Paleo-ified household cleaning products – more DIY projects 1

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:


laundry soap:


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.


Dishwashing powder:


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.


Window Cleaner:


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.

Other resources:

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!



About Leanna Cappucci

I am a woman, a mother, a wife, an entrepreneur and I have worn a hundred different hats in my lifetime. I've recreated myself when I've needed to, I've gleaned from the experiences I've been lucky enough to have - both positive and negative, and they have impacted the person that I am today. Like you, I've succeeded and failed and I will continue to do so, because failure is simply the precursor to success! As a coach, as a blogger and as a friend; I am just who I am. I will ramble, I will be honest, I will be emotionally invested and I will say it like it is. I am not a sugar coater, I value honesty. I am not afraid to disagree or have conflict, as those are both healthy and vital to individual growth. I enjoy teaching, learning, discussing and collaborating. As a mother, there is nothing more important to me that the responsibility I have been given to shape the lives of my children, to empower them, to protect them and to help them learn to be strong and independent adults some day.

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