sarah's own natural garden

updates from our lifestyle block – gardening, chickens, green cleaning and more

Green cleaning

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.

Step one: go to Bin Inn (or bulk store) and buy stuff –
washing soda – 1kg
borax – 1kg
baking soda – 500g
bars of sunlight soap
vinegar – 1 lt

Step two: make something. The thing we probably use the most of is laundry detergent so this is a good place to start. Here’s a powdered and a liquid option. I prefer the liquid because I often use a cold water wash and having the detergent pre-dissolved (liquid) seems to work better.

Step three:

Feel smug that you made something! Plus saving money, even if it did take three hours. The next time you make it will be quicker I promise.

Step four: 

Keep it going.  I’m not claiming anything new:  there are loads of us reverting back to making our own products, all using the same basic ingredients and steps.  Have a look at some of my posts under Making my own cleaning and beauty products for more things I’ve made – they’re all simple and we can all do them.  I’ve got links to women who are inspiring in what they do.

For me I found it helpful to make a monthly goal – each month I would have something I wanted to achieve, however small or large and work towards getting that done.  Once I tried making things I realised how simple they were and I could continue on with making them.  I hope you can too.