Cleaning

Homemade Air Freshener with Baking Soda

homemade air freshener

Homemade Air Freshener with Essential Oil & Herbs

Sometimes our houses get a little smelly.  Whether it's a stinky trash can under the sink or your bathroom (for obvious reasons) making your own homemade air freshener is the perfect way to fight the stank.

When I was a kid my family always had a can of your average store bought aerosol bathroom air freshener sitting on the toilet tank ready to “freshen” up the bathroom at a moments notice.

Those sprays never seemed to do anything to get rid of the odor.  They just added a sickly sweet smell into the mix, and ended up making the room smell worse.

Try making this homemade air freshener as an alternative to aerosols from the store.

This air freshener isn't just for bathrooms, it's great under the sink, in the fridge, in a closet, cupboard, or anywhere else that stinks.  Not only does it put off a pleasant aroma, but it absorbs all the bad smells too.  Give it a shot and see for yourself.

Time: 5 min.

Homemade Carpet Freshener Powder with Borax

homemade carpet freshener powder

Homemade Carpet Freshener

I've already made one homemade carpet freshener on The Homemade Experiment, but I've also seen this other recipe around the internet so I wanted to try it out.

The only difference between the two is that this recipe also uses borax powder.  I am completely happy with the other carpet powder recipe, but I want to include this one for the sake of variety and comparison.  As of now I can't say if one is better than the other, but I can say that they have both worked for me.

This is a good homemade natural solution for freshening up the carpeting in you home without much work, or having to cover your carpeting with chemicals that may or may not be left behind by your vacuum cleaner.

This powder works equally well on rugs, just be a little more careful so you don't suck your rug into your vacuum cleaner (trust me, I've learned this from experience).

Time: 5 mins.

DIY Mason Jar Shaker

diy mason jar shaker

– Quick DIY Mason Jar Shaker –

Here is a great way to make your own diy mason jar shaker, and best of all it costs next to nothing to make.  My grandma gave me a bunch of her old mason jars, and I've been trying to find some good uses for them, and this fits the bill.  These homemade shakers are great because you can make them in any size that you want and can be used for anything from spice shakers to homemade carpet freshener.

Making your own shakers is a great alternative to buying a new shaker, especially as an alternative to plastic.  Don't worry if you don't have any mason jars laying around you can also use any glass jar with a metal lid.

Time: 5 min.

DIY Homemade Carpet Freshener With Baking Soda

how to make homemade carpet freshener instructions

Make Your Own Homemade Carpet Freshener Powder

This homemade carpet freshener is another great example for just how handy baking soda is around the house, and how it's certainly not just for baking.

Carpet gets dirty, that's unavoidable.  Every day as we come home we bring a little bit of the outside world into our homes on the soles of our shoes.

Vacuuming will suck up all the dirt and grime that finds it's way into carpet, but over time carpet can get smelly.  Having feet, house pets, and who knows what else on it will eventually leave your carpeting smelling a little less than fresh.

Never fear!  A good carpet freshening powder can work wonders deodorizing your carpet and leaving it smelling better than the day you bought it.  Here's how to make your own diy carpet freshener powder.

Also read, homemade carpet freshener made with borax powder for a slightly more complicated carpet freshening deodorizer.

Time: 5 min.

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

– Simple Homemade Dishwasher Detergent –


I decided to try and make my own homemade dishwasher detergent for a couple of reasons.  The first of which is that old saying, “You are what you eat.”  A lot of dishwasher soap is loaded with chemicals I don't think anyone would willingly want to eat.  I don't like the idea of little bits of chemicals being left on my dishes for me too eat.  So with that kind of gross thought in mind I decided it was time for me to try and make my own dishwasher detergent.

With all of that being said, here's how to make homemade dishwasher detergent:

Time: 10 min.

