Laundry

I finally used up my gigantic bottle of laundry detergent and am excited to present my laundry post. This laundry post was created with the same philosophy as my cleaning product post: Make the process and product super simple and limit waste. As always, the ingredients in these recipes are pulled right off the Terrific Twenty list. Below you can find simple recipes for making detergent, stain removers and fabric softeners. One thing that is important to keep in mind is that baking soda and vinegar counteract each other. I tend to either use the laundry detergent or a vinegar rinse, but not both at the same time. Vinegar can also be tough on fabrics such as cotton when used too frequently. However, I promise, vinegar is your friend when it comes to laundry.

What You Need

  1. 1/2 Gallon Container
  2. 1/2c  Dr Bronner’s Castille Soap
  3. 1/2c  Baking Soda
  4. 1c Water
  5. 1/8c Salt

What To Do

  1. Dissolve the salt and baking soda in warm water in your container.
  2. Add the Dr Bronner’s Castille Soap.
  3.  Fill the remainder of the container with water.
  4. Mix.
  5. Use 1/4c per load.

Note: The final product may fix up a little, just let it settle before you add more water. I have to shake my container before each use as it tends to settle. You can buy a set of measuring cups at the dollar store and just keep a 1/4c measurer right on top of your container for easy use!

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Stain Removal

What You Need

  1. A Large Bowl (I bought mine at the dollar store)
  2. A Sink
  3. Device for Boiling Water
  4. Vinegar
  5. Salt
  6. Baking Soda

What To Do

All stains are not created equal. There are a variety of ways to treat different types of stains.

Everyday Stains/Smells

Soaking the stain in a vinegar-water solution before washing has proved successful for me. Try your best to remove the stain before it sets in the dryer. I use vinegar the majority of the time and just keep a bottle under the sink for easy access. Pouring hot, boiling water over certain stains can remove them quite quickly. Be careful to not splash! If the stain is fresh try soaking it up with baking soda or salt before trying the vinegar-water soak or boiling water.

Blood stains must be treated a bit differently than other stains. Do not use hot water on blood stains. First, try soaking the stain in ice water. If that does not work make a paste using salt and cool water; scrub the stain to try and draw it out.

Towels

Vinegar helps to remove smells. As I mentioned before, I wash my bath towels with about 1 cup of vinegar in the washing machine (no detergent, but sometimes a few drops of essential oils). My kitchen cloths and reusable cleaning cloths can pick up pretty bad smells (especially if not left out to dry completely). Before washing in hot water, I soak in a vinegar-water solution for about an hour. Make sure to separate kitchen towels from cloths that have been used to clean the bathroom.

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Kitchen towels soaking

Fabric Softener

What You Need

  1. 1/4c Baking Soda
  2. 1/2c White Vinegar

What To Do

  1. Add the baking soda along with the detergent when you start your load.
  2. Add the white vinegar to the final rinse cycle.

Note: I don’t find fabric softeners necessary, but I do use this with my towels on occasion. We reuse our towels for about a week so if they are starting to smell I just throw them in the washing machine with a cup of vinegar and choose the hot water cycle. The vinegar alone gets the smell out and leaves them nice and fresh. The above fabric softener recipe is great to use before you have guests! And of course feel free to drop in a few (2-3) drops of your favorite essential oil.

Do you have any tricks for removing stains? I would love to hear about them!

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Laundry

  1. Easy and cheap – love it! We have Dr Bronner’s soap in the UK but it usually comes not as plain unscented castille soap but in delicious smelling ones, I’m assuming that’s OK to use too?

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