PART 3. THE REMEDIES
AROUND THE HOUSE
Ever notice that the all-natural laundry soaps available for purchase tend to cost more than their conventional counterparts? Creating your own laundry solutions at home gives you control of the ingredients, ensuring that the detergent you use is a good choice for your skin and the planet. These quick, easy recipes will help you save money while leaving clothes fresh and clean.
Herbal Laundry Soap
YIELD: ABOUT 5 CUPS
STORAGE: AIRTIGHT JAR OR PLASTIC CONTAINER
TIME: 10 MINUTES
This laundry detergent smells fantastic and gets clothes squeaky clean. Use a pure, unscented bar soap like Ivory, Fels-Naptha, or Dr. Bronner’s for best results.
2 cups borax
2 cups washing soda
2 bars soap, grated
10 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops rosemary essential oil
5 drops peppermint essential oil
1.In a blender or food processer, combine all the ingredients.
2.Process on medium speed for 30 seconds.
3.Let the dust settle before removing the lid.
4.Transfer to a large glass jar or resealable plastic storage container.
5.Use 1 tablespoon of soap for a small load of laundry. Increase that amount to 2 or 3 tablespoons for larger loads or heavily soiled clothing.
6.Store in a cool, dry place.
Herbal Fabric Softener
YIELD: ½ GALLON
STORAGE: ORIGINAL VINEGAR BOTTLE
TIME: 5 MINUTES
You’ll be amazed at how soft this fragrant fabric softener leaves your clothing. Experiment with different essential oil combinations if you like.
15 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops peppermint essential oil
10 drops rosemary essential oil
½ gallon white vinegar
1.Add the lavender, peppermint, and rosemary essential oils to the vinegar.
2.Shake well before each use.
3.Add ½ cup to the rinse cycle for average loads. If you have an HE washer, use ¼ cup.
4.Store in a cool, dark place.
Lemon Stain Remover
YIELD: 1 TREATMENT
STORAGE: NOT RECOMMENDED
TIME: 5 MINUTES
Stock your laundry room with lemon essential oil, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide to work out tough stains as soon as they happen. The immediate chemical reaction between the ingredients in this remedy causes vigorous bubbling action that lifts the stain. The fresh reaction is what makes the mixture so effective, so storage is not recommended.
1 drop lemon essential oil
½ teaspoon water
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon hydrogen peroxide 3%
1.Apply the lemon essential oil to a toothbrush designated for stain removal use.
2.Moisten the stain with water, working from the outer edge toward the inside.
3.Sprinkle the baking soda onto the stain. Use more for a larger stain.
4.With the toothbrush, scrub the stain vigorously from outside to inside.
5.Rinse the toothbrush with water, then use it to apply the hydrogen peroxide to the stain, which should begin to bubble.
6.When the bubbling subsides, rinse the stain with water.
7.Repeat until the stain is gone. Most fresh stains are eliminated after 1 or 2 treatments.