Best homemade laundry detergent

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Making you own natural laundry detergent is easy to do, and will save you money. This homemade laundry detergent takes about five minutes to mix up. And this DIY idea will barely cost you a thing; you'll wonder why you didn't do it sooner. The recipe avoids toxic chemical additives that you will find in some store bought laundry detergent. For this DIY idea for laundry detergent, you will need a bar of Fels Naptha soap which you may already have in the house as a stain remover, some baking soda, washing soda, Borax and lavender essential oil. To make you will shred up the Fels Naptha soap in a food processor or with a hand grater. Even if the soap isn't super fine, you shouldn't have a problem dissolving it. But if you want it finer, you can also shred the soap with the shredder blade and then process it a second time with the standard blade. Once the soap is shredded, you can put it in a bowl. You will then add the other ingredients and mix them to combine. The essential oil is completely optional in this laundry detergent recipe but is a pleasant smell if you like lavender scent. Store the laundry detergent in a jar or a nice container. For HE machines, you can use about a half tablespoon per wash. For regular washing machines, you can use one tablespoon of laundry detergent.

Using lavender as an ingredient in DIY ideas for natural cleaners can have all sorts health benefits. Lavender essential oil may help to eliminate nervous tension, enhance blood circulation, relieve pain, disinfect the scalp and skin, and help treat respiratory problems. The Latin name of lavender is Lavare, which means to wash. Lavender essential oil is extracted mostly from the flowers of the lavender plant, primarily through the process of steam distillation. The flowers of the lavender plant are fragrant and have been used for making potpourri for hundreds of years. Traditionally, lavender essential oil has been used in making perfumes. The essential oil is very useful in aromatherapy and many other aromatic preparations and combinations. Lavender essential oil blends well with several other essential oils including pine, cedarwood, geranium, clary sage, and nutmeg. Today, lavender essential oil is used in a variety of forms to include aromatherapy oil, infusion, gels, lotions, laundry detergent, natural cleaners and soaps. Lavender essential oil is more than just a lovely, summery scent. Lavender essential oil has disinfectant properties, and its cleaning powers have been known for hundreds of years. Even before the antimicrobial properties of lavender essential oil were discovered, it was used for cleaning purposes and natural cleaners. You can make an all purpose natural cleaner using lavender oil, by mixing a few drops of lavender essential oil to any cleaning products you already make, such as white vinegar diluted in water for cleaning floors.

You can use lavender essential oil as a natural cleaner for the bathroom and kitchen and use it to make a spray with some distilled white vinegar and a few drops of essential oil combining the two ingredients in a spray bottle. This simple, inexpensive natural cleaner spray may be used for cleaning and sanitizing a variety of household surfaces such as counter tops and bathroom sinks. You can also make your own aromatherapy dish soap with antibacterial properties by combining some unscented natural dish soap with about 10 to 15 drops of pure lavender essential oil.

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