Homemade Laundry Detergent

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You will love this homemade laundry detergent recipe; you can make it with simple ingredients that you may already have in your house. You've probably heard of someone making their homemade laundry detergent but aren't all that sure if it's something that you want to do just yet. It seems so much easier just to go out and purchase laundry detergent, but these days it seems everyone is trying to be more environmentally conscious, save money and use products that are all natural. With that said making your homemade laundry detergent is a great way to know exactly what you are using on your skin, and it's also a good way to save money. You might wonder just how well a homemade laundry detergent works, but with this recipe being so easy to make it can't hurt to try. The nice thing about this DIY laundry detergent is that it uses simple ingredients like borax, washing soda and essential oils. You can choose an essential oil that you like so that your laundry smells just the way you want. The nice thing about this simple laundry detergent is that you can bottle it up in a nice mason jar, with some homemade labels that you printed yourself, so they look especially nice.

Essential oils are a nice way to add a smell that you love, with lavender and lemon being two of the most popular scents you'll find. Essential oils are usually extracted by the process of distillation, which quite often uses steam. Other processes that are used for extracting essential oils from plants include absolute oil extraction, expression, solvent extraction, resin tapping, and cold pressing. Essential oils can be used in soaps, perfumes, cosmetics, and other products. Essential oils may also be added to incense and household cleaning products. Essential oils have been used medicinally in history as an all natural remedy for hundreds of years.

When using this diy laundry detergent, you will have to treat stains with something before washing them, just as you would if you were using commercial laundry detergent. Tough stains can include mustard, glue, coffee, grease and wine. The following are some of the natural laundry detergent stain removers you can try. For glue, stains try loosening the dried on glue first by soaking a clean cloth in some white vinegar and then saturating the glue spot until it's gone. For grease stains try adding baking soda to the wash load or pretreating the grease stain with some baking soda paste (baking soda and water). For grass stains use white vinegar and water and apply the natural laundry detergent to the stain and blot. Then repeat the process as needed then wash as you normally would. Thank you to Jill for sharing this diy laundry detergent on "The Prairie Homestead" site. This is just one of the ideas you will find on the site. You will find a variety of interesting ideas from vintage recipes and plenty of tips on homestead living. **

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