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Cleaning Recipes

Laundry soap
2 cups Bar Soap, Grated into fine flakes. (I used some of my homemade
soap. You could use Fels-Naptha. Half of a bar.)
2 cups Borax (I use 20 Mule team Borax.)
2 cups Washing Soda (Not Baking Soda)(I use Arm&Hammer Super Washing
Soda.) Available in the laundry aisle of most supermarkets.

I put bar soap shavings in a bowl and added 1 quart of boiling water to
melt it. Once melted I poured this into a bucket and added the borax
and washing soda and stirred together to dissolve. Then I added 2
gallons of water. This makes a thick liquid. I give it a good stir
before use each time.

Use ¼ cup per load.

Fabric softener -added to rinse water…
2 cups cold water
1 cup baking soda
1 cup vinegar

1- Place baking soda in LARGE bowl and pour vinegar over it; while it’s
bubbling, pour cold water in and mix.
2- Store in sealed container and shake before using to combine all
3 -Add 1/4 cup of mixture to rinse water. Be sure to give it a shake
before using.

Dry Version Laundry Soap – shared by Angela Owens

3 bars of soap
1 box borax
1 box Washing Soda
2 cups of baking soda
2 containers of dollar store Oxyclean

 Grate the soap fine and mix all ingredients and store in a large container. Use 2 tbsp per load. Sometimes I add fragrance, but usually not. My guys all have sensitive skin.


Spray for Stain Removing

1/2 Cup Ammonia
1/2 Cup White Vinegar
2 Tablespoons Laundry Detergent (see above)
2 Quarts Water

Mix well, and store in spray bottle.

Removing Rust from Fabric
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon sour milk
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda (fresh)

Place all the ingredients in a small bowl and mix thoroughly into a paste.  Rub the paste into the rust stain and allow it to remain for 1 minute before laundering the garment.  never allow the paste to remain more than 3 minutes or it could damage the fabric.

For Heavily Soiled Work Clothes
3 cups of soda ash
5 cups masonry sand

Place the ingredients into a container and mix well, then store in a cool, dry place in a well sealed container.  Place 2 tablespoons of the dry mixture into the load along with your regular detergent.

Simple Household Disinfectant:
2 tablespoons of borax
2 cups very hot tap water
1/4 cup of pure lemon juice

Place all ingredients into a spray bottle and shake vigorously until well blended.

Oven Cleaner
2 Tablespoons Castile Soap (grated)
2 Tablespoons Beeswax

Put the soap and the borax into a spray bottle and fill with hot water then shake until all the ingredients are mixed and dissolved.  Spray on oven stains and allow to sit for 20 minutes before rinsing with clear warm water.  Some scrubbing may be needed.

Overnight Oven cleaner
3/4 cup household ammonia
1 Tablespoon liquid handsoap
1 quart of hot tap water

Pour ammonia in a cup and place in the oven.  Close the oven and allow to remain overnight.  The next morning remove the cup of ammonia and clean the oven with the liquid soap and warm water. The ammonia fumes should have dissolved the residues in the oven.


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7 Responses to "Cleaning Recipes"

  1. Charlene Makofsky says:

    Will ZOAT Soap work as well (the old fashioned pink bar?) Or is too mild? Wal Mart sells it. It’s a good soap for hand washing items.

    1. Angelia Angelia says:

      Charlene, I don’t think it is strong enough.

      1. Miss Charlene (Makofsky) says:

        Thanks, Angie. I felt the same way. It is quite delicate.

  2. Danita Carroll says:

    I have been looking for a landry detergent recipe, thanks! Do you sell soap in your store?

  3. Amanda says:

    Hi I really like your website. I make my own Laundry detergent too. I use one third of a bar of Zote soap that is 14.1oz for 99cents at my Walmart. It works really well for me and now I have my aunt and my Nana using it too and they like it.

  4. Karen Anne says:

    I make my own laundry soap with a similar recipe of and on (use bought detergent in between). I would love to be able to use homemade all the time but I have a problem with soap residue. I use a small amount or a larger amount (we have a super sixe washer) and still the residue build up.We live on well water but it is a perfect mixture (thank you Lord!) it is the best drinking water in the world so I am guessing it is not too hard. Does anyone have any suggestions? I have seen some recipes that actually use salt….

  5. Cassandra says:

    Thanks for the great article. I used Ivory soap that I shredded and then I put it all in the food processor. It now resembles store bought laundry powder but works better. I use 1/4 cup per load of laundry. For the fabric softener I put a gallon of vinegar in a sun tea jar and then peeled 4 oranges and 2 lemons into the vinegar. I let it set for 24 hrs and the oils from the peels infused into the vinegar. I use 1/4 cup per load in the rinse cycle cup. I am very happy with the results.

    I am now trying to make dish soap but haven’t been able to find one that cuts grease and doesn’t leave a film. Today I used a little bit of my laundry powder and then put some vinegar in the rinse water. The vinegar did help but I still wasn’t real pleased with it. I found a recipe that calls for super washing soda, borax, and powdered lemonade or food grade citric acid. I will try it with a package of lemonade powder and hope it does a better job.

    Do you all make your own dish soap, and if so, how do you make it?

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