Facebook Pinterest Twitter
{ Posts by Laura }
{ Ask Laura }

Laura's at-home business:

Facebook Pinterest Twitter
{ Posts by Rachel }
{ Ask Rachel }

Rachel's cottage industry:


Homemade Cleaner Recipes

Homemade cleaners--add the recipe to the outside of your bottle and they will always be there when you are ready to make more!

A few months ago, I would’ve called you crazy if you told me that three months from now, I’d be making all my own cleaners.  But, here we are, a few months later, and I’m making my own hand soap, laundry detergent, fabric softener, soft scrub, all-purpose cleaner, oven cleaner, window cleaner, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, body wash and toilet bowl cleaner–and I don’t ever plan to go back!

If you get on Pinterest these days, homemade cleaner recipes are a dime a dozen.  But, most of the work involved in the transition to homemade cleaners for me was the research that went into collecting recipes for different cleaners and the trial and error of testing them and figuring what worked best.  Since I’ve done all that work now, I thought, why not go ahead and share them with all of you?  Maybe I can take the guess work out of it for you and make it even easier for you to make the switch.  

So, I will do a list of cleaners and detergent recipes in this post, tested and approved by yours truly.  For those of you who know my cleaning habits, that may not give you much assurance.  I don’t keep a spic and span house, and you would never want to eat food off my floor, but I do have a decent standard of cleanliness.  Mostly, I don’t like to spend a lot of time cleaning, so when I do, I want my cleaners to work well and make my job easier.  All these recipes fit this bill.  As well, I’ve made sure these recipes are as all-natural as possible, that the base ingredients overlap as much as possible, and that the ingredients are as easily accessible as possible–this way, these recipes are good for the environment, your family, your time, and your budget!



Homemade Powder Laundry Detergent

The ingredients

Used stand mixer to shred the soap

After processing it

A few weeks ago, my sister shared how to make homemade laundry detergent.  Well, I made it and it turned out to be thicker than I wanted and I didn’t have a stock pot big enough for the experiment so I decided that perhaps, a powder was a better solution for us.  I don’t mind powder and my machine has a special place just for the powder so that plenty of water rushes through the detergent to dissolve it.  (more…)


Update to Homemade Laundry Detergent

Written by
Nov 11, 2011 | Pinteresting Finds, Topics | Tags: ,

Meet, The Blob

Before blending, very gloppy, but still very useable

Whipping it up with the handy dandy submersion blender

So, my sister tried my homemade laundry detergent recipe and commented that her consistency was very thick, nearly solid when it finally cooled.  It had been a while since I made my first batch, so I’d kind of forgotten all the exact details regarding the end product.  But, I whipped up another batch today and had a similar experience to Laura.  So, I thought I’d do a quick follow up, lest anyone else have this experience and think their efforts were wasted–I assure you, all’s not lost.



Homemade Laundry Detergent

I read the Duggar’s book, 20 and Counting, a couple years ago.  In that book, they offered a recipe for a powdered laundry detergent.  But, I’ve always been partial to liquid detergents, so I never tried making it.  That book planted a seed of desire to try making my own detergent, so when I saw a recipe for a liquid version on Pinterest, I was all ready to try try it.  It took me a little time to track down all the components that I needed, but last week I finally brewed a batch, and am very pleased.  As well, I tried a couple easy recipes for fabric softener, and have been very happy with them as well.