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Room by room, let's compare commercial cleaning products to more safer greener alternatives. 

kitchen

Dishwashing Detergent

Soap & Detergent are not the same thing. A pure soap is biodegradable, made from natural ingredients & been around for centuries. Detergents on the other hands are chemical surfactants, harmful to the environment & less than a century old. 


Some alternatives:

- Liquid Castile Soap

1. You can simply use Liquid Castile Soap direct from the bottle as is.

If you like you can scent it with essential oils & thicken it with saline solution 


2. Make your own dishwashing liquid. 

By diluting the Liquid Castile Soap you will be able to make it last longer, however it will be rather thin & runny. You can thicken it with xanthan gum & add additional soap flakes for more lather. >> get dishwashing liquid recipe  



This is most effective when it's lathered onto a sponge with warm/hot water. Great for when your washing a few items by hand. If you are filling up a sink you are better of using the Dish Powder or Soap Bar.

- Pure Soap Bar/Flakes

This is the way people washes dishes before detergents were born, using good old soap.


1. Lather up a sponge with a soap bar

Just like washing your hands, just hold a sponge & lather it up. This is great for washing a few items by hand.


2. Lather up a sink of warm/hot water

You can use a soap cage, an old stocking or the greatest device of all - your hand! Simply 'swish' the soap back & forward in the sink until you have soapy water. 


3. Use Soap Flakes

A more tidy option than a wet soap bar is to keep some soap flakes in a jar & just sprinkle in the sink or on the sponge as required. 


You can make your soap from scratch, use a melt/pour method or simply purchase already made. Its recommended to buy from a local soap maker & support handmade where possible. Try avoid palm oil & check the ingredients of the soap to make sure it's all natural.  


The best type of soap to use on your body is a personal preference & depends on how sensitive your skin is. When it comes to cleaning surfaces, clothes etc a pure coconut soap is a winner due to the cleansing qualities of coconut oil.


- DIY Dish Powder

There are no hard & fast when it comes to DIY Dish Powder - there are a number of ingredients you can use & the exact proportions used may/may not make a huge difference. However, each ingredient varies in strength, you would not need as much washing soda compared to bicarb for the same cleaning job. 


Ingredients you can use:

I personally only the top 3 ingredients on the list & also use it for my dishwasher tablets. To grab my recipe click here


Dishwasher Tablets

There can be over 30 ingredients crammed into a tiny dishwasher tablet & they don't come without expense. Expense to the environment, our health & hip pockets.


Here are some DIY alternatives you might like to try.


- DIY Dish Powder

- DIY Dishwasher Tablets

This is simply a matter of turning the DIY Dish Powder mix above into tablets using an ice cube tray. Here you need to add something to gel the ingredients together, then you compress them into your tray until they set hard.


1) Set using water

Add 1-2 tablespoons at a time.  The water will tend to congregate & soak into spots, so spread it through with the back of the spoon before you add more. The mixture is ready when it holds together & resembles wet sand. 


2) Set using water & sodium silicate

Sodium Silicate looks like glue & is made from sand & bicarb. It helps combine the ingredients as well as assist in other ways like as a corrosion inhibitor. Here I mix approx 1 tablespoon of sodium silicate solution to approx 50ml (1/5 cup) water & then spoon that mixture in 1-2 tablespoons at a time (just like using the plain water above)


You can also add essential oils to either solution :-)


Dishwasher Rinse Aid

If you are using DIY Dishwasher tablets it is really important that you use some sort of Rinse Aid solution to not only get the best results - but to also help neautralise soap scum & prevent build up.


Here we are looking for an acidic solution (pH < 7) such as


- White Vinegar

Simply pour some vinegar in the rinse aid compartment of your dishwasher. Do not dilute it down with water as it is already diluted. I suggest using the edible white vinegar you find next to the balsamic & apple cider vinegar - as this is made from fermenting natural grains as opposed to cleaning vinegar which is acetic acid mixed with water.

- Citric Acid

As an alternative to straight vinegar, you can use also citric acid. Dilute 1 teaspoon in a cup of water & use some of that to fill your rinse aid compartment. This should generate the same pH as Vinegar of around 2. 


Multi Purpose Spray

Most commercial sprays contain fragrance to manipulate you into thinking it's cleaning. They also are 80-90% water along with some potential nasty surfactants. Not to mention single use plastic bottles & trigger sprays - what a waste!


You really only need 2 cleaning sprays that can cover all areas of the home. They are both quicker & easier to make than a cup of tea & the ingredients super safe & effective.

- DIY Multi Purpose Spray

This multi purpose spray is simple, effective, nice smelling & plastic free. It's safe to use on all surfaces and only requires a couple ingredients. To make 500ml all you need is:


- 1/5th cup (50ml) Liquid Castile Soap

- 450ml (just under 2 cups) Water 

- 20-25 drops of Essential Oils 

- Refillable Trigger Spray Bottle


* The essential oils are optional but highly recommended for better performance & some natural fragrance.

