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Taylor Kaufmann Summers
Seattle WA

This site is an ongoing collection of recipes I cherish and information I have come across in my studies while at Naturopathic medical school.

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Here are are my favorite home remedies and recipes. I have used them all with wonderful results. Utilizing these recipes is not only a great way to cut down the cost of normal household items but is also a great way to reduce your exposure and our planet's exposure to harmful chemicals commonly found in many household products. See my post on "Common household chemicals to avoid" for more information.  

Thanks to diynatural for the great recipes!


1 cup borax

1 cup washing soda (I use Arm & Hammer)

½ cup citric acid

½ cup kosher salt (for scrubbing action)


Combine and store in a container. Each batch yields 24 ounces of detergent. Feel free to double the batch, or multiply to create any amount you’d like.

To Use:

Use 1 Tbsp per load


1 bar (or 4.5 ounces) of shaved bar soap (I prefer Dr. Bronners in the eucalyptus, peppermint or almond scent)

1 cup of borax

1 cup of washing soda (I use Arm & Hammer)


Thoroughly stir together for 5 minutes and enjoy the results! You can take this a step further and blend the mixture in a blender or food processor to create a powder that will dissolve easily even in cold water. (Just be sure to let the dust settle before removing the lid of your blender or food processor so you don’t inhale the fine particles.) Store in a sealed container with a small scoop.

To Use:

Use 1 Tbsp per load (or 2-3 Tbsp for large or heavily soiled loads).