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
…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)
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.