like many people as of late, i have had an awakening of sorts about all the chemicals we use on a daily basis for cleaning, washing, spraying lawns, etc. a few weeks ago, i made a simple homemade clothes washing detergent, with little more than Borax, soap, and baking soda. turns out, it cleans better than commercial brands! since then, i’ve made shampoo (which i’m really liking) and now dish soap. here’s a little example of how easy it really is, with a bit of a walk through from last night when i made this rudimentary recipe:
i start out with one bar of this soap.
i chip the bar, (which is my favorite part- it’s very therapeutic for me) and then add the chips into a pan holding 3 cups of hot water, then simmer until all the soap is melted away.
In a small bowl, i then add 1.5 tablespoons of 20 mule team borax (which is also perfect for clothes detergent, i think a large box of borax power cost me less than 4 dollars, and you get A LOT of use out of it) and added 1/4 of a cup of lemon juice (doesn’t need to be fresh-squeezed). Add about 1 tablespoon of baking soda, and watch it fizz when you add this to the lemon juice. :)
Finally, pour your lemon and addings to the pot of soap-water. stir and let it cool a bit. pour it into a bottle, i used my trusty little funnel which is quite elderly. ;)
then you’re done! shake with every use, and since this recipe seems to be rather watery, it’s best to squeeze the soap onto a sponge and go from there, and/or adding it to dish water. there is not a lot of bubble-action, since nasty chemicals are the cause of that stuff, and it really cleans well!
pssst… it’s not really dawn!
the more i learn, the more i want to use all-natural homemade things in my home. it’s better for the environment, better for you, better for your pets, and cheaper!
if you’d like more info & other household recipes, i’ve added a few very informative links. have fun with them; it’s very gratifying to create your own household cleaners!