DIY: Ridiculously Easy Cleaning Swaps

Green cleaning: It's addictive

After getting rid of our toxic cleaning stash, I needed some greener solutions pronto. What amazes me is how easy these cleaning solutions are. Why did I not do this earlier? And what are people really paying for when they buy expensive Eco products? The answer to the first question is probably that I assumed there were lots of ingredients required to clean your house with, and I couldn’t buy and make do myself. And the answer to the second question? Pretty packaging, good marketing and a nice fairytale.

On with the recipes.

DIY: Washing Powder

1 cup baking soda

1 cup washing soda (ground in food processor if you want to get the most efficiency out of it)

Optional: Castile (olive oil) soap, vinegar, essential oils

Add 1tbsp each baking soda and washing soda to each wash. Voila! Clean clothes (told you it was dead easy).

For smelly nappies I add a splash of white vinegar to the rinse near the end of the wash. You can also mix the sodas together with 1/4 cup Castile soap and a few drops of essential oil and use that way – a la Wendyl Nissen‘s Laundry Clay.

DIY: Dishwasher powder (this recipe is from Bin Inn)

1 cup baking soda

1 cup washing soda (are you sensing a theme?)

1/4 cup salt

1/4 cup citric acid

Mix together all ingredients and blitz in a food processor.

DIY: Dishwasher rinse aid

White vinegar.

…Yup, that’s it. Just pour into the rinse aid dispenser until it’s topped up. That’s really all you need.

DIY: Cream cleaning liquid (like Jiff)

Baking soda

Enough water to mix soda into a paste.


DIY: Exfoliant/Facial scrub (this idea is from Pig Tits and Parsley Sauce)

3 parts baking soda

1 part sweet almond oil.

Mix. Alternatively (this is also from Wendyl Nissen’s Green Goddess)

200g sea salt

4Tbsp olive oil

juice of one lemon


DIY: Deodorant (this recipe is from One Green Generation)

1 part baking soda

6 parts cornstarch

Mix and apply sparingly with a cotton ball or a fat make-up brush. You can also add a few drops of tea tree oil or essential oil if you like a nice smell. There are a LOT of nasties in commercial deodorant and antiperspirants (like parabens, fragrance and aluminium) – so I’m pleased as punch to have such an easy and natural alternative.

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