Posted on Oct 21, 2014 | 0 comments

Lemon-Fresh Liquid Laundry Soap Recipe

• 1 bar castile soap, grated
• 8 cups water
• 5-gallon bucket with lid
• 4-1⁄2 gallons hot tap water
• 1 cup washing soda
• 1 cup borax*
• 2 to 3 teaspoons lemon essential oil

1. In a saucepan over low heat, mix soap (see note) and 8 cups of water, gradually heating and stirring until soap is dissolved.

2. Fill 5-gallon bucket about 3/4 full of hot tap water.

3. Add soap mixture, washing soda and borax.

4. Add lemon essential oil and mix well. Cover, and leave overnight.

5. Transfer into smaller containers if desired.

To use, add 1/2 cup to 1 cup per load.

Note: Grate bar soap or cut coarsely, then grind in food processor until fine.

*Borax washes completely out of clothes and is safe to use on laundry. However, borax can be irritating when inhaled and may be a potential endocrine disruptor, particularly in males, so keep male children away from it. If this is a particular concern to you, simply replace the borax with a second cup of washing soda or a cup of baking soda.

Lavender Fabric Softener Spray

• 3 teaspoons lavender essential oil
• 2 cups white vinegar

1. Combine oil and vinegar in a spray bottle and shake well.

2. To use, spray 5 to 10 times on wet clothes before drying.

Eucalyptus Dryer Sheets

• Cotton cloths
• 1/2 cup white vinegar
• 5 to 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
• Airtight container

1. Cut cotton cloths such as old dish-towels or T-shirts into small rectangles.

2. Place in airtight container.

3. Mix vinegar and essential oil, then pour liquid into the container so cloths are damp.

4. To use, remove cloth from container, squeeze excess liquid back into jar, and place in the dryer. When dry, place cloth back in container for later use.

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