01 October 2011

I Think I Can...Make Homemade Cleaners!

Hello Internets! I'm Rachael and I am making my first appearance as a guest blogger for I Think I Can Moms.

I live in Nebraska with my hubs and two year old little tornado, and today, I ran out of laundry detergent. I had been really gearing up for "the end" as I have been on a major Pinterest binge and have just been drinking in the smart and creative ideas that are shared there. Feel free to follow me and see the exciting shortcuts I'm finding that work for my everyday life! Anyways, back to the lack of laundry detergent. Minor segue is that my father-in-law is recently starting over and moving into an apartment on his own and I took it upon myself to make it a personal mission to see if I can create a household out of my clutter that has taken over my garage and I am pretty close! This was an opportunity to make a big enough batch to share with him at his new place!

So...the task at hand: Make homemade cleaners! The challenge? Blog it! Here goes!

First things first. Occupy 2 year old. Sesame Street, old friend... Also, a cute idea I found on Pinterest! I taped a piece of contact paper up for T the Tornado to stick things to.

Then the first order of business is Homemade Laundry Soap!
First of all, I love how easy this recipe is. This is mostly a story in pictures! Of note, I would tell myself that I'm an idiot for not using a breathing mask because that was dumb... I now have learned. It wasn't anything toxic, just powder in the air.

1 4 lb box Borax

1 4 lb box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
1 4lb box Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
3 bars of Fels-naptha soap
*optional*2 small containers of oxyclean or store brand oxyclean

I found a metal tub in the garage to line with a trash bag and got a little fancy and actually *sifted* my "dry ingredients (borax, washing soda, baking soda and oxyclean). I really doubt that's necessary, but it just seemed...right.

So soft and fine... I love my sifter.

Following this, I pulled out my tiny little food processor (because I don't own a cheese grater...oops) and chopped soap. How many of you can say you chopped soap (?!!??!!?) today? Then pulsed it into little bits.

This is NOT cheese. I repeat, this is NOT cheese. Do NOT eat it!
When I had combined all the ingredients, I twisted the top shut and kinda did the mambo around my kitchen. There may have been funny stares, as well as a leak sprung. Of note? Double-bag it unless you like to sweep.

After it was sufficiently mixed, I cut the corner of the trash bag to serve as its own funnel to pour into the buckets.
I had promised a friend a "sampler" so they could decide if they liked it before they made a huge batch.

I am so happy with how this turned out! I used the small scoops from the little store brand oxyclean buckets for each ice cream bucket since 1 TBSP is supposed to be adequate. So this should last 4-6 months! Awesome. One last picture of how pretty my hard work turned out.
At this point, I turned my attention to some spray cleaners! Like a surface cleaner, "Windex," "Febreze," and a great degreaser (can you say George Foreman grill??).  Again, a story in pictures and links, because it was pretty easy to pour and stir...

Surface Cleaner
Courtesy of Cassie, here at ITICM
1 tsp dish soap
1 c vinegar
4 c water

1/8 Cup (1oz) White Ammonia
1/4 Cup (4oz) Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol
1 Drop Laundry Detergent
Water - To Fill The Bottle

I thought Lemon Ammonia would smell better, and I only had Wintergreen Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol in the cabinet. Hubs says this might make it streak. I hope he's wrong! Also, I don't use liquid laundry detergent (duh...) so I used a drop of Dawn. Wow, I really thought outside the box for this recipe. LOL...
Shaklee is a really cool organic company that I was introduced to recently and it is bizarre how many different recipes they have. Their cleaning concentrate Basic H2 is awesome! It's $12 but I don't think that I will use it within 3 years. Their degreaser recipe is so easy. 1 1/2 tsp of Basic H2 and 32 oz of water! Check it out here! 

Courtesy of Holly, a contributer to ITICM
4 Tbsp Fabric Softener
1 Tbsp Baking Soda
Fill with warm water

I feel so productive! Look at all this! So now I get to keep a bottle and give a bottle, keep a bucket and give a bucket. My father-in-law is all set to keep clean in his new place and I don't have to worry about cleaners for 6 months! Not to mention, my house smells so clean!!!

Last, but not least... how did that contact paper collage go?

Until next time!

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