Thursday, August 11, 2011

Healthy Homemaking Series: Cleaning Au Naturel

Baby Step 10 - Cleaning Au Naturel

Challenge: Choose one household cleaner to replace with a less toxic, more environmentally friendly option.

Why: Cleaning products in the stores are full of toxic chemicals, dangerous fumes, and non environmentally friendly substances.  They have harmful effects on our bodies, threaten water quality and wildlife, and are dangerous to have around children.

This week I made laundry detergent, a multi purpose cleaner, and an air freshener spray.  I have only used the laundry detergent so far, and thus that is what I will talk about in this post.  The others will be coming too though!

I've moved to a new website! Head on over to Heartful Habits to get the laundry detergent recipe (and a natural fabric softener) from this post. Thanks!


  1. So Grace, for future you are just going to use borax and washing soda? Is that what I am understanding? I am glad to know your input before I make mine :)

  2. I am going to use borax, washing soda, and grated soap. Though I will probably grind the grated soap in my Magic Bullet as well so it is finer.

  3. Stopping by from young and crafty. I am impressed with your initiative to make less toxic products. I hope you do more of these, so that I can learn about what works and if you like the final products. I am also your newest follower.

  4. I'd like to hear if the dry version works ok for you in cold wash loads. Thanks!

  5. I use the dry version and it works wonderful in cold loads!!! I am amazed at how clean my clothes come out and how fresh smelling they are!!! I use one cup borax, one cup washing soda, and one grated bar soap... oh and some drops of essential oil!

  6. If you read the ingredients list on the "washing soda" they are the same as normal baking soda. It's slightly cheaper and just as affective to use baking soda.