personally, i think i would leave out the dawn as i don’t want a sticky floor. vinegar and water is a sufficient cleaner and adding essential oils can also work as a disinfectant. just my opinion from past experience using vinegar and water as a cleaner.
make your own swiffer pads and cleaning solution
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Hydrogen peroxide is the only germicidal agentcomposed only of water and oxygen. Like ozone, it kills disease organisms by oxidation! Hydrogen peroxide is considered the worlds safest all natural effective sanitizer. It kills microorganisms by oxidizing them, which can be best described as a controlled burning process. When Hydrogen peroxide reacts with organic material it breaks down into oxygen and water.
1. Whiten Clothes – An Alternative to Beach
Add a cup of Peroxide to white clothes in your laundry to whiten them. Peroxide is great to get rid of blood stains on clothes and carpets. If there is blood on clothing, just pour directly on the spot, let it sit for about a minute, then rub and rinse with cold water. Repeat if necessary.
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HOMEMADE FABRIC SOFTENER (my version)
3 cups white vinegar
2 cups Suave OR other CHEAP hair conditioner (I buy a giant bottle from sally beauty supply)
I add 2 tbps of my fave fragrance oil (this is purely optional and I like things to smell REALLY good. My fave is cedar wood. Smells clean)
6 cups HOT water
HOW TO DO IT:
Mix conditioner & hot water well, until conditioner is dissolved completely.
Add the vinegar, and mix well.
Store in a large container: empty fabric softener container, empty large vinegar bottle, empty 1 gallon water or juice bottle
Put about 2 tbsp. in the fabric softener holder in your washer… then wash as usual. (Some people use downy laundry balls. I don’t have one and I have a slot for fabric softener in my washer, so that’s what I use. I also have an HE washer and this is fine for it.
NOTE: it’s best not to shake the bottle of softener before using it as it makes it foamy. I forget and to it anyway sometimes… and it IS foamy lol
- Homemade laundry detergent
- This detergent is safe for the newer HE washers, as it is very low suds.
- 1/2 Cup: Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (do not use baking soda)
- 1/2 Cup: Borax
- 1/3 Bar of ZOTE
- 1/4 Cup of your favourite fragrance oil if you want it to smell super good (optional)
- Bucket (I use a 5 gallon I got free at fast food place, so I have plenty of room for mixing)
- Empty laundry detergent containers or bucket with lid to store detergent.
- I pour what I need into an empty detergent bottle, then refill from the bucket as needed.
Grate 1/3 bar of ZOTE Soap over large pot or saucepan…
- Add 6 cups of Water.
- Heat over medium-high until soap dissolves and melts.
- Add Washing Soda & Borax, and stir until dissolved.
- Remove from heat and set aside.
- Pour 4 cups Hot Water into bucket, then add Soap Mixture.
- Stir, then add 1 Gallon + 6 Cups of additional water. Stir.
- I use my stick blender to make sure it’s all mixed well.
- Transfer to a bucket with a lid, or pour into empty laundry detergent containers.
- Set aside, and let it sit overnight, or up to 24 hours, to thicken and gel up.
- Consistency and color will vary depending on your soap & water ~ it may be lumpy and watery… kind of like a watery gel, but it works great!
Stir or shake before each use, as it will continue to gel. I keep a long handle spoon or stick blender (I have 2) in my laundry room, so I can stir as needed
I use about 1/3 cup of detergent per load. If I need to, I add liquid bleach in the normal amount (for whites) or oxy for colours.
- Borax, 76 oz. box ~ $3.14 at Wal-Mart or Winco
- Arm & Hammer Washing Soda, 55 oz. box ~ 3.42 at Walmart and 3.14 at Winco
- Zote ~ $.97 at Walmart and Fels Naptha was $.97 at Winco
- About 2 gallons for around 1.00 at these prices.
Your prices will vary according to where you live and what store you shop.
Some people use Fels Naptha.
I don’t like all the chemicals in it, so I use ZOTE. You can also use a bar of ivory soap, but will need to use the ENTIRE bar.
Look for my post on homemade fabric softener