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Homemade Dish Soap

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Although we never think about how to toxic dish soap may be, simply because we use it to clean our dishes, conventional dish soaps many times contain ingredients such as chlorine, alkyl phenoxy ethanols (APEs), dichloromethane (DCM), diethanolamine (DEA), dioxane, phosphates, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, and synthetic fragrances. These are the chemicals your grandma warned you about.

When you make this dish soap, you’ll notice that it is definitely soapy, but it is not sudsy. This is because it does not contain the chemicals that conventional dish soaps use to make it sudsy. Instead, this homemade soap contains Castile Soap, which is made with fat of purely vegetable origin, rather than animal fats (like conventional soaps). This type of soap has historically been highly prized and viewed as a high quality soap, which is gentle on the skin and useful for a range of other applications.

Let’s get started! You’ll never buy conventional dish soap again!

1 1/2 cup Hot Water
1/2 cup Liquid Castile Soap
1 tbsp White Vinegar
1 tbsp Washing Soda
1/8 tsp  Tea Tree Oil
(I’ve also read that you can add 1 tbsp of shredded bar soap to thicken the soap,
however, I have yet to try this technique myself.)

Combine all the ingredients.
Make sure the Washing Soda is thoroughly blended with the liquid (and the bar soap is melted).

Allow the mixture to cool completely. Store in a squirt bottle (I used an old dish soap bottle!).

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Homemade “Goo Gone”

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I love to re-use store-bought containers (spaghetti sauce, soy sauce, coconut oil, etc.) for my homemade concoctions. Instead of sending people home with samples of my homemade products in my nice mason jars, I send them home with these jars.

This super easy duo works wonders on jars and even plastic containers. Just peel the label off as best you can, then use this paste to remove the sticky adhesive residue. I personally soak the container for a bit before I begin rubbing at it, to make it a little easier

Coconut Oil
Baking Soda

Combine to create a thick paste.
Start with a little bit of coconut oil, and add baking soda. Adjust as needed.

Rub at the adhesive residue with your fingers.
I’ve found that rubbing in a circular motion works best.

Wash with dish soap to rid the oil, and rinse well!

Homemade Grease Cutter

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I take baths in coconut oil, so I mainly use this stuff to clean my bathtub. It’s pretty awesome if I do say so myself!

2 cups Water
1/4 cup Castile Soap
Essential Oils

Combine and store in a spray bottle.
*Shake well before use.

Homemade Floor Cleaner

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I am the mother of a toddler and a newborn. I have quite a difficult time keeping my toddler out of the dust piles when I sweep, keeping the vacuum cleaner out of her hands while I attempt to vacuum the living room floor, and off the floors while I’m on my hands and knees scrubbing hairspray from the linoleum. The last thing I need is my children to crawl all over a freshly washed bathroom floor, getting cleaner chemicals all over their little fingers. So, here we have a non-toxic solution:

1 cup White Vinegar
1 cup Rubbing Alcohol
1 cup Water
2-3 drops Dish Soap
10-15 drops Essential Oil

Combine and store in a spray bottle.
Shake well before use.

Homemade Glass Cleaner

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I wouldn’t say I’m a perfectionist, however, I do love to see immediate results when I clean. So, this product was a little unusual to get used to, however, I’d much rather use these cheap, easy and clean non-toxic cleaners than inhale the smell of Windex. The results of this glass cleaner are phenomenal, despite the weird cloudy fog that covers the glass as your wiping… Just give it a few seconds to clear, and you’ll have yourself a spotless reflection!

1/4 cup Rubbing Alcohol
1/4 cup White Vinegar
1 tbsp. Corn Starch
2 cups Warm Water

Combine and store in a spray bottle.
*Shake well before use!

Homemade Furniture Polish

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A This is a homemade solution to replace the toxic furniture polish, Pledge. This stuff is great to dust your wooden furniture, and it even smells fresh and less toxic. The olive oil does a great job conditioning wooden furniture, and the vinegar does a fantastic job cleaning it.

2 tsp. Olive Oil
1 tsp. Lemon Essential Oil
1/4 cup Distilled White Vinegar
1- 3/4 cup Water
Spray Bottle

Mix all the ingredients in the spray bottle.
Voila! 

Note! Because there is oil in this solution, I usually shake up the bottle before each use and as I’m dusting.

Homemade Laundry Detergent

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I’ve heard stories of people making their own cleaning products. I always thought they were pretty special, in the sense that, didn’t just make more sense to buy it and be done?

Well, I’ve converted. I made my own powdered laundry detergent and I’m sold! I’ll never use store-bought detergent’s again. In fact, this detergent is one of the reasons I’ve continued to research even more homemade cleaners and solutions!

This detergent is SO easy, it’s non-toxic, and you literally only need a tablespoon or less per load, depending on the size of your washer. What!? Yes, this powder will last you so much longer than anything that you can buy in a store, and, it’s safer for your skin with fewer chemicals. I haven’t done the math myself, but it is amazingly cheap, considering you only use a portion of each ingredient, which is already cheap to begin with, the detergent lasts for months, and the ingredients are universal (you can use them for many many other homemade products)! I dare you to try this recipe. You’ll never want to walk down the cleaner aisle at Wal-Mart again.

1 bar of Fels-Naptha soap
3 cups Borax
3 cups Washing Soda 

Finely shred the bar of Fels-Naptha soap (I use a cheese grater),
and blend all of the ingredients together in an air-tight container.

That’s it!

Use 1 tbsp. per load (or less for smaller loads).

I highly highly highly suggest using distilled white vinegar to keep the clothes from getting stiff. Either put a cup in your rinse agent, or if you’re like me and have a really old washer, just dump a cup in at the start of the rinse cycle. It is definitely worth it!

*Please note: Different cities and areas have different water treatments, so consider whether you have hard or soft water, and adjust the amount of detergent and vinegar you use per load.