Making my own cleaning products
Since reading the completely inspiring book; A Life Stripped Bare: My year trying to live ethically by Leo Hickman I’ve been keen to make some changes in my life in order to live a more sustainable, green and ethical life.
The book is an attempt to look at how we can change our Western lifestyles to show more empathy and intent in resolving a lot of the World’s problems (inequality, environment issues etc). I really would recommend it, and have reserved Hickman’s next book, The Good Life, at the library.
Anyway, my first step towards a greener lifestyle was to make my own cleaning products, mainly because my boyfriend kindly bought me bicarbonate of soda for my birthday so that I start making cleaning products.
Why create your own cleaning products?
- Boycotting multinationals: Companies who produce cleaning products,such as Protector and Gamble, have been accused of using unsafe chemical ingredients, testing on animals and lobbying against worker’s rights and labour standards.
- Better for our home: Some of the ingredients used in anti-bacterial cleaners (e.g. Triclsoan) pose more of a risk to us then the bacteria it’s killing, meaning we’re introducing poisonous chemicals into our homes.
- Better for the environment:Toxins from cleaning products are being washed down the drain, thereby effecting the environment.
- It’s cheaper.
All purpose cleaner
I’ve decided to begin by making an all purpose cleaner. I saved the bottle from an old cleaning product I had bought so that I had a spray bottle.
In a jug, I added:
- 1 cup of hot water
- 1 cup of white vinegar (a big bottle of white vinegar is £1.25 from Coop)
- 2 tablespoons Bicarbonate of Soda
- The juice from half a lemon
It’s quite fun to make as everything fizzes and it makes you feel like you’re conducting a science experiment. I left the half lemon in the mixture till the water had cooled then added the mixture to the spray bottle.
It’s worked well so far, and smells a lot better the all-purpose cleaners I’ve bought from shops.