How To Make Homemade Laundry Detergent With Bar Soap and Washing Soda

Here's how to make homemade laundry detergent at home

Fast Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe

Here's how to make a basic natural homemade laundry detergent recipe that is easy to make, and will get your clothes fresh in no time.

There are a ton of reasons to make your own homemade laundry detergent.  Personally I'm not a big fan of soaking my clothing in a bunch of chemicals that I don't really know what they are.

Another reason I am starting to steer clear of store bought laundry detergent is it seems to me like so much detergent needs to be used compared to homemade detergent that it seems like there must be some fillers in there.

I don't know about you, but I don't like the idea of paying for filler. Another reason many people might be looking to make their own homemade laundry detergent is that some laundry detergents can irritate some peoples skin.

This laundry detergent recipe is much less chemical laden and might be less irritating for those with sensitive skin.  There are other reasons to not buy store bought detergents but as for me, those are the ones that have driven me to try and make my own homemade laundry detergent.

Time: 10-20 minutes

Ingredients

homemade laundry detergent ingredients

Here's what you need to make your own homemade laundry detergent:

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Step One

Shred the Fels Naptha soap for your homemade laundry detergent recipe

Fels Naptha

So the first thing you're going to want to do is shred your bar of soap.

Liza was nice enough to comment and let me know that Fels Naptha can, after extended use (I've not yet had this problem personally), yellow your clothing. She instead suggests using Dr. Bronner bar soap, which I've recently just started using to wash clothes while traveling, and it has worked great so far.

So, instead of… I've chosen to use Fels Naptha for my laundry detergent. Try using Dr. Bronner for your homemade laundry detergent instead.  

Other soaps that work well are ZOTE, and Pure & Natural.  Both Fels-Naptha and Zote are called laundry soap, meant specifically for cleaning clothes.  Of course you can use your own homemade bar soap too if you want.

shredded fels naptha for homemade laundry detergent

Shredding the bar soap with a food processor is the easiest way to do it, but using a cheese grater works just as well.  

Shredding by hand will probably take for ever, buts its worth it to make your own laundry detergent. I know that the Fels Naptha looks like cheddar cheese, but it's not, so don't eat it.  Or maybe it's just me that was tempted.

Step Two

1 cup borax

Next you will add in 1 cup of borax to the shredded bar soap. The purpose of Borax in homemade laundry detergent is as a detergent booster.  The borax helps to get clothes cleaner, and brightens and deodorizes clothes.

Step Three

1 cup washing soda

Then add 1 cup of washing soda and mix. Washing soda helps to clean the clothes, and also to freshen, and fight odor in you laundry.

Step Four

Mix it up

Then stir the bar soap, borax, and washing soda together.  Stir it all up for at least a couple of minutes to ensure that everything is mixed well. Or, if you have a big enough container you can just shake everything together.  I'm really good at making messes, so shaking everything together in a sealed container makes it a lot harder to make a mess.

Using Your Homemade Laundry Detergent

1 tbsp per load 1 tbsp should be enough for your average load of laundry.  However, if you've got a big load, extra dirty clothes, or just can't believe 1 tbsp is enough to clean you clothes then use 2 tbsp, and that should be more than enough.

Storing Homemade Laundry Detergent

Keep it dry

You want to make sure you keep your nice new batch of homemade laundry detergent dry.  I personally like to use air tight glass jar so that I can easily see how much I have left.  Put in an air tight container so that no moisture can get in.  For good measure you should also keep it in a dry place just to be safe.

Does It Work?

For my first time making this homemade laundry detergent, I think it turned out really well.  After having used the entire batch of detergent I can say that it has been getting my clothes completely clean.  

There's no oily feel, smell, or anything else unpleasant left after washing.  My clothes are left smelling fresh and looking great after several times through the wash. After using this homemade laundry detergent for a few months I am still super happy with how well it works!  

I haven't seen any sings of yellowing in my clothing, but just the possibility is worrying enough to steer me away from using fels naptha for washing laundry on a regular basis.



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