Natural Cleaners

I’ve been using these simple cleaners for sometime now and thought I would share them with you.
If you have any favorites I would love you to share them.



Liquid Laundry Soap
1/3 bar Ivory Soap, grated
1/2 cup Washing Soda-Sodium Carbonate- (not baking soda)
1/2 cup Borax
1 oz. lavender essential oil (or your favorite scent)
5 gallon bucket with lid
Using a cheese grater, the larger hole side grate, your bar soap.
In a pot add 6 cups of water and grated soap and heat to a boil, continue until soap is melted. to this add the washing soda and borax, continue to stir until dissolved well and remove from heat and pour into your bucket.
Add 4 cups HOT water into the bucket and stir until everything is mixed well. Add 1 gallon plus 6 cups cold water and stir, stir in essential oil well, cover bucket and let sit 24 hours.
In 24 hours remove cover and your soap should be a thin gel. Use 1/2 cup per load to wash.
I use a downy fabric softener ball with white vinegar for the rinse cycle.
We have a septic system and powders aren’t good for it. The original recipe called for soap flakes but here in the US soap flakes are not easily available. There are other recipes that call for Fels Naptha soap, but this has petroleum in it, so I choose to use pure Ivory soap.
Oven Cleaner
I keep this recipe mix in an old jar and just use a bit when needed. I have a self cleaning oven so I don’t ever have that much clean up to do. I also keep a sheet of aluminum foil in the oven and place it under anything I bake that might spill over while cooking.
3/4 cup salt
1/2 cup Borax
32 oz. Baking Soda
Mix all dry ingredients together and store in a glass jar. When ready to use pour out a small amount into a bowl and add small amount of water to make a paste. Spread it on the oven and let sit one half hour. Wipe off with a clean cloth and vinegar.
Scouring Pads
I have always traded with a neighbor for the loofah she grows, cut them into 1″ thick slices and scrub away with my favorite cleaner. When used up, rinse well and toss into the compost.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner

1 cup of white vinegar left in the bowl overnight and scrubbed in the morning.
Antibacterial/Anti fungal multipurpose Cleaner
4 Tbl. Lemon juice
1 Tbl. Tea Tree oil
equal parts white vinegar and distilled water.
mixed together in a spray bottle. Shake before using.
Window Wash
1/3rd part Ammonia
2/3rds part Water
Mixed together in a spray bottle.
Carpet Fresh
1 old jar
Baking soda (1lb.)
20 drops essential Oil
mix together in glass jar. Sprinkle on carpet and let sit overnight, vacuum the next day.
Liquid Dish Soap
1 gallon of warm water
2 cups shredded bar soap (I use Ivory)
Large pot
2 Tbl. Liquid glycerin
½ cup lemon juice
2-5 drops Essential Oil (I like eucalyptus)
5 drops Tea Tree Oil (Antibacterial)
Mix warm water and soap flakes in a large pot. (I have an old enamel pot only for soap making)Dissolve the soap flakes in the water on the stove over low heat. Continually stir the mix while it is heating.
Stir in the glycerin and remove from heat.Let cool until almost room temperature and then add lemon juice (or white vinegar).
Mix in your favorite essential Oil and Tea Tree Oil.Pour the mixture into bottles and shake well. I have been using old dish soap bottles I got from our town’s recycle center.

Posted on August 7, 2008, in Natural Cleaning Recipes. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Hi,

    Many people grate their own soap into flakes, but please know that soap flakes are available in the USA.

    Thank you.


  2. Living the simple life

    Hi Mike,

    Thanks for the information. It’s good to know this. After checking on the pricing for them, compared to what they were just a few short years ago, grating a bar of soap is a better way to go for me.

    I would like one day to try them in making rebatched soap. I’ll save the link for later when things quiet down and i’m forced into inside activities on one of the upcoming -20 days.

    Thanks again, Mike.


  3. Hi Karyn,
    Thank you for sharing these. I have been looking for a good laundry soap recipe. I went out and bought the ingredients for your recipe yesterday and can’t wait to make it later on today and try it out on some laundry. 🙂

  4. Thanks Karyn for the laundry soap recipe. I have been using your recipe for the past 2 months and like it very much.

    I’m going to try the new liquid dish soap recipe you recently posted here.

    Have a great weekend

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