I’ve gone “green” and “natural” on almost all cleaning and beauty products in my house. However, I happened to find a small amount of Pledge dusting spray left in a cabinet a few weeks ago. I didn’t even know I had it until my mom came over to clean my house for me (since I’m 38 weeks pregnant) and started using it. She mentioned that I needed to get more Pledge since I was almost out, but I of course don’t want toxic chemicals in my home (especially with a newborn coming soon) so I wanted to make my own dusting spray. You can buy the high-priced “green” cleaning products at the store, which I definitely do most of the time since I’m so busy, but my goal is to start making my own cleaning/laundry products more often so I can save money and cut back on plastic waste. Another reason to make your own laundry detergent is so that you know every single ingredient going on your family’s skin. Here are a few recipes you’ll want to try:
Ingredients you need:
- 2 Tsp. Light Olive Oil
- 1/4 cup White Vinegar
- 20 drops Lemon-Essential Oil
- Warm Water (fill the rest of bottle)
- 16 oz Spray bottle
Shake well before using. It’s probably beneficial to use a damp cloth so you don’t just move the dust around.
For General Cleaning Around the House:
Mix 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1/4 cup of distilled vinegar for every quart of water. Wipe down all surfaces.
Laundry Detergent (The most basic one out there)
Ingredients You’ll Need:
- Soap: Fels-Naptha is the most popular soap used. You could also just use Ivory soap.
- Arm & Hammer Washing Soda: NOT baking soda.
- Lavender or Orange Essential Oil (Optional)
Directions: Remember this Ratio: 1:1:1
- Grate your bar of soap (as finely as possible).
- Mix it with 1 cup of Borax & 1 cup of Washing Soda
- Stir together for approximately 5 minutes.
- Optional: Add 1/2-1oz of your favorite essential oil & stir.
- Use about 2 Tbsp. per load of laundry.
This is a dry laundry detergent recipe but there are recipes out there for liquid ones. Good luck & enjoy that extra money you save!
Kristen M. Pardue, RD, LDN, CLC