This page contains cleaning recipes to help you save time and money on doing laundry, as well as, reduce your usage of harsh chemicals.
I started making natural laundry detergent in my home, but when I put it in the gallons it separated. What is the cause?
I want to make liquid laundry soap with Fels Naptha, borax, Arm & Hammer baking soda, etc. I am not sure what the measure of each is and if there is something else that I missed.
I have had fabric softener stains on some clothes before, usually if it spilled directly on the fabric. Has anyone found that these wrinkle-release spray recipes leave spots or anything?
How can I make a nice aroma conditioner for a dark clothes?
Do you know if I can use your homemade laundry soap recipe instead of HE/high efficiency laundry detergent required for my new machine?
Many years ago when I was a student, I first found a homemade laundry detergent recipe on ThirftyFun (so long ago it wasn't even called TF yet!) and have used a variant of it for years and years.
I buy the Purex laundry crystals, does anyone know how I could make my own? I love the scents they have and make the clean laundry even nicer.
You can make your own fabric softener out of your favorite conditioner for your hair. Put all this together in a container you can easily stir, but do not shake.
Does anyone have a receipe for a wrinkle release spray like Downey? I'm having trouble finding it and also it's very expensive.
In a saucepan, add 2 Tbsp. of cornstarch to 1 cup of water. Stir until dissolved. Place mixture on the stove and stir until it comes to a boil. Turn off stove. The mix will become really thick.
Using a large cookie sheet and spread a box of baking soda on it. Put it in the oven at 400 degrees F for 1 hour. Let it cool and you have your own washing soda for much cheaper.
I would like to know what is the process to get a fresh mint smell in after wash garments? Can we achieve this by doing garment wash? If possible how many washes it will stay in garment?
I recently bought a box of Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda so I can make a new batch of laundry soap. When I opened the box, the whole thing was a solid chunk! Does anyone know a solution to this problem? Thank you for any help.
I would like to make my own blueing, if possible. Anybody know how? All the websites talk about where to buy it.I already make my own washing detergent, Windex, and floor cleaner. This would be ever so helpful.
I made my own laundry detergent, but it separates leaving a white gel at the top. I have to stir it all the time before I use it. It is made with bar soap, washing soda, borax, and water.
I found a way to whiten and brighten my clothes without bleach or Oxyclean, which I am allergic to. I take a bucket of approximately 1/2 gallon of very warm to hot water and 1 cup of lemon ammonia.
I made the homemade laundry detergent last week and was wanting to add the scented oil to have it smell good. I am not sure which scented oil to add and am worried it may get oil on my clothes.
This is the recipe I used: 1 bar of grated fels naptha soap in 4 cups of water in a medium size pan, over medium heat until all soap dissolves. I also added grapefruit scent from Hobby Lobby made for making soap.
I would like to make my own laundry soap. It calls for Fels-Naptha laundry soap, borax, and Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda. I cannot get the soap and washing soda in my area. Would it be okay to use Sunlight pure soap and just regular Arm and Hammer soda instead?
I have liquid laundry soap. It is very smooth, but I want to make it viscous. So, how can I make a viscous liquid?
How can I make a homemade wrinkle remover for the dryer? I like the wrinkle removers that you can spray on your clothes and then put them the dryer. The ones you buy are costly and I wanted a way you can make a solution at home that work as well.
I am looking for a natural laundry stain remover, that I can made at home. I would like something that is chemical free.
I'm very intrigued by the idea of making my own laundry detergent, but I'm also a bit concerned. We purchased a front loader a few years ago and had the same problem as many with odors. After trying different ideas, I stopped using liquid laundry detergent and fabric softener.
Does anyone have the recipe for making the Dryel solution? I am trying to clean the hem of my daughter's hand-made wedding dress, and Dryel seems to be the only thing that does not leave a ring and evaporates completely. It's going to take a lot, but I am determined to get it clean!
Are the homemade washing detergent recipes OK for front loader washing machines?
I make laundry soap for myself and both daughters-in-law. We all really like it and it is so easy. One batch makes 2 gallons of soap and this is how I do it.
What is the shelf life of homemade laundry detergent using borax, soap, and washing soda? Thanks in advance.
I use BioKleen Bac-Out to neutralize the urine smell in my cloth diapers. I am looking for a homemade alternative so I can save some money. Thanks for any suggestions!
This is a super simple way to save a ton of money that goes down the drain for everyone. This also reduces some of the chemical toxicity in the water. For a little work, you can make 20 gallons for less than $5!
I use homemade detergent and I am wanting to buy an essential oil to smell it up some. I would really like a "fresh" and "clean" type scent. Does anyone have any idea what essential oils would be best? Even, if it isn't "clean/fresh" smelling, any ideas would be welcomed, please.
Put these ingredients into a clean spray bottle and shake to mix. Be sure to clearly label the bottle, to use this pre-wash just spray on the stained area of clothing and wash immediately.
Does anyone add Tide or another store bought laundry detergent to your homemade powdered laundry detergent? If so, how much do you add? Mine seems to need a booster. It doesn't get the grimy look out of some clothes.
Please, can anyone give me some advice?I have a brand new HE top loading washing machine being delivered next week and I'm worried if I can use my homemade laundry powder in it.
I would like a detergent recipe for a front load washing machine.
A friend gave me a recipe for homemade laundry soap. It is made with 6 cups of borax, 4 cups of baking soda, 4 cups of washing soda, and 4 cups of graded bar soap.
