I don't normally make new year resoloutions, but in 2010 i've decided to change the way i clean and try and make some of my own products such as washing powder, shower gel etc I want to cut down on the chemicals I use in the home plus its better for the environment and should work out heaps cheaper too. In between posting about my crafts and about other etsy sellers, i'll let you know how i get on and i'll share some tips and recipies.
Bicarbonate of soda/baking soda and white vinegar are my new best friend.
I had tea stains in my cups and in my stainless steel sink, so i sprayed some white vinegar, sprinkled some baking soda, let it fizz, then got to work with a bit of elbow grease, perfect. I then washed it down with some of my general cleaner (see below). Bicarb is a salt and alkaline which neutralises acids such as white vinegar, which releases carbon dioxide and water which penetrates stains and dissolves grease.
General Cleaner - All purpose bathroom/kitchen and woodwork cleaner
I got this out of my local paper.
1 tbsp baking/bicarb soda
1 tsp white vinegar
squirt dishwashing liquid
Few drops of essential oil for fragrance (optional)
Put all ingredients in a recycled plastic spray bottle.
I made this up last night, but haven't used it yet, it smells nice. This recipie came from
1/2 cup unscented shampoo
1/4 cup water
3/4 teaspoon salt
15 drops fragrance oil
I used vanilla extract, but you can use kiwi, raspberry, strawberry or coconut extract
Pour shampoo into a bowl and add the water, stir until well mixed. Add the salt and fragrance. I've used an old shower gel bottle to fill the mixture with
Its been kindly pointed out that the preservative in the shampoo has been diluted so the mixture should be used up straight away and not stored.
I'll let you know what its like when i've used it.
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