Quick post with a great recipe that i have started using since trying to eliminate chemicals from my home.
1/4 cup liquid castile soap (I use Dr Bronners)
1 and 3/4 cup distilled or boiled water
2 tablespoons baking soda
8-10 drops antimicrobial essential oils (lavender, tea tree oil, thieves, purification or others)
Mix, pour into bottle and shake/swirl. Squirt some into your toilet bowl and scrub away!
2017 Update [I have since switched to using laundry detergent with soap nuts. Read that post here]
I have been making my own laundry detergent now for 3 years! I love it! Recently with the little one and his propensity for food stains, I have purchased a spray on stain remover for heavy stains But for my husband and I, this detergent has been doing us well. It’s super easy to make and cost effective.
- 1 and 1/2cups Borax
- 1 cup Super Washing Soda
- 1 cup oxygen cleaner such as oxyclean (i have used dollar tree brand with success)1 1 bar of soap, grated
- 20 or so drops of essential oils (optional)
Mix together. I use 2 tablespoons per load in my HE washing machine. I use wool dryer balls in the dryer and sometimes sprinkle some essential oils on for some added scent.
The ingredients can be tricky to find sometimes. I can find washing soda at most grocery stores, but wal-mart or amazon is the only place I have been able to find borax.
There has been so much talk about how anti persperant deoderants can lead to health issues. I ditched mine in the trash, but have been looking for a more natural solution to help with the stink! This alcohol spray works great! Just a note-it doesn’t do anything to reduce the sweat, just the smell. So you might still end up with wet pits, but they won’t stink. I’m okay with that.
Here’s the recipe-super simple! I mixed mine up in a small glass spray bottle and I was good to go!
- high proof liquor (i use vodka) –Some people recommend rubbing alcohol, but this is not considered good to use long term.
- 10 drops of essential oil for 1 oz of alcohol (lavendar, citrus, tea tree oil, or whatever you like!)