"So, literally three days ago I washed some blankets and kept forgetting to put them in the dryer. I went to check on them just now KNOWING that I was going to have to wash them again because clothes ALWAYS get that funky smell to them if you leave them in the washer. There was no smell. NOTHING! What!?! That's madness!"
So, it got an A+ for ease of use, and an A+ for odor control, but a straight up F for getting rid of any stains at all. It was suggested to me that I should just add in some Oxyclean or Oxobrite which is the "earth friendly" version, but I wanted to avoid that if possible. I realized that I was running low on some of the ingredients so I hadn't made to recipe come out equal to the size of my container. In her recipe, she is using a two gallon container, I was still using my 5 gallon bucket. So, the next batch I made sure to double all the ingredients, and still added 2 caps of Thieves Cleaner. This batch worked great, still no bueno on the stains though. Since then, I have come to the realization that Thieves cleaner is supposed to be awesome for laundry stains. I'm sure stingy with it though, I try to use as little as possible to make it stretch far. But, I realized that I was using WAY to little of the cleaner. It says on the bottle that you can dilute it 50 parts water to 1 part cleaner for light degreasing, 30:1 for most cleaning applications, and 15:1 for heavy degreasing. Obviously, two caps in 4-5 gallons of water, isn't cutting the recommended ratio. There are 24 caps to 1 cup/8 ozs of water. There are 16 cups in a gallon. So, there are 64-80 cups of water in my 5 gallon bucket of laundry detergent (since I don't fill it all the way up to the top). There's no way I'm putting 70 caps of Thieves cleaner in my laundry detergent! That just kills me inside a little. Plus, the bottle I have is 14.4 ozs, so if there are 24 caps in 8 ozs, I don't have enough cleaner to do 70 caps anyway! I'm going to try 1/2 a cup. That's an improvement off of the 2 caps, but it's not going to use my whole bottle of cleaner in one go.
So here's what you need:
- Empty 5 gallon bucket (I got mine from my local hardware store for cheap)
- 1 1/2 cups Super Washing Soda (I grab mine from Walmart)
- 3 cups Baking Soda (I get mine from Costco)
- 1 1/2 cups Liquid Castile Soap (I've gotten mine from Target, Sprouts, Market Street)
- 1/2 cup Thieves Household Cleaner
In order to buy at the member price of 24% off retail price you simply have to order the starter kit that you like best (there's a Thieves starter kit that includes the cleaner!) and then you can order at the discounted rate! Let me know if you have further questions!