Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Natural Cleaning and Beauty

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
500ml water
squirt dishwashing liquid
Few drops of essential oil for fragrance (optional)

Put all ingredients in a recycled plastic spray bottle.

Shower Gel

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.


Carlee said...


I was wondering what preservative you are going to use when making the shower gel. Anything with water needs a preservative because within an amount of a few days bacterial starts to grow. The shower gel you use in the recipe has a preservative in it but it's specially formulated for the amount that it was made in, so that preservative is now diluted and will not preserve properly. You only need to use .05% to 1% so adding a chemical that is less than the size of a dime can stop you from an ER visit seems like a better bet to me. They also make preservative that is paraben free as well, if you are worried about that as well.


lisajhoney said...

Thanks i didn't know that, in future then i'll stick to making the smaller amount

lisajhoney said...

I've taken the bit out of my post where i timed the amount by 4, don't want anyone getting sick.

Carlee said...

No problem Lisa I just didn't want you to get stuck with the problem of people getting sick and saying they got the recipe from you. Or you & your family getting sick.

If you want to go natural too, there are some wonderful soap sellers on etsy that make their own liquid shampoos and soaps.

If you ever want to get into making your own soap, here's a few formulas. I haven't tried these out yet because I don't have the potassium hydroxide or the take it takes to make it and I spill everything.


Carlee said...


this is just too cute!!


You make awesome felt foodies :)

lisajhoney said...

Carlee i'm very grateful for your input. What sort of place would i be able to get hold of a preservative to put in? I probably would be interested in making my own soap in the future, thanks for the link

Carapace said...

Great for you! You know, you can totally wash your hair with baking soda and vinegar,too? I've been doing that for about two months, and my hair looks fantastic!

And if your hair gets dry, try a little coconut oil for conditioner. Best antifrizz ever!:D

Carlee said...


Sorry about the delay in the response..forgot to check back in :P

Here's a a paraben and formaldehyde-free preservative:

It is suggested for usage levels at .5 - 1.5%

So it's a very little bit to be used so at 1% 1 ounce will protect around a gallon batch.

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white vinegar can clean away rust too.

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