I would like to ask; what chemicals are likely to be used to make the soap viscous?
Is there a homemade washing soap powder that is safe for HE machines?
I have read the posts on how to make your own fabric softener. Can you then, instead of putting it in on the rinse cycle make your own sheets as others have recommended and use the homemade softener on a sheet in the dryer? I always forget the rinse cycle. Thanks.
Using dish soap for laundry soap is cheaper, but making your own from Ivory soap bars, washing soda (not baking soda), and borax, is extremely cheap and very easy to make.
Does anyone have a recipe for homemade Febreze?
Does anyone have an idea on a homemade fabric softener to use in the wash? I like to hang my clothes up outside, and usually they turn out stiff.
To make a pre-wash stain remover, mix 1/3 part non-sudsing ammonia, 1/3 part dish soap and 1/3 part water. Pour into clearly labeled spray bottle. Apply to stains and allow to sit only 5 minutes, then wash ASAP.
How do I make laundry soap with Fels Naptha soap?
I was buying a bottle of wrinkle releaser every week so I decided to experiment with cost costing methods. At first I simply added water to make the bottle last longer. Then I decided that was still too expensive.
I think I recently saw a recipe (I thought that it was on ThriftyFun, not sure though) for homemade laundry detergent using liquid dishwashing soap. Does anyone have it? Thank you.
I find that Febreze will freshen but the smell only lasts a few hours and with our very humid environment, Febreze does not dry. So I came up with this great home-made Febreze. It really works.
I am looking for a recipe to spot-clean my cotton t-shirts, white blouses, cotton pants, as well as my school-teacher garments. I am spending too much money on spot-removal products at the supermarket. Does anyone have a cleaning solution for me?
I need a recipe for low suds laundry detergent. Thank you.
Anyone have suggestions how to grate down pink Zote soap for laundry detergent? It is quite a soft soap and I have to leave it grated larger or it gets gummy. I would appreciate any suggestions. Thanks.
How do I keep my homemade laundry detergent from clumping? I melt the soap all the way down. It clumps and is not creamy at all. Thanks.
Has anyone priced this homemade laundry detergent (1 bar soap, 1 cup borax, and 1 cup washing soda) per recipe and measured how many loads per recipe?
The dry cleaning sheets you buy at the store to use in the dryer are great, but expensive. Does anyone know how to make your own?
Does anyone have a recipe for a laundry pretreatment that does not have ammonia in it?
I need a cheap, hypoallergenic, recipe for powdered laundry soap.
Instead of buying pricey wrinkle releaser, when the fabric softener bottle is almost empty fill it half way with clear water, shake and pour into a spray bottle. It works exactly the same was as the $4.00+ per bottle stuff in the stores.
I am working on a green laundry detergent recipe. I understand that soap nuts with a few other natural ingredients works great for what I am trying to do but the liquid version of it has to be used within 3 to 4 days. Do you have any suggestions for a longer shelf life?
Hi, i was just wondering if anyone knows of a homemade Nappy Soaking Powder Recipe? We have a product called Napisan down here but it's so expensive. I was hoping to make a similar product from scratch. Thanks
Pour hot water in a empty milk bottle or a detergent bottle. Then add all ingredients and shake to mix. 1/2 cup for small load, 1 cup for large load.
I want to find the old Boraxo, but it appears that no one makes it. The Boraxo now is less powerful. Does anyone know how to make a similar product using borax and another ingredient? Thank you.
I use 1 cup grated and powdered Fels naphtha, 1 cup of borax, and 1 cup of washing soda which I mix and use as a dry powder laundry detergent. I want to use 1 tbsp. for light large loads.
Does anyone know a good recipe for homemade laundry powder without washing soda? I haven't had any luck finding it in my neighborhood grocery stores, and I don't have a car to go farther afield. I know that it's orderable online, but the shipping is really expensive. Would equal parts soap, borax, and baking soda work? Any advice appreciated!
I am looking for a homemade recipe for thick, liquid detergent.
Does anyone have any new ideas on making your own fabric softeners? I am tired of spending a fortune on the products available in the store. Is there a way to save money on this by making your own?
Is homemade laundry soap safe for HE washers?
What do you use to make your own laundry detergent? My husband and I are expecting and I am trying to think of new ways to cut costs. Does anyone know how to make homemade laundry detergent?
I make my own laundry detergent, what can I use to scent the liquid detergent besides essential oil as essential oils tend to make me ill? Can anyone tell me what I can use to scent my detergent and maybe an exact website to order the oils from?
Can I use liquid potpourri instead of essential oil as scent when I make my homemade liquid laundry detergent?
I am looking for a recipe for an anti-mold application on fabric.
I need to know about substitutes for fabric softener. I've heard that vinegar may be used, but what about ammonia?
I make the homemade laundry detergent all the time now and was wondering if any one has tried the Irish spring soap for it and if it works okay for the laundry cleaning? I think it would spell good on the clothes but, wanted to check here before making it.
I save an old fabric softener or detergent bottled (rinsed well). Using a funnel I carefully pour the following into the bottle:
Did you ever see the oxi-clean infomercial? I have the basic recipe for a clone but I need a source where I can buy sodium percarbonate which is the main ingredient. OxiClean is about 70% sodium percarbonate and 30% washing soda (sodium carbonate) with some fungicides added.