This post is dedicated to your LAUNDRY-ROOM.
It is where we use the largest amount of chemical realised in water and nature, by using Homemade detergent you will avoid the dangerous chemicals generated by the use of detergent.
Detergent is proven to be one of the major causes of indoor pollution with various health risks.
Powdered laundry detergent:
- 1 Bar Soap
- 1/2 Cup Borax
- 1/2 Cup Washing Soda
Finely grate the soap then thoroughly stir it with other ingredients for about 10 minutes… and voila… you will be having 15 ounces eco friendly detergent.
You can store it on used ice cream or yogurt container.
Liquid laundry detergent:
- 12 Cups Water
- 2 Bars soap (finely grated)
- 1 Cup Borax
- 1/4 Cup Washing Soda
- Boil the 12 cups of water.
- Add the grated soap, borax and washing soda and stir them until well blended and dissolved.
- You can add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar to strengthen the cleaning power and add 10 drops of essential oils (Add them when the liquid has cooled to room temperature only!)
Laundry detergent gel:
- 1 Gallons (3L) Boiled Water
- 1 Cup Washing Soda
- 1/2 Cup Borax
- 1 Bar Soap (finely grated)
Mix all the ingredients to the boiling water and constantly stir until the soap is dissolved and thick. To add fragrance, you may add a few drops of essential oil.
- 2 Cups Epsom salt or Course Sea Salt
- 20 to 30 Drops of your favourite Essential Oil
- 1 Lemon
- 1/2 Cup Baking Soda
- 1 container with a tightly fitting lid
- 1 Marker
- Mix together 2 cups Epsom salt (course sea salt) and add 20 to 30 drops of essential oil, use lemon for its bright, refreshing scent.
- Stir in the essential oil before mixing in 1/2 cup of baking soda (you can leave out the baking soda and add it separately, which works well).
- After mixing pour into a container with tightly fitting lid.
Use 2-3 tablespoons and toss in with your clothes before rinsing (if using the baking soda separately, add half a cup to each load).
(you can double this recipe if you’d like, and adjust the amount of essential oil if you want it to smell stronger/weaker).
Eco-Friendly tips to remove food stains:
– Baby Food: Clean the stain by soaking and agitating in cold water. If stain is dried, scrap off crusted remaining, then soak in cold water mixed with Eco-Friendly detergent (from above), then launder with lukewarm water.
– Fruit Stain: From fresh fruits, juice or jam, can easily be removed by just washing it in hot water, but keep in mind that fruits stains are generally tannin stains which are not supposed to be removed by soap (by using bar soap, soap flakes will make them harder to remove or even become permanent stains). You can dab the stain with a mixture of lemon and salt then exposed to the sun. For stubborn fruit stain, dampen the stain first, then rubbed with borax, let sit for a few minutes then pour boiling water before usual washing.
– Chocolate stain: Warm water will do. For stubborn stain use borax solution ( 4tablets of borax with 2 1/2 cups of warm water, soak the stubborn chocolate stain for 20mins, then rinse with cold water).
– Egg stain: Simply soak your cloth in cold water to get rid of egg stain, then do your usual launder.
– Mustard stain: Mustard spill will give a dye stain which is difficult to remove and needs a special treatment.. DO NOT RUB a mustard spill because you will spread and deepen the stain! Gently blot the spill with using recycle paper towel instead. Next step is to put glycerin to the stain and let it sit for 15mins, then rinse under cool water to loosen the remaining stain and launder with the hottest water with the kind that safe to your garment.
– Chewing-gum: Pull the chewing gum off your cloth or shoes once it is sticked on, there will be some sticky remaining so apply ice to harden this stain and then scrape it. Rub with laundry detergent gel (more efficient) and rinse it with hot water before washing.
– Tomato sauce stain: NEVER wipe or rub spilled tomato sauce (you will only spread and deepen the stain into the surface). Bolt immediately with recycle paper towel, soak the stain for a few minutes to loosen the left residue. Drop a few drops of liquid detergent on the stain, gently dab and let sit for 15mins. In case the stain persists, try to dab with natural bleaching agent like lemon juice or white vinegar and let sit for another 15 minutes, then wash as usual. DO NOT use soap!
– Blood stain: Bolt immediately the blood then soak your garment in cold salty water overnight (salt will break down the albumen protein in blood stain), NEVER treat blood stain with hot water because heat will likely “grill” the blood which causes a harder and darker stain.
– Red wine stain: Drop a teaspoon of salt on the stain and rub, then pour boiling water from a heigh of 3 feet (about 1meters).