I have been so encouraged by my DIY deodorant project that as my beauty and cleaning products start to run out I’ve been trying to replace them with greener homemade options. So far, so good – still cleaning my teeth with homemade toothpaste and my armpits happen to smell of lovely lavender. Next on my list of projects is a DYI Laundry Detergent and All Purpose Cleaner.
By the way, I’ve noticed that getting started on an at home pharmacy can be a little pricey at the beginning, but you’ll soon start to realise both the financial and environmental footprint benefits so keep at it!
(adapted from Lindsay Coulter’s Queen of Green section of The David Suzuki Foundation website: www.davidsuzuki.org)
7 L water
1 cup soap granules
1/2 cup borax
1/2 cup washing soda
20 drops essential oil (optional)
Add 1 L water and soap granules to pot. Heat until diluted.
Pour into pail with 6 L water, borax, and washing soda and stir until dissolved. Add essential oil. Soap will gel as it cools.
Use 1/2 cup per full load
NOTE: this makes upwards of 7 liters so make sure you have a bucket or pail with a lid on it before you get started. I think lavender and eucalyptus essential oils would work nicely in this recipe. You can find these ingredients at some grocery stores and almost all health food stores.
All Purpose Cleaner
(adapted from Gillian Deacon’s book Green For Life. Check out her website at www.gilldeacon.ca)
This couldn’t be any easier. When your current spray cleaner runs out, keep the bottle and refill it almost to the top with water. Add 10 drops of both Lavender and Tea Tree essential oil. Tea Tree Oil is antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, and antiviral. Lavender Oil is also antiseptic and smells divine. This can be used to wipe counter tops, tables, bathroom counters, etc. The essential oils run at about $9 CND per bottle but since you only need a little bit, they do last quite a while.
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