For over a year now, properly more closer to two years, I’ve been trying to find alternatives for cleaning products that don’t contain chemicals that I could make at home with common products that I had at home in my cupboards that I use for baking etc.
I’ve got soap nuts that I really like, but I forgot to grab the essential oil at the same time, and didn’t want to pay for extra shipping just to send out one item which the shipping would most likely be close to the cost of half the product, the bags after time about a year and a bit started to all apart, so I kinda gave up, but I was thinking about that today as what would I want to use, the first thing was Hemp, I have some Hemp dish cloths, so I might cut them up and sew them in to little bags for the soap nuts.
While I was hitting a brick wall I wanted to find other ways to have chemical free washing powder, I have tried a few recipes, a lot I found had Borax in them, that’s something I don’t really know much about, when checking it out there is different views on it weather it’s a chemical or not, so for me it was something I wanted to stay away from.
If I had to purchase things I wanted to be able to use them in making other things also, but also that I could also leave out.
I tried different recipes, one I liked one of the products at the supermarket went from $1 to $4 something so it became not economical to make.
I decided to play with the recipes I found online and add things that I had found that would help with anti bacterial and anti fungal side of things also.
After playing this is the recipe I’ve been using for the last two months after testing and adjusting it, you might want to use it as a base to try and adjust what works for you.
2x 500g Baking Soda (bicarbonate of soda) tubs
1 heaped Tablespoon of Citric Acid
1 Tablespoon of Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Optional – this is the one I use as its – Fair Trade & 100% Certified Organic also)
5-10mls Dr Bronner’s 18 in 1 Hemp Lavender Pure Castile Soap (optional – & can be any Dr Bronners Pure Castile Soaps)
5mls White Vinegar
I use the Extra Virgin Coconut Oil as it has Anti Bacterial and Anti Fungal Properties in it.
The Hemp Castile Soap has Organic Coconut Oil in it also – Hemp possess antibacterial activity against a wide range of pathogenic bacteria.
So I double dose my washing powder with Organic Coconut Oil.
White Vinegar is a great disinfectant, It also acts as a deodorizer and cuts through grease.
The Coconut Oil and the Hemp Castile Soap are both optional, if you don’t use them you might want to add 1-2 drops essential oil in so that it has a nice smell, other wise it will smell like wet washing.
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