Recipes for Home Cleaning Supplies

February 1, 2013 — 1 Comment

cleaning suppliesJoseph Flory, missionary to Russia, was at a missions conference recently and received this list of how to make household cleaning supplies. He thought it would be a great idea to share (and so did I). We have been gradually switching to more natural cleaning supplies ourselves. Our favorite right now is using vinegar diluted with water for cleaning just about anything. If you are wanting to save money and get away from chemical cleaners but don’t know where to start, this list will be of a help.  Also, if you come across any other helpful resources, like Bro. Flory did, and think others would benefit from it, please send me an email.


Equal parts of dawn or Palmolive, Water, and ammonia
Shake it up at every use
Put it in an old liquid dish soap container and squirt on stain. Scrub and either wash or let stand.


6 c. Hot water
3 c. White vinegar
2 c. Hair conditioner
Scented Essential oils optional

Makes 3/4 of a gallon


1 bar Fels-Naptha Heavy Duty Laundry Bar Soap, grated or cut into slivers
3/4 c. 20 mule team borax
3/4 c. Arm & Hammer washing soda
1/2 gal. ammonia – optional
2 T. Fragrance oil – optional

1. In a dutch oven type cooking pan, place 6 cups hot water and the shaved Fels-Naptha. Heat until the Fels-Naptha dissolves, stirring occasionally.
2. Add the borax and washing soda, stir until dissolved
3.  In a large bucket place 4 c. Hot water.  Add the soap mixture, stir
4. Add 1 gallon and 6 cups of water to the soap mixture. Stir
5. Add oil and/or ammonia, if desired
6. Allow to stand overnight and then pour into desired dispensing container

Use 1/2 cup per wash load works great for HE washers

About  .75 per gallon


1 t. Borax
1 t. Washing soda
1/2 c. White vinegar
2 c. Hot water
25-30 drops essential oil (tea tree, grapefruit, eucalyptus, ect)
place into 24 oz. spray bottle

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One response to Recipes for Home Cleaning Supplies

  1. We have used a recipe very similar to the liquid laundry soap for a few years now. Before we came to the field a family in our church bought the stuff and we shipped it over here to West Africa. We are in our third year of this term and we have not had to buy any laundry soap yet! Praise the Lord! I am going to look into getting the stuff to make the fabric softener!

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