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Homemade Deodorant-we use this every day:

 1/4 cup baking soda
 1/4 cup corn starch
 5 tablespoons coconut oil (solid)

 Mix soda and starch together, then add in 4 t of the coconut oil. You want it to mix to the consistancy of play-dough. (Add the other t of oil if necessary) You can add 10 drops of any scented oil you like, we use patchouli. Mash into clean pushup containers and use the same as store-bought.
 As I said origionally, if you live in an area that gets hot, this stuff WILL soften when it gets warm. The kids think it's nasty, but we keep it in the fridge when it starts to get soft.

 Our liquid laundry detergent:
 1/2 bar Fels Naptha or Zoat laundry soap bar grated fine ( we use 50/50 each because Fels tends to clean better but Zoat has a better scent)
 1/2 cup 20 mule team Borax
 1/2 cup washing soda (Arm and Hammer) 
 8 qts HOT water

 Grate bar soap as fine as you can. I know some people use a food processor just for this, but we use a plain old square grater. Put grated soap, Borax, ans soda in a bucket and add the hot water. Let it sit for s short time till all the soap dissolves, mix thouroghly, and put in containers. We only use a tablespoon of this for regular loads, but add more for heavily soiled clothes.  This stuff will tend to clump up a bit when sitting, but just shake your bottle or container before use to re-mix it.
 Somtimes finding all these ingredients can be a challenge, and we've yet to find one place that carries them all, unless we head towards the Amish areas south of us. We just do the same as any prep item, and get 4 at a time when we are low. We generally make a double batch, and fill empty detergent containers that the kids and family save for us.


--- Quote from: Dawgus on February 18, 2010, 06:05:56 PM ---Homemade Deodorant-we use this every day:

 1/4 cup baking soda
 1/4 cup corn starch
 5 tablespoons coconut oil (solid)

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Thanks for the recipes. Any links, blogs or books that you've found useful, are more than welcome. I'm trying to save a bit of time on the research, web-navigation given I'm a newbie with this. Thanks again to all for the useful info.


a quick google search "DIY cleaning recipies" turns up tons of hits.

I think for $7 pick up that book i recommend, it has like 100 recipes in it. Give some of em' a try first from my post and see what is what...

I had to make this sticky... I spent too much time looking for it this morning! Hope it is helpful to others as well.


I love all the useful information ya'll have posted! Thank you! I am very interested in making my own cleaning supplies to save money and have fewer chemicals in my home.

I just have a question about borax. How toxic is it? For example, if my toddler happened to get into it, how bad would it be?



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