So, along the same lines as my previous post – I set out to save money, save the environment and save time. Here is what I found as I scoured the internet and what I’ve been doing in my household:
large plastic (BPA free) container 2.99 (reusable)
1 bar of fels naptha soap (from laundry aisle) for 1.49 – you can also use Dr. Bronners which is all organic and I’ve found for between 3.00-4.00 a bar.
grate the bar soap
use the following method:
1 part grated soap
2 parts washing soda $3.24 for 55 oz
2 parts borax 5.00 for 76 oz
I used less than half of the borax and washing soda… so overall the cost was $5.25.
9.00 if you include the container.
I’ve been using this for a week, and it’s been wonderful with the clothes. I have ceased using any laundry softener or dryer sheets. I read that you could use dryer balls to fluff up your clothes, but I haven’t been able to find them yet. I really haven’t needed them.
Stain Remover (like oxy clean):
Spray bottle .99
1 cup of peroxide (which I had 3 bottles of at home) 1.50
1 cup baking soda (I bought a huge 64 oz box that I use for almost everything, for less than 5.00)
2 cups of distilled H2O .69
Total cost: 3.00, 4.00 with container.
I used this to clean one of my daughter’s dolls, but I haven’t used it on clothes yet. I rarely use stain remover anyway – but it’s been handy for cleaning up! The drawback to this is that the baking soda clogs up the sprayer, you have to shake well before using.
2 cups washing soda
1 cup borax
1 cup baking soda
again, cost is less than 5.00. I could have made a double batch and filled this container except that I ran out of washing soda. I have been using this in the dishwasher without a problem, it’s worked really well. The only negative is that it leaves glass with a film, I read that you could leave a cup of vinegar right side up on the top rack which would act as a spot remover. I plan to try this tonight.
My version isn’t totally paleo, but this is one that I have been using for many years pre-paleo and it works great. If you want a more paleo version you can use distilled water and vinegar alone.
this recipe makes enough to last me a year:
1 gallon distilled water .69
2 cups of rubbing alcohol .99
2 tbs of prell shampoo (I bought this bottle of prell 10 years ago for 1.00 and haven’t used all of it yet!)
Remove 3 cups of h2o from the gallon jug, reserve to side.
add the alcohol and the 2 tbs of prell
replace water to fill jug
discard excess water.
fill spray bottle from gallon container as needed (sprayer .99)
total cost for one years worth of glass cleaner 3.69
Other things I’ve learned:
Baking soda is extremely useful, it can be used as a mild abrasive to clean your cooktop and even in place of cleanser to clean the tub, sink and shower!
For the last 10 years I’ve cleaned and disinfected my floors with nothing more than hot water and white vinegar and it works great on tile, throughout the house. My kids and dogs make quite a mess of our floors going in and out from the pool to the yard to the house and back again.
Making natural cleansers from pantry items by the DIY network
Wellness Mama, a blog I love, talks about all things natural.
If you have other useful natural DIY tips and tricks, I’d love to hear them!