Household products made from natural ingredients? What’s not to love with commercially-made detergents packed full of needless perfumes and chemicals.
Those ingredients labeled as containing ‘fragrance’ or ‘parfum’ contain dozens of different chemicals, including compounds such as phthalates and synthetic musks which interfere with the hormones in your body. Fragrance-free or naturally fragranced really is best for a number of reasons. If you prefer to use scentred products essential oils are a great alternative for household products made from natural ingredients.
The Household Products Made From Natural Ingredients in this blog feature because they can save you money, are kinder to your health and to the environment. “Greater quantities [of pharmaceutical products, detergents, cosmetics…and their metabolites (ingredients)]” are discharged into sewers from domestic premises than from the premises manufacturing them”. A.M Gower was ahead of his when he wrote this in 1980.
Bicarbonate of Soda
Sprinkle Bicarbonate of Soda on your carpets before vacuuming and into the bottom of kitchen and rubbish bins to neutralize odors. Bicarbonate of Soda is also a good scourer for sinks, baths, ovens and kitchen work surfaces. You can buy 5kg bags relatively cheaply from most Chinese supermarkets.
Borax Substitute is a mineral compound with a similar pH to Borax and is made from Sodium Sesquicarbonate. It has the same cleaning/laundry uses as Soda Crystals, but you get even more for your money!
Soda Crystals are great for stubborn stains and really cheap! When using Soda Crystals, wear gloves and rinse really well because whilst washing soda is a natural mineral it’s also caustic. If you prefer a gentler alternative, opt for Borax or Borax substitute as it’s stronger than Bicarbonate of Soda.
Distilled White Vinegar
Great all-purpose cleaner which disinfects, de-odorizes and dissolves hard water scale. You can buy distilled white vinegar in 5l bottles as a four-pack on Amazon (£3.20 per 5l /32p per 500ml bottle) vs £5.00 per 5l in the Chinese supermarket. It’s great for tea stains too!
Lemon juice will cut through grease, polish metal, lighten stains, scrub fruit & veg and remove glue. This natural cleaner is also really effective at freshening up laundry, cleaning windows and shower screens. Oh, and it makes a great fabric conditioner.