- Window & Glass Cleaner

This is even easier than the Multi Purpose Spray as it's just a matter of filling up a trigger spray bottle with white vinegar - that's it!


There is no need to dilute the vinegar as your aim is to remove water marks & streaks, not cause them! 


You can go all fancy & add citrus rinds to infuse with your vinegar or add essential oils - but it's not imperative to the cleaning action :-)


Don't worry the smell of vinegar will dissipate quickly.


TIP:  This is a great spray to remove soap scum in the bathroom, but test first as Vinegar can etch/stain porous surfaces.



Oven Cleaner

I'm surprised some of these oven cleaners are allowed to be sold - you basically need to evacuate the house & return with hazmat suites.


All you need to clean your oven without losing a lung is:


- Laundry Butter Cleaning Paste

By now you have seen this Cleaning Paste can be used for a few things in the kitchen. This also includes the good old oven :-)  


To learn the best & easiest way to clean your oven check out this guide

"How to clean your oven without suffocating"

laundry

Laundry Liquid

A commercial laundry liquid is normally 80%-90% water & the rest surfactants, stabilisers, preservatives & fragrance.


You can replace laundry liquid with

- Liquid Castile Soap

Use undiluted as it will dilute in the wash water. Use approx 25-40ml for a load depending on size.


You can add essential oils to the Castile Soap or even direct in the wash

- Laundry Butter Cleaning Paste

By now you have seen this Cleaning Paste can be used for a few things in the kitchen. This also includes the good old oven :-)  


To learn the best & easiest way to clean your oven check out this guide

"How to clean your oven without suffocating"


Laundry Powder

A commercial laundry liquid is normally 80%-90% water & the rest surfactants, stabilisers, preservatives & fragrance.


You can replace laundry liquid with

- DIY Laundry Powder

It's a matter of a combination or all of the alkaline powder ingredients to get a blend that works best for you.


If you have hard water you may need to add less soap & more Washing Soda, Borax or Bicarb. If you have softener water you can use more soap.


Here is a recipe that you might like:


- Laundry Butter Cleaning Paste

Fabric Softeners

When your towels & clothes come out stiff, this is a result of soap scum residue from the detergent. The way to counteract this is with an acidic solution like Vinegar or Citric Acid.


- Vinegar

Use approx 1/4 cup per load & essential oils are recommended.


- Citric Acid

Simply use 1-2 teaspoons in the Rinse Cycle. You can add this direct or diluted to the fabric softener compartment in your washing machine. Again Essential Oils recommended.


Stain Removal

When your towels & clothes come out stiff, this is a result of soap scum residue from the detergent. The way to counteract this is with an acidic solution like Vinegar or Citric Acid.


- Crystal Clear Sodium Percabonate

Needs heat to activate

-  Laundry Butter Cleaning Paste

You can supercharge it to


Delicate/ Wool Wash

The key here is to try and have a pH range between 8-9. This will give you enough alkai to clean but won't be too harsh. 

- Soap on its own

Can be liquid Castile Soap or powdered soap flakes like our Organic Coconut Soap. A small amount of essential oils 3-4 drops is also recommended

-  Soap & Bicarb

Do a 50/50 mix of Bicarb & powder soap Flakes

Add approx 1 teaspoon of bicarb to 30ml of Castile Soap. Don't pre-mix this, just add them both into the washing machine or detergent compartment at time of washing. Otherwise your mixture will crystalise.

bathroom

Toilet Cleaner

There are a few parts to toilet cleaning - cleaning the 'mess', removing hard water deposits & disinfecting.

- Soap Solution

Soap & water (multipurpose spray) , Laundry Butter

-  Acid solution

Thicken citric acid or vinegar solution with xanthan gum. Add essential oils


Air Freshener

There are a few parts to toilet cleaning - cleaning the 'mess', removing hard water deposits & disinfecting.

- DIY Air Freshener

coming soon

-  Toilet Fizzies

coming soon


Bathroom Sprays

You just need 2 types of sprays to cover your whole home. Be careful with Mould killers....

- Multi Purpose SPray

coming soon

- Vinegar Spray

coming soon


Disinfecting & Bleach

Avoid chlorine bleach & use the power of oxybleach

- Hydrogen Peroxide

coming soon

- Crystal Clear Sodium Percarbonate

coming soon

rest of the home

Floor Cleaners

Avoid chlorine bleach & use the power of oxybleach

- Castile Soap

coming soon

- Vinegar

coming soon


Carpet & Fabric Fresheners

Avoid chlorine bleach & use the power of oxybleach

- DIY Linen Spray

coming soon

- DIY Carpet Freshener

coming soon


BBQ Cleaners & Degreasers

Avoid chlorine bleach & use the power of oxybleach

- Laundry Butter Cleaning Paste

coming soon

- Multi Purpose Spray

coming soon