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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Enzymatic Cleaner: 7 Things to Know

by Ivory Soap Cleaning Products

Homemade enzymatic cleaner recipes have pluses and minuses.  Know these seven things, before you mix! I have spent HOURS on the this database researching all of the possible chemical formulations of citrus cleaner and this what I found. Enzymatic Cleaner: The usual formula 1/2 cup Brown Sugar 1 teaspoon yeast 1 liter Water 2 cups Lemon and/or Orange Scraps […]

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Bar Soap Dishwashing

by Ivory Soap Cleaning Products

When I tried to clean out my dishwasher filter, I mistook the float for the drain.  When I yanked, it broke.  So, in the end I had a fabulously clean dishwasher that didn’t work; I was right in the middle freezer cooking.  That explains the above pile of grossness. On top of all of that […]

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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

Baking Soda and Vinegar? 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 the “fizzy-lifting,” what you have leftover is just salt water. (Chemically speaking, “salt” extends beyond table salt.) The salt created […]

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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

My homemade laundry detergent recipe completely changed after hours of research on this household chemical database! 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 with alcohol.  End of story.  My guess is that washing soda loses its poop […]

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10 Things About Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

by Ivory Soap Cleaning Products

Homemade dishwasher detergent is the holy grail of DIY home products.  It’s the most persnickety and undependable. I was determined to solve the mystery! I spent HOURS on  this household products database researching all of the possible chemical formulations of commercial detergent to compare it with the usual homemade detergent recipes. Homemade Dishwasher Detergent vs Commercial Many Home […]

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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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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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Homemade Furniture Cleaner

by Daisy Cleaning Products

It’s a little early for Halloween, but I wanted to show you what’s happened to my furniture. The rain finally quit, but the extreme humidity left a moldy, green haze on everything. Pretty gross. It got me thinking about furniture cleaners/polish, and how I hate the petroleum smell of store-bought. It lingers and doesn’t do […]

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Homemade Vegetable and Fruit Wash

by Daisy Cleaning Products

I live and die by this salad spinner. She’s no spring chicken, though. She has a pull string. She has those little hairline cracks from being dropped too many times. She’s been with me a long, long time. I use the strainer part to carry vegetables from the garden to the kitchen for their baths. […]

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100% Natural Drain Cleaner

by Daisy Cleaning Products

Last night, around nine o’clock, my husband and I had HAD IT with our left bathroom sink drain. It has been clogging worse and worse every day for weeks. So, I employed my 100% Natural Drain Cleaner–taught to me by a dear plumber friend: Step 1: Get a bucket. Step 2: Put bucket under u-shaped […]

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Easy Cleaning and Laundry Solutions

by Daisy Cleaning Products

If you are looking for the laundry detergent recipe, it’s right here. This post is about all the other green substitutions you can make in under a minute. Color Safe Bleach: 1 part Hydrogen Peroxide, 1 part water–Use like store-bought Fabric Softener: Pure vinegar. I use this with my homemade detergent. I don’t know which […]

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Homemade Wet-Jet Pads and Solution

by Daisy Cleaning Products

Dear TL, I know it irks you as much as it does me to BUY swiffer pads and solution. So, I created a pictorial tutorial on avoiding the refill monster entirely. You will need: swiffer wet-jet microfiber washcloths (scrubby kind if you want to be FANCY–5$) good scissors frayblock, fraycheck, or the like cup of […]

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Homemade Laundry Detergent–Dry and Liquid

by Daisy Cleaning Products

**Update 5/31/12**  Old recipe.  Liquid loses power over time.  See THIS post for new tutorial. To make your own low-bubbling detergent for both high efficiency and traditional machines, you need four ingredients: Borax, Washing Soda, Soap, and Water Borax and Washing soda can usually be found in the laundry aisle of any good grocery. Pretty much […]

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