In my next instalment in transitioning to zero waste lifestyle, I attempt to make my own cleaning products. Since I was running out of couple of staples in my house, I decided it would be the perfect opportunity to make. If you prefer watching a video, check it out here.
- Liquid Hand Soap
- All purpose cleaner
- Laundry detergent
While purchasing the ingredients for these products, it is true that there was some packaging. HOWEVER, my theory is that purchasing any of these products directly from the store includes a lot more plastic. While from the ingredients you can make up to x10 times the amount!
So lets get started! DISCLAIMER : these are the most simple and easy cleaning products. I’m a beginner level Do-It-Yourself(er).
Liquid Hand Soap
Ingredients required :
- Castile Soap
I used Dr. Brenner’s Castile soap which I found at a local health food shop. I decided to pick a peppermint scented block of soap as it was wrapped in paper, as opposed to the liquid soap in plastic.
First I grated around 1/5 of the pure castile soap bar into a bowl, then mixed it with two cups of water. Then I melted the soap in the water. Once the mixture turned into goo, I turned the heat off and let it cool down. Then transferred into my old liquid soap dispenser!
All Purpose Cleaner
This is probably the easiest, and in all honesty, using distilled white vinegar as an all purpose cleaner is the best solution. I have used it to clean counter tops, sinks, toilets, showers and even stains on clothes and it worked a charm. IF you want to make it a little more complex.
I again used an old all purpose cleaner bottle as a dispenser, and added vinegar and squeezed a lemon in. Since there is lemon in the mixture, it needs to be kept refrigerated.
While there are ‘Eco’ options of laundry detergents available in stores, I wanted to see if it was possible to make my own easy version. The ingredients used were.
- Baking Soda
- Borax Powder
- Hot Water
- Castile Soap
Honestly I am not great at sticking to recipes or measuring out precise amounts, so I kind of guesstimated the amounts. I wanted to make enough to fit into my pickle jar, but now after actually using the mixture, I definitely recommend using a much larger container. As runny liquid laundry detergent disappears really quickly. The pickle jar lasted for three washes. I will also say that after a week the mixture did get slightly clumpy, and I am yet to discover the best solution to this.
Mix it before use?
To make it, I mixed the dry ingredients together first. (baking soda, borax powder and castile soap) then added the hot water, and lastly the vinegar. Got a pretty cool foaming reaction going, so this could also be fun for people with kids. Or people who are still kids at heart and enjoy science experiments.
Overall, I am glad I experimented with making these three cleaning products. I must say I am completely converted on the vinegar, and am absolutely amazed at how consumerism has lead people to believe they need various super-depth-cleaning products separate for their sinks, toilets, surfaces, floors and tiles when vinegar does it all!
Thank you to Wellness Mama for some awesome inspiration.