I will be the first to admit that we are not 100% all natural in our house. I try to find a good balance between natural ingredients, expense, and effectiveness, but let's be honest. Sometimes the most natural options are either downright expensive or just don't work as good as a chemical alternative. (Who likes funky smelling clothes? Anyone?)
So when I find something that uses natural ingredients, is actually cheaper than its chemical-laden equivalent, and is effective, I just have to pass on the news. Here are my top 3.
Foaming Hand Soap
I really like this recipe from Wellness Mama. It is ridiculously easy and inexpensive to make. Here's how I do it:
DIY Fruit and Veggie Spray
Because I don't always buy organic produce, I am especially careful about washing everything before we eat it. At roughly $4.00 a bottle, that adds up! Luckily, the homemade alternative is just as effective and much less expensive.
Organic Laundry Detergent
You're probably thinking I'm going to give you a recipe for making your own laundry detergent. Nope. Who has time for that?! This is even better---soap nuts!
I first heard about Eco-Nuts in a Frontier Co-op catalog. Soap that grows on a tree? It doesn't get any more natural than that. But would it work? When the trial-sized box was on sale for $1, I just had to give it a try.
And it worked!
Not only do Eco-Nuts work just as well as commercial detergent, but they are a fraction of the cost and take up a tiny amount of space. Did I mention they're also organic?
I love that they do not take up much space! Because I only grocery shop once a month, I would buy two 120-ounce liquid laundry detergents. With Eco-Nuts, one medium-sized box (about 8 x 6 in.) lasts over a month.
To use, simply place 4 to 5 Eco-Nuts in the muslin bag that is provided and add to your washing machine. Each batch of Eco-Nuts can be use for multiple loads---until they become dried out and start to disintegrate.
Occasionally, for heavily soiled clothing, I will add some 20 Mule Team Borax to the wash, which was also a habit when I used commercial detergents. They also have wool dryer balls to replace dryer sheets.
As always, I love to hear new money-saving tips, especially ones that are all-natural. What products or DIY cleaning solutions do you use?
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