DIY GREEN CLEANING EXPERTS

DIY Green Cleaning Ingredient Toolkit that makes everything!

Now we will look at WHAT ingredients are required to be able to make all the cleaning products you need for your home. 


sodium percarbonate

A non-chlorine natural Oxybleach which brightens, whitens & removes stains. Brilliant in the laundry but also as a heavy duty general cleaner around the home.It combines the alkali strength of Washing Soda with the disinfecting qualities of Hydrogen Peroxide.


This is the active ingredient in Napisan & other powerful stain removal products. 

washing soda

It raises the pH of water which assists in breaking up grease & grime. Strong degreaser, disinfectant & general cleaner.It raises the pH of water which assists in breaking up grease & grime & is the strongest of the sodium cousins Bicarb & Borax.


This is a very common ingredient found in most commercial cleaning products. 

borax

A builder which enhances the action of surfactants (eg soap) by softening water.  It also has moderate whitening/disinfecting power.A controversial ingredient that is often promoted as great for health if ingested, this is where majority of the ‘safety concerns’ lay. 


We don't recommend consuming it in anyway, but in terms of cleaning with it, centuries have proven its benefits.

bicarb 

Very well known with many practical uses around the home. It converts some water molecules to hydrogen peroxide providing a mild whitening/disinfecting power.A natural odour eater too!


citric acid

Made from the rinds of citrus fruits, this easily to dissolve white crystal like powder removes hard water deposits & neutralises soap scum.Making this ideal in the bathroom, as a fabric softener, disinfectant & rinse aid. 


Citric Acid is an alternative to using Vinegar. If you dilute 1 teaspoon to 1 litre water you get the same pH as Vinegar.

castile soap

There are MANY surfactants on the market – chemical companies are falling over themselves to invent new more powerful & now ‘greener’ options, because this is the function of cleaning that is vital in lifting dirt & oil. Two of the mot common are Soap & Detergent - soap is the most natural & safest option!


To be a true Castile Soap it must contain at least 80% olive oil & is completely eco & vegan friendly not to mention mild, & safe! You can use any liquid soap but be careful it's a pure soap & not a detergent. (Learn the difference here)

coconut soap

Having the same function as Castile Soap, you could also benefit from a hard soap that is grated or ground into fine flakes. This will make it easy to use & dissolve.


We recommend a Coconut Soap as it has one of the best lather & cleansing properties.

xanthan gum

Used from cosmetics to cooking, it works (& looks) very much like corn flour. It's a natural thickening agent and stabilizer which prevent ingredients from separating.Made from natural sugars & the power of fermentation.

vegetable glycerine

A by-product of the soap making process, this is a perfect emulsifier for Xanthan Gum & essential oils.Glycerine naturally absorbs moisture, making it an amazing moisturiser to use directly on your skin or in DIY beauty recipes. Warning though, it can get a bit 'sticky'

essential oils

Your natural scent & so much more! The list is endless when it come to essential oil benefits & fragrances. The most common used for cleaning purposes are Eucalyptus, Lemon, Orange, clove, pine & lavender. 

vodka

Back in the day when they did not have antiseptic (or anaesthetic for that matter) they used alcohol like Vodka.  


It makes a useful mild antiseptic spray & great to hold fragrances for your air fresheners. 

water

Distilled or demineralised water is the best if you can get it - it has a neautral pH, should have the hardness removed & be free from any contaminates. 


If you go through the products quickly you can use boiled water as an easier alternative. 

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