A while back, Trent, over at the Simple Dollar posted a great article about cleaning with simple and frugal supplies: Spring Cleaning Time? Here are Some Tips for Cleaning Supplies on the Cheap.
The Happy Slob has some neat recipes for home-made and frugal household products. These are all non-toxic and the big thing is, they WORK – for less than pennies!
In these days of cutting back, these places are really good sources for good ideas and cheap, non-toxic products. I also have to put in a plug for one of my favorite places, Soaps Gone Buy. You can get pre-grated Fels Naphtha Soap and a laundry mix of grated Fels Naphtha Soap, Borax, and Washing Soda. I’ve been using it for years, and it is wonderful. Explore the website – there are recipes for all kinds of soaps and cleaners, and even a section for Catfish Bait!
About every month or so, I will add a scoop of peroxide-based fabric brightener (Oxy-Clean) to my laundry to whiten the whites and brighten the colors. Don’t use too much, though, because even though it is more gentle than chlorine bleaches, it can bleach out colored fabrics. I also use an enzyme-based product from time to time to get resistant stains out.
Ohio State University Extension Service has a webpage about “Quick ‘n Easy Stain Removal.” It has some very interesting suggestions that are “doable” at home.
This is my contribution to those who are interested in frugal ways to clean – house or laundry. It’s nice that all these methods are non-toxic and non-allergenic.