How To Tuesday: Make Your Own Fabric Softener

A few weeks ago, “How To Tuesday” was all about making your own laundry soap, I thought today could be a follow up to that with one way to make your own fabric softener.   We normally don’t use anything, but mostly because of the overly perfume smell and the not so friendly chemicals.

So, when researching how to make all natural fabric softener, I discovered two things.

  1. People don’t really know what all natural means.  I found a plethora of instructions on how to use the least expensive hair conditioner in the store for your laundry.  And yes, this is frugal, but it’s not natural.  The conditioner for your hair can contain just as many harsh chemicals as fabric softener.
  2. Sometimes the answer you are looking for is what you would have least expected.

So, what is this all natural remedy for softer clothes?  Vinegar!  I know, your first thought is the same as mine and as Gayle’s.  ”I do NOT want to smell like a bag of Salt & Vinegar potato chips all day!”  But, if you don’t use too much, the vinegar smell will not survive the rinse cycle. You can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oil for an added scent.  (Stay away from citrus oils as they can stain clothes)

Here is the magic formula -

Add 1/4 – 1/2 cup vinegar (use white vinegar because balsamic or apple cider could stain your clothes) to the fabric softener dispenser.  If you want, you can add 1-2 drops of essential oil at the same time.

I have noticed a difference sine I’ve started using vinegar in the laundry.  The clothes are softer and the static cling is much less.  And I have not noticed any vinegar smell.  Give it a try, then leave us a comment on how it worked for you.

 

 

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How To Tuesday: Remove Rust Stains in the Bathroom

We have very hard water.  And aside from being impossible to drink, it wrecks havoc on anything white; clothes, porcelain, you name it.  We had horrible rust stains in our sink, bathtub and toilet.  At first, the only thing we found that would take care of it was a toilet bowl cleaner with hydrochloric acid (also called muriatic acid) as the main ingredient.  It was so toxic, that I couldn’t even use it when Gayle was in the house, it hurt her longs so badly.  We hated using it, and needed something else, something natural and safe.

And then, we discovered baking soda and vinegar.  Very safe, not much smell, and effective!  It takes a little elbow grease, but it’s worth it.  The procedure we follow involves making a paste with the baking soda and water and using it to scrub the stains.  After some scrubbing,  pour the vinegar over the baking soda, the bubbling action helps loosen the stains, then, if it’s needed, do some more scrubbing.

For incredibly tough stains, you can also use citric acid.  Again, make a paste with the citric acid and water and leave on the stains overnight.  You can purchase citric acid at a wine shop or in the canning aisle of the grocery store.

If you struggle with hard water stains or rust stains, try these all natural alternatives.  I think you will be surprised with how well they work.

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101 Ways to Live Green (Part 2)

Two weeks ago, we gave you 10 tips to living green with your skin care.  This post will highlight 10 ways to green your house cleaning.  The chemicals and dangerous toxins that are in the products you use every week to clean your house are damaging the health or you and your family.  There are ways to clean without using harsh chemicals that are just as effective, cheaper and often do a better job at keeping your house in tip top shape.

1) To cut grease in the kitchen, sprinkle borax or baking soda on a sponge and scrub away.  To clean your outdoor grill, use salt.

2) Warm water and vinegar make an effective tile or linoleum floor cleaner.  Add a few drops of lemon essential oil for a fresh clean scent.

3)  Clean windows and glass with a 50:50 mix of vinegar and water.

4)  The vinegar and water mix will also get rid of mildew in the shower.

5) To clean toilets, place 1/4 cup of borax in the bowl and let set overnight.  Scrub in the morning, using more borax if needed.

6)  A paste made from baking soda and water will get your tubs and sinks sparkling with a minimum of work.

7)  Mix 1 teaspoon borax and 1/4 cup vinegar with a quart of water and place in a spray bottle to use as an all purpose cleaner.  It works great on counter tops, floors, walls, carpets and upholstery.

8.)  If you have a clogged drain, dissolve 1 cup baking soda and 1 cup vinegar in boiling water and pour down the drain.  The effervescence of the baking soda and vinegar should clear the clog.

9)  Equal parts olive oil, lemon juice and vinegar can be used as a furniture polish.  Just be sure to shake well before use.

10)  2 teaspoons of borax and 15 drops of tea tree oil in a cup of water makes a very effective disinfectant spray.  It will kill germs without harming the environment or contributing to disease resistant bacteria.

The EPA has determined that indoor pollution levels can be 2-5 times higher than outdoor levels.  A big contributor to indoor pollution is cleaning products.  For the safety of your family, consider switching to all natural alternatives to clean your house.

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An All Natural Clean

If you have read any of our previous blog posts, you know that Glynne’s Soaps is passionate about “green”.  It all started with our mission to fight fleas all naturally (which you can read about here and here), moved on to skin care products, hand sanitizer and shampoo.  We have researched and know first hand the dangers of chemicals and pesticides that can be found in personal care products.

We have worked hard creating skin care products that are natural and effective to replace those made with hazardous chemicals.  However, dangerous chemicals are everywhere, especially in household cleaning products.  We have no plans to start making safe, natural cleaners, but we can give you all natural alternatives to the commercial cleaning products you might be using now.

Baking soda is a great cleanser.  When mixed with water to form a paste, it cleans soap scum and hard water stains from tubs and sinks without scratching or leaving grit.

No one like to clean the oven.  However, Baking soda also works well as an oven cleaner without the nasty fumes or the need for rubber gloves.   Cover the bottom of the oven with water, then sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the water.  Sprinkle or spray the baking soda with water and let it sit overnight.  In the morning, the grease will have loosened and will easily wipe off the oven.  This works in the microwave as well.

A mix of vinegar and water makes an exceptional window, glass or mirror cleaner.

Straight vinegar can be used as a natural deodorizer.  If you keep some in a spray bottle you can spray it on kitchen counters, cutting boards and other surfaces.  For very strong smells, it can be left overnight.  Straight vinegar will also kill 82% of mold and mildew.  It can be sprayed directly in the shower and left overnight.

Dangerous and toxic chemicals can be found in most soaps, shampoos and household cleaners.  Glynne’s Soaps can be used to clean yourself, your family and your dog.  The above mentioned cleaners will allow you to clean your home without exposure to nasty, harmful chemicals.

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