When the weather turns fine, it’s a good opportunity to throw open the windows and get rid of the dust (and spiders!) that have been hiding in corners and cupboards all through winter. Some of our home cleaning products could be friendlier though so why not make your own! Here are two kinder cleaners that you can make at home!
Dishwasher Tablets These can contain phosphates that are hazardous to water supplies. Make your own natural dishwasher liquid and enjoy plates that sparkle for less.
Ingredients: 1/2 cup liquid castile soap 1/2 cup water 1 teaspoon lemon juice 3 drops tea tree extract 1/4 cup white vinegar
Method: Stir the water and soap together. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until blended. Transfer into a bottle for storage. Use 2 tablespoons per load. Laundry Detergent Many commercially available washing powders and detergents contain toxic chemicals like bleach that can lead to skin irritation. Ditch the detergent in a few easy moves.
Ingredients: 1 grated bar of castile soap 1/2 cup of soda crystals 1/2 cup of borax substitute
Method: Perfect for all front-loading washing machines. Stir together soap shavings and soda crystals until well combined. Decant into a container and store. Use 1 tablespoon per load (2 for heavy soils).