Homemaker Gone Natural

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Natural Bleach Alternative


Natural Bleach Alternative

  • 1  1/2  cup Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 1/2  cup Lemon Juice (you can use vinegar just add 4 drops lemon eo)
  • water

Combine ingredients. Put in Gallon sized container and finish filling with water.  Add 1 cup per load using as a color safe bleach alternative 🙂


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Homemade All-Purpose Cleaning Spray

All Purpose Cleaning Spray

Add all ingredients to spray bottle then finish filling with distilled water.  Use to clean most surfaces.


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Homemade All-Purpose Cleaning Wipes

I don’t know about you but back when we used icky chemical cleaners in our house, the kids were much more ‘into’ their chores when they could just grab the container of wipes to do their wipe downs.  I missed that convenience…. A LOT…. so I decided to make my own 😉

     Cleaning Wipes

  • 6 oz distilled water
  • 6 oz vodka (if you choose to not keep alcohol in your house, you can use White Vinegar)
  • 24 drops essential oil (I used 6 each of Lavender, Lemon and  12 drops of Tea Tree)
  • cut up old T shirt or other thin, washable rags

In a pint mason jar or other glass receptacle, place all of your liquid ingredient into the mason jar then add rags until jar is full but the liquid is still able to be somewhat shaken.


Natural Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Tabs

Natural Homemade Dish Detergent Tabs

Combine ingredients in a bowl, should be the consistency of sugar cookie dough so add juice or washing soda to get to right consistency.

Spoon mixture into ice cube trays and sit in the sun to dry.

Pop them out and put a tab in your detergent compartment of your dishwasher to wash your dishes.

                           Purchase pre-made HERE

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Homemade Natural Dish Liquid

This is what I use when I hand wash my dishes:

  • 1/2 c liquid castile soap ( I use Dr Bronners Castile Soap )
  • 1/8 c water
  • 4 drops essential oil scent of choice (I often use Peppermint, if you aren’t using the vodka, I would choose an oil that is disinfecting)
  • 1 t Vodka (you can omit this if you choose not to have this in your home)*
I shook it up a little to show you just how sudsy this could be 🙂

*Changed Vinegar to Vodka because Dr. Bronners brand suggests never mixing vinegar and castile soap… I figure they probably know what they are talking about 😉

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Homemade Powder Laundry Detergent

After using the Homemade liquid laundry detergent and liking it, I wanted to give the powdered a try just for a comparison.  I will let you know which I like better after more washes.

     Powder Laundry Detergent

  • 1 bar natural soap (I used Tom’s Sensitive)
  • 1 c Borax
  • 1 c Washing soda
  • essential oils of your choice (6-8 drops)

Grate soap, add powders, mix.  hmmmm simple enough but well, who likes that?  So, I made this x5, and the last cup of washing soda I had to replace with 1 cup baking soda, because I ran out…… oops!  Also I added about 30-40 drops of Peppermint before I stirred it all up just to give it a nice ahhhhhhh smell, my kids really like the peppermint.


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Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

I was very excited to stop using the chemicals in my laundry detergent as well.  I must tell you that before finding this recipe, I just bought some soap nuts and was washing my clothes with those.  I didn’t really care for them.  I thought the clothes smelled worse coming out than they did going in.  So I added some essential oils to the bag containing the soap nuts and this helped, but not enough for my liking.  I went online and scoured the internet for homemade natural laundry soaps.  There are A LOT out there.  I knew I wanted one that was not a powder*, so that helped narrow it down.  Finally I found one I liked using simple ingredients.

Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

Heat the water, washing soda and borax in a large pot.  Once the powders dissolve, take it off the stove and add the castile soap.  You may add this directly to your gallon sized container or you may wait for it to cool.  We use about 1 cup per load.  We use this in our ‘he’ washer with no problems, but we put it directly in with clothes not through dispenser.  In the dryer, I use the dryer balls they sell at Wal-Mart (they are blue with spikey things all over them)  and I put EO on a rag and toss in, these combined give me a chemical free, wonderful smelling, static free load.

* I have switched to a powder version.  I really thought I wanted liquid because that was what I was used to, but I have since switched to powder because the prep is easier and it works just as good if not BETTER. Here is my dry laundry detergent recipe.