I’ve been on the natural living kick for some time now, but my passion for using chemical free products has grown substantially since becoming a mom. Obviously I want to limit my child’s exposure to harsh chemicals. Skin is the body’s largest organ, so everything we put on it is absorbed into our system immediately. Thus, we try to use as many natural body products as possible. We inhale the chemicals in conventional cleaning products every time we use them, so we have ditched those entirely. There’s nothing a little vinegar and tee tree oil can’t clean!
While it’s easier to just go out and buy organic products at the store, it’s much cheaper and way more eco friendly to make them at home yourself.
And you most likely already have a lot of the needed ingredients at home in your pantry, so it’s not hard to get started.
Today I had to restock my laundry detergent, body wash, and stain remover, so I thought I’d share those recipes with you. They’re super easy to make, extremely affordable, and they work wonders for us.
LIQUID LAUNDRY DETERGENT
I’ve tried several different recipes for laundry detergent and this is my personal favorite. It’s a liquid detergent and there’s no grating of bar soap involved (thank goodness!).
17 c water
1 c Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap
1 c Borax
1 c washing soda
10-15 drops essential oil (optional)
1.) Bring 6 cups of water in a big pot to a slight boil and turn off the heat.
2.) Stir in washing soda and until dissolved.
3.) Add Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Castile liquid soap.
4.) Add 11 cups of room temp water and 10-15 drops of lavender essential oil (optional) and stir to combine.
5.) Use a funnel or a measuring cup with a spout to pour into an old laundry detergent container or a large mason jars.
Shake before each use and use about 1/4 cup per load. More or less depending on the size and soil level of the load. This detergent does not create suds, but don’t be alarmed, it perfectly cleans your soiled threads!
I use this for all of my baby’s laundry and cloth wipes and haven’t had any irritation issues whatsoever. If your little one has super sensitive skin, test it by throwing one of their onesies in there with a load of your clothes before you wash a whole load of baby clothes! I do not use this on my cloth diapers.
LIQUID STAIN REMOVER
This one is stupid easy. It works just like Oxy Clean stain remover spray but for a fraction of the price!
2 oz. Dawn dish soap
4 oz. hydrogen peroxide
1.) Combine ingredients in a spray bottle and shake gently to combine.
If you have a peri bottle, you can make it in that because it has the ounce measurements right on the bottle. I keep the peri bottle on Rue’s changing station for the days she has blow outs, and make a triple batch that I keep in an old Oxy Clean spray bottle by the washing machine.
I’ve used it on dozens of her outfits and have never had an issue with it bleaching colors, but feel free to test it yourself just to be safe.
This stuff works wonders on pit stains!
If you have older kids, let them help – it makes a cool little science project because the peroxide bleaches out the blue dish soap. So it starts out a blue solution, and ends up completely clear! Pretty fun!
NOTE: Store in a cool, dark place as sunlight will break down the hydrogen peroxide.
14 oz. filtered water
1 1/3 c Dr. Bronner’s liquid castille soap
10.5 t vegetable glycerin
17 drops essential oil (optional)
2.) Store in an empty body wash container or Dr. Bronner’s bottle.
This body wash works great in a foaming spray bottle making it even more affordable and easy to lather!
I honestly couldn’t live without these products. I feel safe using them on my little one and I save a lot of money so we can get out and do things we love. Like hiking, brunching, and shopping. Which is what we have in store for us today!
We hope you have a great weekend and if you have any down time, try out one of these recipes and let me know what you think!
L, M, & R