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Household Cleaning

Dishwashing Liquid with Castile Soap

By December 18, 2020 No Comments

Dishwasher tablets/powder

  • 1 cup washing soda
  • ½ cup sodium percarbonate (oxygen bleach)
  • ¼ cup citric acid
  • 20 drops essential oil (lemon, lime, grapefruit, DoTerra on guard)
  • 2 tbsps water (if you intend to make tablets only)
  • 3 ice cube trays (optional)
  1. ​Add washing sodasodium percarbonateand citric acid to bowl
  2. Add citrus essential oil/s, then mix and use spoon or spatula to break up any clumps
  3. For Powder: Pour powder into an airtight container and store
  4. Only spray water into mixture if you intend to make tablets in the ice cube trays. Do not add if you want a powder version. Avoid adding the water too quickly or the washing soda and citric acid will fizz and react too much – slower is better
  5. For tablets: Scoop the mixture into the ice-cube tray and scrape off excess.  Use the back of a spoon and your fingers to firmly press the mixture into the mould
  6. Leave the tablets to dehydrate completely and harden. This will take 2-3 days until the powder has hardened in the trays. Any excess powder can be kept in an airtight container and shaken every week or so to stop it hardening. Use this loose powder while you are waiting for the cubes to dry.
  7. When they’re completely dry, pop them out of the mould and put them into an airtight container

Laundry soap (powder)

  • 1 laundry soap bar (Castile, Fels Naptha, Zote, Sunlight, Vetiver)
  • 2 cups washing soda
  • 2 cups borax
  • 1 cup bicarb soda or sodium percarbonate (Oxy bleach)
  • 20-30 drops essential oil (optional – Oils of lavender, tea tree, lemon or orange)
  1. Finely grate the soap bar using a cheese grater.
  2. Add the shredded soap bar, washing soda, and baking soda to a large mixing bowl.
  3. Stir until well combined
  4. Add in essential oils.
  5. Store in an airtight container.

Use 2 tablespoons per load. This soap is safe to use in high-efficiency washers. Store in a 2-litre glass mason jar and keep a tablespoon measuring spoon in the container to make it easy to measure.

Fabric Softener

  • 1 cup Borax
  • 1/2 cup washing soda
  • 1 laundry soap bar (Castile, Fels Naptha, Zote, Sunlight, Vetiver)
  • 50 drops essential oils
  • 18 litres water
  1. Add 10 litres of water to your bucket, stir in washing soda and borax.
  2. Shred soap bar with a cheese grater.
  3. Melt soap shreds in 1 cup of water over medium heat. Stir often.
  4. Add melted soap to a standard size bucket and stir well.
  5. Add essential oils of choice.
  6. Add remaining water
  7. Let sit overnight and then shake well.

NB: Shake well before each use. Funnel liquid into a large container. Use 1/4 cup per load.

Easy Fabric Softener

  • 2 litres white vinegar
  • 15 – 20 drops essential oil(optional – citrus oils for a pick-me-up, peppermint for an invigorating minty scent or lavender for a relaxing scent or sensitive skin)
  1. Shake well before each use and add during the start of the rinse cycle.

Top-Loading Washers

  1. Use a ½ cup for small or average loads and ⅔ cup for large loads.

Front loading Washers

  1. Use ¼ cup for small or average loads and ⅓ cup for large loads.

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