We all have these ideas in our head, about the "perfect" home...thanks to the propaganda of Martha Stewart. A place for everything, and everything in its place. It's not a bad thing, it's just unattainable for most people (all the time).
Being unrealistic is not the point here. I want to focus for a moment on the 'reality'. I want to draw some attention to the lies we've been taught to believe, without question, when it comes to what "clean" really is. If I gave you a thousand dollars to go out and buy all the stuff you needed to keep your house clean, and presentable...you could easily blow that in one afternoon with hundreds of products sold to attain that goal. It would all cut through the grease, grime, and bacteria to leave your home bright white, sparkling, and smelling like perfumery....BUT, would it be CLEAN?? That all depends on what your definition of "clean" is.
Does clean mean toxic and hazardous to your health? Bcuz that's what all those products are. The leave a wonderful chemical residue on every surface they touch, including the clothes that you wear, and the skin on your body. You breath them in, you ingest them, and absorb them through your skin. They irritate your eyes, and your respiratory system, they cloud your mind, and they throw your digestive system off balance. But........they smell good, and they deep clean your psychological issues for short periods. They make you FEEL good in your mind for a short time, but physically, and slowly....they're making you sick.
For less then $20, you can buy everything you need to really clean your house the healthy way! The main staple ingredients for all homemade cleaners are: baking soda, washing soda, borax, natural soap, sea salt, and distilled vinegar. That's it! From this short list, you can make all your household cleaning products: dish soap, dishwasher soap, laundry soap, carpet freshener, scouring powder, no-poo shampoo, body wash, floor cleaner, glass cleaner, etc. Splurge $80 on a refurbished steam cleaner, and you can pocket $900 of the money I gave you! You can also give yourself a huge pat on the back, for not being one of those ignorant people, who wastes their hard earned money on unhealthy garbage!! You can now also drive all your friends and family nuts by constantly
preaching, er.....sharing your wisdom!
Depending on how much toxic garbage you tossed out.....notice the small differences, and feel good about them! Are you and your family breathing better? Not waking up congested, tired, and foggy feeling? Do your clothes feel cleaner? Do you feel cleaner? Are you thinking, "This is really EASY and cool, and I could easily do this all the time!" You should be.
Grate one third of the bar of Fels Naptha. Combine grated soap with 4 cups water. Heat in large pot until mixture begins to boil and the soap melts. Turn heat down until mixture is at a slow boil. Add washing soda and stir till completely dissolved. Add borax and continue stirring till completely dissolved. Stir constantly while cooking, and don't walk away. Do not let the mixture boil over! Remove from heat, until boiling subsides, then return to heat. Cook until all ingredients are completely dissolved, then remove from heat.
Add 4 cups of water to a 5 gallon bucket. Slowly pour in the cooked mixture and stir. Add an additional 1 gallon + 6 cups cold water and stir again. Immediately pour mixture, divided equally into two 1-gallon jugs. It's important to leave space at the top of each jug, in order to shake mixture up, before each use.
RECOMMENDED AMOUNT = 1/3 CUP PER LOAD
Pretty simple. Grate soap, mix all ingredients, and store in an air-tight container.
Enough soap to do 2 loads a day for 6-8 months. Same shopping list as above, but you're using the entire box of each ingredient.
RECOMMENDED AMOUNT FOR BOTH THE ABOVE RECIPES = 2 TBS
The above two recipes are from the COUNTING TO TEN blog. Check her out for lots of great, green inspiration!
I made up my first batch using the first HOMEMADE DRY LAUNDRY SOAP recipe. Only change I made was using the entire bar of Fels Naptha which worked out to almost 2 cups. I washed a load of clothes right away, but noticed that there was still some dirt on one of the blankets, that the dog had been sleeping on. So, I added another 1/3 cup soap, and this time I'm letting it soak awhile before finishing the wash. Fingers crossed.....it'll all come out clean. When this batch is finished, I'm gonna try the cooked/liquid method, and see how that works.
FOR WHITE LOADS ADD 1/2 CUP OF HYDROGEN PEROXIDE. LET SOAK A FEW HOURS TO OVERNIGHT BEFORE FINISHING THE WASH.
TO CONTROL STATIC CLING, USE A WADDED UP PIECE OF ALUMINIUM FOIL IN THE DRY. CAN BE REUSED AGAIN AND AGAIN.
*** IF YOU CAN'T FIND WASHING SODA AT YOUR GROCERY STORE. I READ THAT YOU CAN MAKE WASHING SODA FROM BAKING SODA, BY BAKING IT AT 400 DEGREE F. THIS IS WHAT I DID. NOT SURE IF IT WORKS SINCE I HAVE NOTHING TO COMPARE IT TO, YET. I BAKED IT FOR ABOUT 15 MINUTES. MAKE SURE TO OPEN SOME WINDOWS...WAS SORT OF A NASTY SMELL AND SMOKE COMING FROM THE OVEN. MIGHT HAVE OVER DONE IT. :/ LEAVE A COMMENT IF YOU CAN ADD YOUR SAGE WISDOM ABOUT THIS.
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