A few months ago I attended a workshop to make your own non-toxic, economical household cleaning products. The test kitchen for the day was of all places, my local tip. I was blown over that this once smelly, ugly crater of a landfill that was our local dumping ground for household waste, has turned into an ecological epicentre and thriving business for sustainability, recycling and education.
Did you know that we are exposed to more toxic and hazardous chemicals from using common household cleaning products inside our homes than anywhere else? These incredibly harmful chemicals are causing many illnesses for us and our families and create tons of toxic waste which is disposed into our environment. In the past 40 years, at least 70,000 new chemicals have been released into the environment through cleaning and industrial products, with a US study revealing that its participants carried an average of 43% of these chemicals in their bodies.
There is a plethora of information out there about the harmful repercussions of chemicals in our homes, so I want go into this here. I have linked a few of our other bogs after the recipes to help you identify the toxic hazards in textiles and in your home.
To assist the health of your environment and that of your home, you can make sustainable, ecofriendly, safe and low cost cleaning products for your laundry needs, that literally take minutes. Alternatively go 100% natural and toxic free with the soap nut.
Given that we advocate certified organic cotton, dyes and threads in the production of our ethical handmade bed linen, I have included a few laundry recipes you can make easily at home, with the ingredients found in your pantry, local supermarket and health food store. It's fun and most impotently you know exactly what is in your laundry cleaners, which will provide peace of mind for you and your family's health, adding an extra shield of protection to boost your immune system. These are ideal homemade fabric care products when washing Organic Bed Threads duvet covers too!
Concentrated Washing Powder
1 bar Dr. Bonner soap grated (or use laundry soap or make your own natural soap).
1 cup bicarb (baking soda)
1 cup of washing soda
Thoroughly stir together. You can take this a step further and blend in a food processor to create a powder that will dissolve easily even in cold water. (Just be sure to let the dust settle before removing the lid of your blender so you don't inhale the fine particles.) Store in a sealed jar or container with a small scoop. Use 1/4 cup scoop for each wash.
Glass bottle with lid or cork
2 cups hot water
1 cup bicarb (baking soda)
1 cup white vinegar (will not make laundry smell vinegary, I promise).
Essential oils - lavender, lemon etc. (whatever takes you're fancy).
1. In a large bowl stir together the hot water and the baking soda.
2. Slowly add in the vinegar. It will fizz and bubble up.
3. Once it's all mixed together, store in a covered container and shake before each use (as the bicarb will not dissolve).
4. I use about 1/4 cup in the rinse cycle.
Get the low down of the hazards of the home toxins lurking within your textiles by reading our other related blogs:
HOMELIFE Magazine has a great library of old fashioned, tried and tested eco warrior cleaning advice and hacks that nanna would say work wonders: