There are so many things that we buy from the store, without even thinking that we might be able to make them at home. Here is a list of a few everyday items that most households would buy regularly.
Most of our lives are very busy, so you might ask – Where will I find the time to make everything? The answer to this is, you don’t. You can just pick one or two and see how you go. Even just making one item you’d normally buy can help your pocket and the planet.
This is a product that I’m sure a lot of people might not think they can do without. And I’m pretty sure most people are aware it’s not the healthiest or greenest product on the market. However if this product is one you can’t do without, there’s safer and more environmentally friendly ways of making it at home.
To make 4 litres you will need –
¾ Cup 3% Hydrogen Peroxide – You can get this from most Chemists. Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) is water with one more atom of oxygen attached. It breaks down into water and oxygen. We actually produce this in our bodies, as do animals, plants and also rain water. The 3% that we are using is a very diluted amount.
¼ Cup fresh lemon juice – The citric acid in Lemon is really strong, it’s great for whitening all sorts, including clothes and your teeth!
5-15 drops lemon essential oil – This oil is great, it’s an antiseptic, antifungal and antiviral. It removes mildew and unwanted smells.
Directions – Add Hydrogen Peroxide and lemon juice to a bottle big enough for 4 litres (you can split it into two if that helps), fill bottle up with water and drop the oil in on the top.
This bleach is colour safe and can be used as a pre-soak. It’s also great in the bathroom too.
This is incredibly easy and cheap to make, you will more than likely have all the ingredients at home already.
You’ll need a spray bottle that will hold 2.5 - 3 cups.
½ Cup white vinegar - The acetic acid in vinegar is really good at killing bacteria and germs. It dissolves mineral build up and deodorizes.
10-20 drops Tea tree oil – Tea tree oil is an essential for every household; the uses for it go on and on. Tea tree is an anti-fungal and can kill staphylococcus, e-coli, shigella and salmonella.
1 teaspoon washing soda or liquid dish soap – Either of these two adds a bit more cleaning power, however they are optional.
2 cups hot water - The reason for using hot water is to dissolves either the washing soda or the liquid soap. I’d still use at least warm water even if you were not using the soda or soap. Warm water will mix in with the vinegar better.
Directions – Simply add all the ingredients to a spray bottle and shake it up.
Most hand soaps you buy are full of chemicals; these are being absorbed into your skin but also going straight into the ocean.
Here is a quick and environmentally friendly recipe that will cost you next to nothing, and last you a LONG, LONG time!
This will make 4 litres, if you want to make less adjust amounts accordingly.
1 bar of Castle soap – Castile soap is environmentally friendly because it’s made from plant oils, it’s free from all the artificial foaming agent, harsh cleansers, chemical anti bacterial agent and so much more. It’s also a biodegradable product.
4 litres of distilled or boiled water – The reason for the water being distilled or boiled, is to make sure any bacteria in the water are killed off.
Essential oil of your choice – Tea tree, lemon and Peppermint are all anti bacterial. Geranium, Jasmine and Lavender and great for sensitive skin.
Directions – All you need to do is grate the soap (either with a hand held grater or in the food processer), add the water to a large pan and heat up, then add the soap and stir until dissolved. Drop in the oil you have chosen until you get the desired smell. Let it cool overnight, at least 12 hours. You’ll be surprised at how much it thickens up! Then add to your dispenser and storage bottles.
We all like to have a house that smells nice, not to mention a bathroom! I’ve never been a fan of air fresheners, they never actually smell like ‘Ocean spray’ or ‘Meadow fresh’, there’s always an undertone of chemical and that can’t be good. We spray these chemical-laden products into the air we breathe, without really thinking about the affects on us.
1 cup of distilled or boiled water – As described above, we use distilled or boiled and then cooled water, to kill off any bacteria in the water.
Essential oil of your choice – This really is all down to what you like the smell of. You can choose just one or mix a few together and see what you get!
Directions - This almost doesn’t need a directions part. All that’s needed is to pour the water into a spray bottle, and add the oil/s to the water. You can add as little or as much oil as you want, the more oil the stronger the smell.