How to Make Homemade Laundry Detergent, Fabric Softener, and Stain Fighter

 Laundry detergent, fabric softener and stain fighters are expensive and contain many chemicals.  Even laundry supplies designed for sensitive skin can cause irritation to those with eczema.  In an effort to have clean clothes and calm skin, many people make their own laundry supplies.  The money saved with homemade laundry supplies is an added benefit.

Homemade Laundry Detergent
Supplies needed for homemade laundry detergent:
?    Fels Naptha Laundry Soap OR Ivory Bar Soap
?    Washing Soda
?    Borax

Begin by finely grating soap. Mix two parts grated soap to one part each washing soda and borax powder.  Store homemade laundry detergent in air tight lidded container.  Use 1 tablespoon for regular laundry loads; increase to two tablespoon for heavily soiled laundry.

Fels Naptha works best, but it can be difficult to find.  All homemade laundry detergent ingredients can be found in large grocery stores and in dollar stores.

Homemade Fabric Softener
Supplies needed for homemade fabric softener:
?    Baking soda
?    White Vinegar
?    Essential oils, optional

Add ¼ cup baking soda to tub while filling with water before adding clothing.  You may need to stir the baking soda to ensure it has dissolved.  At final rinse, add ½ cup vinegar;The clothes will not have a vinegar smell.  If you would like to add fragrance, you can add 1-2 drops of essential oils at this time.

This is more time consuming then traditional fabric softener, but the benefits are worth it.

Homemade Stain Fighter
Supplies needed for homemade stain fighter:
?    White Vinegar
?    Baking Soda
?    Ammonia
?    Water

Mix ½ cup vinegar, ¼ cup baking soda, 2 tablespoons ammonia, and 3 cups of water.  Make sure that baking soda is dissolved and all ingredients are evenly mixed. Store stain fighter in a spray bottle that is clearly labeled.  Spray directly onto stains as needed.

Try making your own laundry detergent, fabric softener, and stain fighter.  These homemade laundry supplies will help sensitive skin and a tight budget.

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