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Toilet cleaner that became dishwasher powder

homemade dishwasher powder

I’m slowly building up the number of cleaning and beauty products I make at home and am always reading blogs and trying something new.  Hand soap, deodorant and dishwasher powder are the current ones I’m trying to get right. After several attempts I’m happy with this dishwasher powder recipe (you can skip the blurb, take my word that it’s easy and just scroll to the ingredients list and make it).

I didn’t start out out making dishwasher powder with this recipe – I read about a home made cleaning ‘bomb’ that you drop into the toilet bowl, wait for the fizzing to finish then scrub clean.  I love these kind of recipes, the simpler the better so I gave it a go. Continue reading


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Home made sunscreen

There are loads of diy sunscreen recipes on the internet (see some links which contain further reading below).  The reasons for making our own are to create an organic nano-particle free product that’s cheaper than buying it.  After reading all these recipes I combined a few things and came up with the recipe below.  Proof would always be in the application for me – I burn if I just think about the sun and I didn’t suffer one burn with this.  The downside – without preservatives it needs to be kept in the fridge, it’s not overly water resistant and even after rubbing it in you can still see it a bit on the skin.

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Liquid laundry detergent

Here are a couple of recipes to make your own liquid laundry detergent.  We all vaguely know it’s cheaper and better for our waterways but will they actually clean clothes and can I be bothered?  These recipes are easy once you’ve bought what you need and have cleaned the kitchen bench off to make some room.

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Green up your clean up

I’ve long been worried about the baddies in my cleaning products and have bought ‘green’ for years.  Yet it’s so easy to make your own products, as well as being cheaper.   I know alot of us want to reduce toxins in this way and it’s all the buzz in magazines and online but in reality it seemed overwhelming to me – where to start?  Also – is this hippie ‘cleaning with vinegar’ method really going to work and kill germs?  So finally I made a start on what I’d been wanting to do for ages:  my method was to attack it one thing at a time rather than being daunted by the prospect of revamping everything at once.

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