DIY is the only solution I found that was truly green in every sense. When I made the decision to live more sustainably, I wanted to remove the toxic cleaning products and fragrances in my home, while I was there I also wanted to do it with minimal to no waste.
I was not really happy paying $30 for green laundry powder that still came in a plastic container, marketed as recycled plastic or recyclable. Green washing was rife and I still needed a solution for my kitchen, bathroom and rest of my home. Bicarb & Vinegar alone was not going to cut it.
I researched ingredients in commercial products and then replicated them with more natural options. In doing this I came up with a green cleaning toolkit of ingredients that I can use individually for varied purposes AND mix them to make every single cleaning product I needed in my home. I can control exactly what goes into my products and I know what they are.
I have not purchased any cleaning products other than my ingredients & sponges etc in over 4 years at the date of writing this. When I do my grocery shop I don’t get the nasty cleaning supply surprise. With the cost of dishwasher tablets alone being a small fortune, I have saved $$$ as well as the environment.
The smell of laundry powder on someone’s clothes hits me hard now and I get headaches. You think (as I did so I am not judging) that clean has a smell – well logically it can’t. How can something clean a smell and then replace it with a nice one we approve off? I call that a cover up.
So, to be safe with my ingredients and avoid extra plastic all over the place with dishwashing detergent, dishwasher tablets, cleaning sprays, oven pastes, bleach blah blah – I make it all.
“Does the cleaning power compare?” I hear you say 😊 Well the answer is yes! My green cleaning ingredient toolkit has some powerful stuff that nature has provided and using a bit of science and knowledge it is all I need to clean everything.