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Laundry FAQs

Where can I find washing soda and some of the other supplies mentioned?

Washing soda can be found in the laundry aisle of most Walmarts and many regular grocery stores. It is also available online from vendors such as Amazon.

Borax is also found in the laundry aisle of most stores.

Castile soap can be found online at websites such as Vitacost. The bar soap may be carried by your local Walmart, grocery store, or drugstore. Our momsAWARE Online Store offers an excellent coconut castile in both bar and grated forms, as well as an old-fashioned laundry soap uniquely designed for more effective cleaning.

Can the homemade powdered laundry soap be used in high-efficiency machines?

Yes, we have seen it used successfully with HE machines.

What can I use as a bleaching agent?

Hydrogen peroxide is often used for this purpose. Food grade hydrogen peroxide is stronger than the 3% version found in stores. It is 35% hydrogen peroxide and is very strong. It must be handled carefully and diluted before using. Examples of available food grade hydrogen peroxide can be found on eBay.

Seventh Generation has a non-chlorine bleach which is made with hydrogen peroxide and deionized water.

What can I use for a fabric softener and/or replacement for dryer sheets?

White vinegar makes an excellent softening agent. Add 1/2 cup to the rinse cycle.

For added fragrance, place an essential oil of choice on a wet washcloth or rag and place in dryer with clothing.

What can I add to help with mold smells on towels and clothing?

Tea tree oil is an excellent antibacterial agent. Add several drops to the rinse cycle. Add 1/2 c. baking soda to the laundry soap for added protection.

I read that borax is toxic to plants. Is this true?

Yes, borax can be hazardous, so it's best used sparingly. The homemade laundry and dishwashing powder recipes we feature here use minimal amounts of borax. See our article Borax: Friend or Foe? for more information on the safety concerns of using borax in the home.

Kitchen FAQs

Where can I find supplies for making my own kitchen products?

Liquid castile soap is available at health food stores and online. Our momsAWARE Online Store offers a pure, fragrance-free bar soap that can easily be used to make your own liquid castile. Vitacost also offers an excellent selection of castile soaps.

Washing soda can be found in the laundry aisle of most Walmarts and many regular grocery stores. It is also available online from vendors such as Amazon.

Borax is also found in the laundry aisle of most stores.

What type of grapefruit seed extract do you recommend?

It is critical that 100% pure GSE is used. We recommend the NutriBiotic brand found at health food stores and online. Vitacost is one online vendor that carries it.

Where do you suggest I buy bottles and jars?

Mason jars are readily found at Walmart and Ace Hardware stores. More specialized jars can be found at websites like Sunburst Bottle Company.

How can I avoid a cloudy residue on dishes when using the homemade dishwasher soap?

This is common. Try reducing the amount of powder or liquid and adding white vinegar to the rinse agent dispenser. You may even want to throw an extra cup of white vinegar in the bottom of the dishwasher.


"My symptoms persisted and eventually turned into lethargy and depression. At the age of 26, I required a nap every evening after work."

– Jennifer

"The entire time we lived in our (mold-infested) house the kitchen sponge would get musty smelling within 3-4 days. It was so strange. I had to buy a pack of sponges nearly every week."

– Anonymous

"The ERMI mold test as well as your helpful articles and Toxic Talk Tuesday programs have helped us avoid a terrible mistake in purchasing a new home."

– Angela

"We were having a lot of health problems and had been to the doctor countless times... we had large circles of slimy greenish-black mold on the bathroom ceiling, where it had caved in a few months before."

– C.

"I was skeptical at first that these (natural cleaning) products would work, but they work better than the stuff I buy at the store! We will soon be moving to the personal care products as well!"

– Jennifer

"My daughter has had many blood samples taken to test for everything imaginable and her doctor just seems puzzled. Everything comes back normal."

– Anonymous

"In my moldy home if I left the wet clothes in the washer they would get musty very quickly and I'd have to re-wash... Sometimes I'd run a load, go to work, and they'd be musty when I returned that evening."

– Anonymous

"I'm new at this, but today I cleaned my bathroom with baking soda and vinegar. It's much better not having those strong chemical smells afterwards."

– Anonymous

"I had been struggling with headaches, head fog, breathing difficulties (unable to get a full breath), constant scalp tingling, migraines, nausea, feeling spacey/detached, and severe itchy skin."

– Anonymous

"We had some water leaks in our home... we never thought we needed to clean out and remove the floor, the ceiling, or the drywall... my two small children and I have remained constantly sick for years in this home."

– Mia

"I knew it was mold, but doctors kept telling me I had anxiety. I was sitting in my office and could not remember who I was talking to, or what we were talking about."

– Brenda

"Both of my sons went downhill quickly and coughed for months... They both lost their ability to read, had profound vision disturbances, and had phenomenal gastric issues."

– Lee

" age 35 or 36 I started to become allergic to everything, and I got asthma at age 36... I went to doctor after doctor after doctor and was desperate for help, but nobody could help me."

– Mia

"I started finding myself sitting on the floor in rooms of my house and not remembering how I got there, what I was doing before, or how long I had been there."

– Brenda

"My daughter started having digestive problems... heart palpitations... coughing episodes... muscle/joint pain... asthma/allergies... Her doctor finally advised me to check for mold in our home."

– Anonymous

"I have been sick for almost 6 months now and doctors were not able to figure out why. I finally put it all together after going away for vacation for a week and suddenly my symptoms were going away."

– Anonymous

"I've been living in a mold-infested home for 13 months... I was going CRAZY! Finally figured it out... Just a few days of recovering in a mold-free home and I feel AMAZING!!!"

– Lauren

"We all suffered from headaches, hormonal body temperature fluctuations, brain fog, fatigue, difficulty breathing, thrush, rashes, and yeast infections... we vacated our home two weeks ago."

– Anonymous

"Our family has been out of our home for 9 months due to mold... I am so scared and weak from all of this. We have lost friends; family members don't understand."

– Anonymous