As previously promised, I’d like to continue my roundup of DIY cleaning supplies. Making your own cleaning supplies not only helps your home remain natural by not bringing unwanted chemicals in, it’s REALLY cost effective!
Since there are so many types of cleaners out there, we’ll break it down by use. We already discussed DIY cleaning supplies for the kitchen and bathroom, and today I’d like to focus on everyone’s favorite chore— laundry! Unfortunately, laundry is something none of us can avoid, and with big families the expenses can add up pretty quick. So, why not make your own supplies? Read on!
- Cotton cloths (old t-shirts, rags, etc)
- 1 cup vinegar
- 20 drops lavender/orange essential oil
- Tightly sealed jar for storage
Homemade dryer sheets are not only simple and cheap, they’re reusable! All you have to do is monitor the jar.
You’ll want to start with cutting your cloth into small squares. Then you can just mix together vinegar and essential oils— as much as you need to fill the jar— at the proper ratio. Place your square cloths in the jar to soak, and just pull one out as needed. Keep in mind that you don’t want your mixture getting gross, so make a fresh batch every so often.
- Bar of soap
- 1 cup washing soda
- 1 cup laundry booster
- Hot water
- 15 drops essential oil
- Storage jars
A lot of laundry soaps are really complicated to make at home, but it looks like Tiffany with Imperfectly Happy cracked the code! She’s got step by step instructions, and the end result is uniquely-textured laundryonaise. This recipe comes out to just cents a load, you just need to add a spoonful to each load.
- 1 gallon plain vinegar
- 50 drops of essential oil
- Herbs (optional)
- Storage container
Since vinegar is a natural softening agent, it works great as a base for fabric softeners. Then just add essential oils for a nice smell, but keep in mind plenty of oils— like orange and lemon— actually have antibacterial properties. The herbs aren’t necessary, but they create a more potent smell. I love lavender, especially for my bedding.
I just buy the gallon of vinegar and put my essential oils and herbs directly in that container, making a bulk batch but you’re welcome to make a smaller portion! You’ll need about a 1/4 cup for each load.
These are just a few simple and cheap DIY supplies to get through laundry day. The ingredients are all fairly simple and easily purchased in bulk, so you should have plenty to last. Feel free to experiment with your essential oils to find out which ones you like best!
What gets you through laundry day? Share with me in the comments below 🙂