Tuesday, June 8, 2010

More Cleaning Recipes

I've been busy planting the garden & flower bed, caring for the chicks and sewing so this little blog has been neglected.  We spent last weekend cleaning the Lebanon home before our new leasors move in.  We are happy to have them buying our home and think they will love it there as much as we did!

In my efforts to be frugal, I've found a few more cleaning recipes that I wanted to share.  I have been using the liquid laundry soap for over 6  months now and have found a recipe that works really well. Here's what I'm using now and it cleans normal loads well with 1c. per large top-load (1/2c. for HE front-loaders).  If my load is very soiled, I'll also add 1c. Oxy-clean.

Angie's Liquid Laundry Soap

4  Cups - hot tap water
1  Fels-Naptha soap bar (This really works the best!)
1 Cup - Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
½ Cup Borax
 1 Cup Oxy-Clean

- Grate bar of soap and add slowly to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.  Adding a little at a time makes it melt faster.
-Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda ,Borax.&  Oxy-Clean.  Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. - leave about 6 inches at the top because the Oxy-Clean will cause foam. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.
-Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)
-Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.
-Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.
-Top Load Machine- 1 Cup per load (Approx. 100 loads)
-Front Load Machines- 1/2 Cup per load (Approx. 250 loads)

Angie's Shower Spray
3 c. Hot Water
1/2 c. vinegar
1 Tbsp. liquid dish soap
1 Tbsp. Borax
- Mix together in spray bottle.  Spray down shower doors &/or walls after each shower.  This works really well on hard-water scum 
-It smells like vinegar, so if you have any suggestions to mask the smell pass them on! 

Angie's Window Cleaner
2 c. Warm Water
3. Tbsp. vinegar
1/2 tsp. liquid dish soap
-Mix together in spray bottle.  Use as you use Windex.  This recipe works really well without streaking.

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1 comment:

Jill Williamson said...

It never occured to me to have recipes for these things. I'm totally impressed.

Thanks again for the skirt!