Simple everyday ingredients can be used to make safe and environmental friendly household cleaners.
For Washing Dishes
Place small slivers of hand soap in a heated glass jar. Cover with boiling water and let it dissolve. Add a tablespoon of vinegar and the juice of one lemon. It is suitable for the hardest dirt and grime!
For Washing Clothes
Use equal quantities of soap flakes and washing soda. Alternatively, a few tablespoons of washing soda added to biodegradable washing powders work a lot better.
For Use As a Bleach
Borax can serve as a good and effective bleach and disinfectant. Unfortunately, it is not as strong as commercial chlorine bleaches but can still do the job. Borax should be kept out of reach of children.
For Use As a Fabric Softener
Combine one part bicarbonate of soda, one part white vinegar and two parts water in a bottle. Use the same way a commercial softener would be used.
For Freshening the Air
Good and thorough ventilation of a room is still the best air freshener! However, a nice smelling bar of hand soap unwrapped and place where a draft is will do wonders.
Soap and water is still the most useful multi-purpose cleaner and can replace many commercial special-purpose cleaners.