It turns out to be even more useful than originally thought. I was cleaning the toilet and needed a little extra help scrubbing with the toilet brush. Normally I use plain bleach but decided to try something different. (Note: I don’t use any other chemicals in the toilet such as leave-in bowl cleaners. If you are using them, do not mix in other chemicals.) I reached for the homemade laundry detergent mixture and poured about half a cup into the bowl. I left it alone for a few minutes, then swabbed it around with the toilet brush. The stains came off easily and I did not have to deal with bleach fumes.
Next, I poured some of the homemade detergent into a spray bottle. I sprayed a dirty counter with it and wiped it down. I was able to easily clean the kitchen counter, and again, no chemical smells to contend with. (Note: Our apartment has formica counters; if you have granite or other types of materials, test on small area before spraying the entire surface.) The homemade laundry detergent post post has the recipe.
Cleanliness is important for health and quality of life after a disaster or emergency. It is good to know that by having just a few ingredients such as Borax, washing soda and a dishwashing liquid, you can whip up a batch of laundry detergent that also doubles as an all-purpose cleaner.
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