Updated: Oct 4, 2020
So I have been on and off over the past two years been trying to start our journey into ridding toxins from our home. One thing and another has come up and after much reading, research and testing recipes I finally started the journey this past week.
Over the years as I have learnt about the Carcinogenic properties of chemicals lurking in products we use every day, which we put on our clothes, on our skin, in the air into our homes - I have known that we need to make a change, not only for our long term health but for the environment too. So over the next weeks and months as I ‘ditch and switch’ my store bought products I have some goals I would like to achieve;
Make my own natural cleaning and laundry products which are toxin free and kinder to the environment.
Replace my love of air fresheners with homemade solutions (I already make my own candles) Use essential oils as part of our daily rhythm to promote mindfulness, balance hormones and boost immunity when used regularly.
Make our own skincare and haircare products.
Reduce plastic waste in my home
Alongside this I am also introducing more superfoods into our diet, we eat mostly vegetarian food but do still eat meat from time to time. I cant honestly ever see us giving up meat, but i am certainly conscious that we buy it from a local butcher from locally farmed meat and only consume meat once or twice a week at most.
My first serious make for a less toxic home
So I have been using my new homemade laundry powder and fabric softener for over a week now, it works great, has worked on heavily soiled items from the little one (grass stains, pasta sauce stains etc) and has left clothes smelling naturally fresh and feeling clean. I am so happy with the results and at around 10 pence per wash its a winner. Here is how I made them.
Washing Powder (fills a 1.8l jar)
1kg Soda Crystals
2 Bars of Soap (I used a natural Castile Soap made with olive oil, you could use any other natural un-scented pure soap)
10 drops of lemon essential oil
Simply grate the soap, I used a food processor, add the soda crystals to the bowl of grated soap and oil and mix, store in a jar and add a heaped tablespoon to each wash - a little more if a large wash or heavily soiled if needed.
Fabric Softener (fills a 1.8l jar)
1.5litre of White Vinegar
20 drops of lemon essential oil or any other oil you wish.
Simply pour the vinegar in the jar, add the oil to the top, shake well before each use, I add a 1/4 cup of this to my washing machine drawer.
Clothers come out with a fresh scent (no vinegar smell!) I do like clothes to be a little scented so this weekend I will be making some wool dryer balls which will hold essential oils, great for their winter month using the dryer and they help speed up drying time so they save energy too. Ill post when done.
If you haven’t tried washing powder and softner have a go at this and make the switch, you won't regret it and it feels so good knowing you are helping the environment.