Sustainable Token of the Week…

Posted on: February 3rd, 2013 by

My Detergent Recipe 3.26.13

2 cups of washing soda (different from baking soda)

2 cups of borax

1 1/2 cups of liquid (stir very gradually) or 2 shredded bars of castile soap (I like the lavender scent)

Supplies I use:

measuring cup

tablespoon to stay in bucket

two gallon bucket

~Mix ingredients well.  Careful not to clump together, I start with dryer ingredients first and then work with wet.  I use 1-2 tablespoons per load!  This recipe makes about 180-200 loads!!  So have fun saving money and not buying laundry detergent for a while!!!!


Chemical Free cleaning 2.3.13

“But I don’t have time to make my own cleaning products!”

By the time it takes you get in your car (or on your bike or train), find a parking space, buy things you don’t really need, you could have your basic cleaning needs from things you already have at home!

My secret stash

My secret stash

I like to know what is in everything that I use, if I don’t know how to pronounce or if the product contains words like “Danger” or “Poison”, I don’t use it.  I have been making my own cleaning products (and laundry detergent) for about two months now, I feel great, not only am I saving a bunch of money, but it feels so good not to have residue on anything…oh yeah and it is sooo green!

Don’t worry if you already have bottles of cleaner, I did not pour everything out to start over, when all the products are gone just reuse the bottle!!

I clean almost everything with three basic ingredients, water, and a little elbow grease.

  1. baking soda
  2. vinegar
  3. lemon juice

For an all-purpose cleaner, use 2 tablespoons of baking soda and water.

To clean glass or windows, use 1 tablespoon of vinegar and water.

For a quick carpet deodorizer, sprinkle baking soda.

To clean tiled floors in the kitchen or bathroom, sprinkle baking soda and sometimes hydrogen peroxide for hard spots.

For harder things to clean, I use borax, washing powder, and castile soap (three ingredients I use for laundry detergent)

I use 1 tsp of borax, 1/2 tsp of washing soda, and  soap for a heavy-duty cleaner

For more information check out the chemericaldocumentary Chemerical to see further ideas on how to change your cleaning and beauty habits!


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