Cleaning Products

Safe “Miracle” Laundry Whitening Recipes

by Ivory Soap Cleaning Products

  I mentioned in the last post that some laundry recipes online mix things that aren’t supposed to be mixed.  However, it appears that the users are putting them in the washer in such a way that there is no immediate reaction that chokes them out of the house.  But, rather than gambling on someone […]

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DIY Laundry Solutions Safety Warning!

by Ivory Soap Cleaning Products

  After years of DIY solution making, I stopped looking around the net for new ones.  However, in an effort to shake up my DIY cleaning routine, I started checking out some popular sites and recipes.  I am continually irritated by recipes with ingredients that cancel each other out or deteriorate and lose cleaning power […]

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Half-Time DIY: The Cleaning Product Review

by Ivory Soap Cleaning Products

  Daisy and I have taught many a class on DIY cleaning products.  And after years of trial an error, I find that I’m a halfsy at heart.  I still keep spray bottles of alcohol and vinegar around for general spray down, but when there’s something that might really require elbow grease, I still go […]

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Half-time DIY: The Laundry Review

by Ivory Soap Cleaning Products

After years of DIY, I have to admit, that when it comes to laundry, I’m only half committed to DIY.  Once every six months I mix up a TON of powder and use it until it’s gone.  But until I get in the mood to make it again, I pick up the Tandil while I’m […]

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Homemade Laundry Detergent: New Tutorial

by Ivory Soap Cleaning Products

Homemade laundry detergent, one of the simplest DIY projects, can be really confusing for a first timer, so here’s an updated tutorial.  But first…….. *LIQUID DETERGENT LOSES POTENCY IF NOT KEPT ABSOLUTELY AIR TIGHT* I just needed to get that off my chest before people start asking me about it.  ANY baking soda, washing soda, […]

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How to Use Homemade Laundry Detergent-Tutorial

by Ivory Soap Cleaning Products

  I get asked this all the time, so here’s a photo tutorial of me actually doing laundry.  Exciting, I know. As you see above, I keep my ground up washing soda and soap in an old baby formula can with a tablespoon measure I stole from the kids’ cooking set. 1.  Start to load […]

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DIY Stainless Steel Cleaner(s)

by Ivory Soap Cleaning Products

  Commercial stainless steel cleaners can be some of the fumiest, most flammable products in your home.   This is because the vast majority of them contain a waterless solvent (read: petrochemical).  This gives you a spray-on, wipe off experience requiring no elbow grease.  Another magical property of the commercial brands is corn starch, long […]

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Skin Irritation, Hard Water: DIY Laundry Detergent Troubleshooting

by Ivory Soap Cleaning Products

Irritation and Yellowing Lots of folks choose DIY detergents for skin irritation.  But then they’re skin is still irritated!  There are no additives, right?  And why are my clothes getting dingy and yellowing? Amazingly, it’s NOT additives that get most people.  It’s the pH of the clothes when they come out.  Even with no additives, […]

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3 Things Before You Mix Baking Soda and Vinegar

by Ivory Soap Cleaning Products

I see so many DIY recipes where people mix baking soda and vinegar together.  The main value of this is the immediate reaction.  It lifts and breaks up dirt, but after that, what you have leftover is just salt water.  That salt has no cleaning ability beyond the mild ability to suspend hard water deposits, […]

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DIY Granite/Multipurpose Cleaner

by Ivory Soap Cleaning Products

by James Bowe  I hate mixing proprietary cleaners.  But, I don’t have special surfaces in my kitchen.  I like the flexibility of choosing my solvent based on my mood.  But if you have granite, marble, tile/grout as your countertops, you have limited options for safe cleaners.  But the good news is, you have limited options. […]

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Baking Soda Body Care: 5 Things You Should Know

by Ivory Soap Cleaning Products

1.  Straight baking soda irritates sensitive skin. I have sensitive skin.   Most commercial products irritate my skin.  Baking soda is a really gentle, effective  product for sensitive skin, if  diluted by something else.  If you are using baking soda as a homemade deodorant or shampoo or body wash, be careful.  I use a dilute […]

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Even Simpler DIY Stain Routine

by Ivory Soap Cleaning Products

Yesterday, I did a presentation on DIY cleaning at my local library.  I think I learned as much as they did.  Having to explain the stain routine and answer questions really helped me refine it.  The best contribution, though, was a lady who knew what old-timers used to use for enzyme cleaners before the fancy […]

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10 Things You Should Know Before Making Homemade Laundry Detergent

by Ivory Soap Cleaning Products

I have spent HOURS on the this database researching all of the possible chemical formulations of laundry detergent, and like dishwasher detergent, it has completely CHANGED how I make homemade laundry detergent! Cleaning Power 1. NO commercial detergents contain BORAX and WASHING SODA together. It’s an either/or.   Powder is washing soda.  Liquid detergents have borax, usually […]

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10 Things You Should Know Before Making Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

by Ivory Soap Cleaning Products

I have spent HOURS on  this database researching all of the possible chemical formulations of dishwasher detergent and it has completely CHANGED how I make homemade dishwasher detergent! Cleaning Power 1. NO commercial dishwasher detergents contain BORAX. Isn’t that nuts?  I was so surprised.  I studied the chemistry and  I wouldn’t go so far as to say […]

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3 Steps to Simplify DIY Stain Removal

by Ivory Soap Cleaning Products

1.  Reality Check Do you really treat stains?  I don’t.  I NOTICE stains after they’ve been through the wash.  If you aren’t an avid stain treater, you really only need a bar of soap and a faucet.  Here’s my REAL stain routine: Shoot, there’s a stain on the shirt I just put on! Can I […]

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3 Steps to Simplify Your DIY Cleaning Products

by Ivory Soap Cleaning Products

  1.  Learn About T.A.C.T T.A.C.T. stands for Temperature, Agitation, Chemistry, and Time.  It means, the hotter the water the better it cleans.  The more elbow grease you use the better it cleans.  The stronger the chemicals are, the better it cleans.  The longer you let it soak or sit, the better it cleans. Now […]

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Soap and Water? Surely not!

by Ivory Soap Cleaning Products

“Surely not!” This is what I thought when I heard TL say that if she wanted her kitchen floor to stay clean she had to get down on it with a scrub brush every week or so.  With soap and water?  Hot water, even.  And the baseboards?  Every other month. Surely not! Then, when I […]

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Practically Green: Dishwasher soap substitutes not worth bad results

by Ivory Soap Cleaning Products

I can tolerate some inconveniences and discomfort from living green, but living with filmy dishes isn’t among them. I’ve tried 10 or more homemade recipes for dishwasher detergent, but the dishes all come out icky. Especially the plastics. I’ve tried washing soda, baking soda, citric acid, vinegar, Borax, laundry soap, dish soap, salt, essential oil, […]

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Dry Carpet Freshener

by Daisy Cleaning Products

I gaze in horror at the tv ads for spray fresheners. The lady of the house spritzes away like a madwoman then sticks her nose right in the middle of it and inhales deeply.  She goes after it all: sneakers, beds, clothes, everything. Why, I wonder, don’t they just clean the stinky things? If my […]

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Homemade Car Air Freshener

by Daisy Cleaning Products

My car doesn’t smell bad to me, but someone was making a stink-face every time we had to go somewhere. Enter child-labor. What we did: Draw (or have someone draw) the motif of choice. Someone wanted a star. Cut out pattern and pin to felt of choice and cut out: Make two: Pin together and […]

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