Recipes compiled from Natural Home Magazine, July/August 2010 issue.
Simple Washing Powder
16 cups baking soda
12 cups borax
8 cups grated castille or glycerin soap flakes (Dr. Bronner’s)
3 tablespoons lavender, lemon or grapefruit essential oil
Combine baking soda, borax and soap flakes. Add essential oil and mix with a wire whisk. Use 1/8 cup per load. Yield: This recipe makes enough powder to last a family of four one year.
1 cup hydrogen peroxide
1/4 cup lemon or grapefruit juice
12 cups water
Store in a labeled plastic jug. Add 2 cups per load along with detergent.
Pre-Wash Stain Spray
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup baking soda
3 cups water
Stir together and fill a labeled spray bottle. Spray on soiled spots just before washing. Always test a hidden spot first.
For extra clean clothes, add 1/2 cup of borax after your detergent, for an all natural laundry booster.
Add baking soda to wash water at the same time as detergent to soften and freshen clothes and linens.