Top DIY Cleaning Ingredients
Washing soda – also know as soda ash or sodium carbonate – is an amazing stain fighter. Because of its stain fighting properties, it’s ideal for handmade laundry soap. When mixed with other ingredients like shredded soap, baking soda and borax, it helps your clothes stay clean and fresh. It’s also a water softener. Washing soda can also be used to clean tough materials like grease and wax. Washing soda can cause skin irritation, so I recommend wearing gloves and long sleeves when working with it. It can also irritate the nose and throat, so you can wear a mask if you like.
The scrubbing power of salt is ideal for household cleaning. It can be used to scrub shower scum, clean cast iron pans and remove oven spills. Salt is very absorbent, so it can absorb grease, oil and cooking residue from burnt pans. It’s also a deodorizer and fights unpleasant smells around your house. For instance, it’s an effective way to get rid of odors from the garbage disposal. It’s very versatile!
One of the best things about a clean house is a fresh, crisp scent. Essential Oils can be used in room sprays or added to cleaning products. Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil on a towel makes a great homemade dryer sheet. It will make your clothes smell delightfully floral and earthy. Some essential oils, like Tea Tree Essential Oil, are also thought to have antiseptic and antifungal properties.