Friday, May 25, 2012

Laundry Detergent and Baby Wipes Recipes!

Finally! I've been pondering over this post way too know, "wow, that would be a nice post on my blog...I'll do it later...tomorrow...this week..." So, here we are two months later!

A few years ago, our family became fully aware of the harmful chemicals and dyes and perfumes that companies put in their products...especially laundry detergents and baby wipes. So, we started using these recipes and love them! They take very little time to make and they save crazy amounts of money!

 The Recipe

Homemade Laundry Detergent:
1 c. Borax
1 c. Washing Soda (although it's Arm and Hammer it's NOT Baking Soda)
1c. Liquid Castile Soap
A few squirts of Rose-scented Castile Soap

Mix together in a 5-gallon bucket of warm water, stirring while you fill the bucket. Be sure to give it a little mix before using. Pour about a cup per large load of laundry. In place of  Fabric Softener, we use about 1/2 C. White Vinegar. It makes really nice-smelling clothes. The vinegar (which NEVER makes a smell) helps prevent static cling and keeps the clothes soft.

Homemade Baby Wipes:
1 1/2 C. Warm Water
1 T. Baby Mild Castile Soap
1 T. Aloe Vera Water
1 T. Olive Oil
2 T. Hydrogen Peroxide 

Mix above ingredients. The wipes themselves are made of a package of Bounty napkins (the most absorbent and soft kind). Pour the mixture over one half of the napkins. Make another batch for the other half. Store in plastic zip-top bags or glad-type lidded containers. NOTE: These wipes don't keep forever. If they mold or smell musty, don't use them! ANOTHER NOTE: These wipes are great for cleaning "boo-boos" and cuts. The soap cleans, the peroxide disinfects and the olive oil moisturizes :)

We've been using and perfecting these recipes for a few years now and they're wonderful!!! I hope you find them useful. Feel free to post this elsewhere, pin to Pinterest and share with your friends. It would be terrible to keep this usefulness to ourselves!