Cleaning Products

Safe “Miracle” Laundry Whitening Recipes

  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 […]Read the full article...

DIY Laundry Solutions Safety Warning!

  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 […]Read the full article...

Half-Time DIY: The Cleaning Product Review

  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 […]Read the full article...

Half-time DIY: The Laundry Review

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 […]Read the full article...

Enzymatic Cleaner: 7 Things to Know

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 […]Read the full article...

Bar Soap Dishwashing

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 […]Read the full article...

Homemade Laundry Detergent: New Tutorial

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 […]Read the full article...

How to Use Homemade Laundry Detergent-Tutorial

  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 […]Read the full article...

DIY Stainless Steel Cleaner(s)

  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 […]Read the full article...

Skin Irritation, Hard Water: DIY Laundry Detergent Troubleshooting

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 […]Read the full article...

3 Things Before You Mix Baking Soda and Vinegar

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, […]Read the full article...

DIY Granite/Multipurpose Cleaner

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 […]Read the full article...

Baking Soda Body Care: 5 Things You Should Know

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 […]Read the full article...

Even Simpler DIY Stain Routine

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 […]Read the full article...

10 Things You Should Know Before Making Homemade Laundry Detergent

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 […]Read the full article...

10 Things About Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

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 […]Read the full article...

3 Steps to Simplify DIY Stain Removal

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 […]Read the full article...

3 Steps to Simplify Your DIY 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 […]Read the full article...

Soap and Water? Surely not!

“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? […]Read the full article...

Dry Carpet Freshener

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 […]Read the full article...

Homemade Car Air Freshener

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 […]Read the full article...

Homemade Furniture Cleaner

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 […]Read the full article...

Homemade Vegetable and Fruit Wash

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 […]Read the full article...

100% Natural Drain Cleaner

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 […]Read the full article...

Easy Cleaning and Laundry Solutions

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 […]Read the full article...

Homemade Wet-Jet Pads and Solution

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 […]Read the full article...

Homemade Laundry Detergent–Dry and Liquid

**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 […]Read the full article...