Now that I have some cold process soap making under my belt, I decided to venture a little farther afield and experiment with some home made cleaning products. I went to the supermarket and loaded my cart with Fels-Naptha soap, a box of borax, a box of washing soda, some kosher salt, and a jug of white vinegar. Then I went to the neighboring GNC and bought two tiny bottles of essential oil – one tea tree, one lemon. This is what I did with them.
Then pour the shavings into a food processor and pulverize until fine.
Use 2 tablespoons per load of laundry. For best results, allow to dissolve in water before adding clothes and add 1/2 cup white vinegar to rinse cycle. I ran a load of towels this afternoon and they came out clean, soft and sweet smelling!
Unmold and store in an airtight container.
Use one tab per load of dishes. For best results, add 3 drops (no more unless you want a kitchen full of suds!) of dishwashing liquid – I use Dawn – and splash 1/2 cup white vinegar in the bottom of the dishwasher. I tested test these tabs tonight; this load of dishes included several plastic containers that had previously held colored frosting made from Crisco, powdered sugar and food coloring
as well as dinner plates that were caked with the remnants of a lasagna dinner. As you can see everything came out clean and sparkly.