Fabric Softener

This one is really difficult… are you ready?

Recipe

White Vinegar

That’s it… Done… Omg!

And if you want it to smell lush add your choice of essential oil.

20mls in every wash in the fabric conditioner compartment

One month later…

Its working so well, I also soak the towels before washing in a 50/50 water/vinegar solution as apparently it increases their absorbiness (is that a word?)

The clothes do NOT come out smelling like vinegar, believe, I wouldn’t have carried on using it if it had! However they don’t smell of anything and I feel like its a massive waste of money if I’m putting essential oils in here so i think its back to the drawing board…

Cost: 10/10
Easy to make: 10/10
Effectiveness: 8/10

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Laundry Soap

Original

This one was interesting. After scouring Pinterest for hours I couldn’t find anything that didn’t contain washing soda…. Here in sunny(ha) Manchester I couldn’t find it anywhere then suddenly google struck gold…. Washing soda is bicarbonate of soda baked at 200deg Celsius for an hour. SORTED!

I’ve never used powder before because daddy dearest told me when I was little it clogs up the washing machine but I figured I’d give it a go because its waaaay cheaper than making liquid detergent so here’s the powdered recipe.

recipe

375g washing soda(74p)
375g borax substitute(115p)
140g natural soap flakes/grated natural soap (53p)
20 drops rose essential oil

Total cost: £2.42

I worked out it costs about 4p per load and will last me nearly a year!

Now there’s big debate in the eco friendly community about borax and the website I buy all my natural produce off sells this borax substitute, the original recipe called for borax but I’ve not used it and it works fine so… Go figure?

Mix all the ingredients in a big pot and store in a glass jar, use about 2tbsp per load. And because of my dads sharp warnings about the dangers of powdered washing detergent(bless) I put the powder in the detergent section and pour a tiny bit of boiling water to mix it in before I put the washer on.

one month later…

So far it’s worked fabulous on stains including coco pops from the kids I nanny for and a nose bleed all down my favourite jumper. Lovely stuff 🙂 and much better than anything I’ve used before

The only problem is it doesn’t really smell of the essential oil so either add more or use a stronger smeller, I might add lemon next time but lavender is another strong contender!

Cost: 11/10 wow
Easy to make: 7/10 (turning the bicarb into washing soda was easy but annoying)
Efficiency: 10/10

At this point I’m still amazed by how cheap it is and how incredibly it works… I think I need to lie down.

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Antibacterial All Purpose Cleaner

This one’s a no brainer… original found here

recipe

300ml white vinegar(30p)
300ml water
20 drops Tee tree essential oil(5p)
20 drops Lemon essential oil (14p)

Total cost: 49p

Just mix everything together 🙂

one month later…

Cost:10/10
Easy to make: 10/10
Effectiveness: 10/10

Leaves no streaks, smells delish, what more can I say… Just add all to your spray bottle and go
Still really happy with this and we’ve used about 3/4 of the bottle so its lasted really well!

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Washing Up Liquid

Adapted from (my idols) Team Pugh

Shop bought washing up liquids can contain some really nasty crap so I wanted to make something more natural, this one caused some problems with the other half as washing dishes is a passion of his (lol) and he ensured me that it had to CUT GREASE or he wouldn’t use it – big task for me then!

I know brands like Ecover exist for this reason but my issues with these companies are: they still contain nasties (albeit a fraction of brands like fairy) and they are insanely overpriced which outweighs the average struggling working families ability to cost effectively buy these products, making it somewhat of a ‘yummy mummy’ fad (in my opinion) – but most importantly even if you are a fan of Ecover etc make sure you are still aware of WHY these products are better/worse and don’t just look for ‘Eco-friendly’ or ‘organic’ labels as they might just be lies!! Having said that I’m sure the planet would rather we all used Ecover than Fairy…

Recipe

1tbsp/5g grated natural soap (2p)
1tbsp/10g soda crystals (1p)
20ml white vinegar (2p)
20-25 drops lemon and grapefruit essential oils (28p)
800ml Boiling Water
(The magic ingredient – splash of vodka)

Total cost per 830ml bottle: 33p

Step 1
Boil water
Step 2
Add soap and soda until they’re dissolved
Step 3
Add all other ingredients

One month later…

Initially this was a disaster, it cleaned really well but (lazy us not drying) when it had air dried by the morning it had an oily film over the pots which Mr Jones was most disgruntled about…

So here’s the magic ingredient to make sure it’s super mixed… VODKA… Seriously! Add a splash and give the liquid a shake and voila, perfect! It’s also lasted really well, only used half a bottle in a month! Not bad for 33p!

I’ve noticed if I don’t get the ratios right I get a filmy layer over all the pots so I’ll continue to search for a more foolproof replacement but in the meantime this will do!

The only thing is, this recipe doesn’t froth at all… If that bothers you maybe this isn’t for you but it’s passed the test for us 🙂

Cost:10/10
Easy to make: 8/10
Effectiveness: 6/10