I have been doing some laundry cleaning research lately and wanted to share homemade DIY laundry hacks with you. This is a simple recipe that will save you money!
How To Make DIY Laundry Detergent:
Mix together 1/4 cup Washing Soda, 1/4 cup Borax, 1/4 cup Castile Soap, and 1 gallon water in a container of your choice.
Washing Soda (different from baking soda) neutralizes and eliminates odors, enhances your laundry soap, and a natural whitener that is safe for colors.
Borax enhances the power of your soap and is a color safe whitener.
Castile soap is a natural, non-toxic, multi-purpose vegetable based soap. It’s biodegradable, you can get it scented or unscented, and categorized as a disinfectant and will kill 99% of germs.
You would use equal amounts of this as you would any store bought laundry detergent.
DIY Stain Remover
Mix 1/2 cup Castile Soap with 1 cup Hydrogen Peroxide (be sure to use the 3% kind you can buy at the store) and place in a dark squirt bottle.
Spray the mixture onto your stain and you can watch it work immediately. I let this one sit for 10 minutes as my son had a bloody nose (sorry).
Place it in your wash and it’ll come out clean. If for some reason the stain persists, repeat the steps and you can soak in this solution as well. I did test this on color fabrics and it did work without bleaching it out.
I didn’t leave it set as long so you might want to test it first for a longer amount of time before letting it soak too long.
Alternative Stain Remover:
You can also use a mixture of 1 cup vinegar, and 1/2 cup lemon juice.
Spray the mixture on the stains and wait approximately 10 minutes.
Place in your wash.
3rd Laundry Hack Stain Remover
Use straight Castile or Dawn soap. Place a little soap on the clothes, use your finger and scrub into the stain. You can watch it start to work and disappear.
Place in wash and it’ll come out clean.
*I have noticed that Dawn appears a little stronger than Castile soap.
Remove the musty smell
Place 1/2 cup baking soda in with your DIY detergent from above and they will work together to fight that musty smell.
Alternatively you can use 1 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup lemon juice with no detergent.
Mix together 1 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup lemon juice. You could use essential oil in place of the lemon juice. In a container place wash clothes or cloths, pour the mixture over the washcloths, and place the lid on top. When you are ready to use one, pull it out and stick it in the dryer.
Vinegar – this is a natural cleaner and fabric softener.
Lemon juice is also acidic so same qualities as vinegar, & added a nice lemon smell.
Fill our laundry tub the whites you wish to clean and fill with water. Pour in 2 cups hydrogen peroxide (the 3% kind you can buy at the store), and 1/4 cup lemon juice.
Hydrogen Peroxide is a bleach alternative
Lemon juice is a natural cleaner, breaks down stains, and fabric softener, & added a nice lemon smell.
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More Laundry Hack Tips
- Save money with cold water, not everything needs to be washed with hot water
- Instead of laundry sheets use a tennis ball or two, or you can purchase a set of wool dryer balls
- Dawn dish soap gets rid of many grease stains, oil stains, and tough stains. All you need os a tablespoon of dish soap over the stain
- Use a mesh laundry bag to keep socks together, this avoids missing socks
- Put delicate items into laundry mesh bags for easy pull out to air dry
- You don’t have to dry clothes, you can use a drying rack
- Most people use too much detergent, cut back on the amount you use
- Avoid high heat, it will shrink and breakdown clothing faster
- You can place an iron pad on your laundry machine instead of having an ironing board.
- If you like a fluffy towel, use a tablespoon of white vinegar or a few cups of white vinegar in your washing machine
- Air dry that favorite sweater and other delicate items to avoid a shrunken garment
- Always wash new clothes before wearing, they are full of chemicals
- keep a spray bottle of hydrogen peroxide on hand for easy blood stain removal.
- Have 2 smaller laundry baskets instead of one large on for dirty laundry e to separate your white and dark clothes to save time later.
Check out even more of the best laundry hacks in my next post – Easy and Inexpensive Small Laundry Room Hacks with Video
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