I Had a DIY Day – chemical free cleaning

Every now and then I have a ‘making day’. Today was one of those. I may have mentioned that I do not like using chemical based products at home if at all possible. I rarely buy household cleaning products from the supermarket. It turned me off when I started researching all the stuff that gets added into them during the manufacturing process. Including all those yummy smells. Made with chemicals. So MUCH toxic crap. Some tests have shown the air inside homes that use these products is more toxic than the outside polluted environment. That’s quite mind-blowing when you think about it.

Bicarbonate of soda and vinegar will clean and freshen drains in the kitchen, laundry and bathroom. And it’s fun watching it bubble and froth. Can you tell I’m easily entertained ? Keeping the insides of your washing machine free of scum build up is simple too and will have your machine washing happily for longer. Just run your washing machine empty except for a good dose of white vinegar. I use about a litre once every couple of months.

Sorry, I went off on a tangent. Back to the topic of this post…

For some years I have been making a shower cleaning spray that works really well. My spray bottle was empty so I made another batch. It’s a very simple recipe:

1/3 Dishwashing detergent

2/3 White Vinegar.

That’s it. Spray the shower  – tiles, walls, floor – and leave for 15 minutes or so. Then simply use a wet cloth (I use microfibre) to wipe all surfaces. And rinse off with hot water. Easiest if you have one of those flexible, removable shower thingys. I double this job by finishing off with a shower – just be careful of the slippery floor!  You might want to dry the shower screens with a glass cloth. I use one of those window washer blade thingys.

I was given a new recipe by a friend just this week for a general household cleaning spray.

It’s simply called Miracle Spray:

Dissolve 3 dstspoons of washing soda in a cup of boiling water

In a separate dish combine 1200 ml  water, 300 ml white vinegar, 60 ml dishwashing detergent, 25 ml eucalyptus oil.

Add washing soda mix to this blend. It’ll froth and bubble a bit.

Store in a bottle. Decant into spray bottle as needed.

It smells really nice. Duh – eucalyptus !

To top this making frenzy off I made myself some Micellar Water to clean my face. I have been aware that the brand I am using has additives that I would prefer not to put on my skin. Finally, I got around to googling a DIY recipe. Today, I bought the last of the ingredients I needed.

“According to board-certified dermatologist Hadley King of Skinney Medspa, micellar water is made up of micelles (tiny balls of cleansing oil molecules) suspended in soft water. “The idea is that micelles are attracted to dirt and oil, so they are able to draw out impurities without drying out the skin,” she says. Therefore, micellar water can be used as a facial wash, makeup remover and moisturizer all in one.”

This is the reciupe I used:

250 ml distilled water

1/8 tsp lecithin granules ( I could not for the life of me find liquid lecithin!)

1/2 tsp glycerin

1/2 tsp oil ( I used jojoba oil, but sweet almond is another good option)

1/2 tsp liquid Castille soap

Optional: essential oils

I used 1 drop each of frankincense, geranium and lavender as it is a good blend for any skin type. (Please make sure the essential oil is pure, organic. Personally I use Young Living oils. I know and trust their products.) 

Slightly warm the water. Add lecithin granules and allow to soak for a while. Then add the rest of the ingredients. Strain and store in a glass bottle. This is a shelf stable blend and will easily last for  a month. I have found that with  twice daily use this is about the quantity I need anyway.

Why Lecithin?

Quite simply because it is an excellent emulsifier which is why it is used as a binder in micellar water.

Why Glycerin?

Quite simply because it deeply hydrates the outer layers of skin. It has also been found to be very effective in treating dry skin. As a natural emollient it helps to keep the skin moisturised. As an added extra it is a gentle exfoliant.

Research has shown that an inclusion of glycerine within a skin care formula, keeps the skin hydrated for as long as two weeks, even after the product has been removed from the skin,

So glycerine stays on your skin working its magic, keeping skin moisturised and hydrated much longer than other humectants.

Why did I choose Jojoba Oil?

Quite simply because it most closely mimics collagen, contains proteins, minerals and is a good moisturising, healing, nourishing oil.

Why did I choose Frankincense?

Quite simply because it is nourishing for ageing skin, as well as soothing and healing

Why did I choose Geranium?

Quite simply because it smells divine. And helps to reduce wrinkles

Why did I choose Lavender?

Quite simply because it is an excellent, natural  antioxidant. It, like all the essential  oils, have an abundance of other benefits. Lavender oil is excellent for treating burns too.

(Just a note of caution – please make sure that what you have IS lavender oil, not lavandin. There is a major difference. Lavandin contains camphor and should never be used to treat burns. It will make them worse. )


© Raili Tanska

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When man is serene, the pulse of the heart flows and connects, just as pearls are joined together or like a string of red jade, then one can talk about a healthy heart.
– The Yellow Emperor’s Canon of Internal Medicine, 2500 B.C.





11 thoughts on “I Had a DIY Day – chemical free cleaning

  1. I have decided that the makers of some of our products just need to get rid of some toxic stuff so they put it into everything. Us dumb folks weren’t suppose to find out.

  2. I’m all for simplifying – I don’t like to have many tubes and pots in my bathroom, so your recipe for cleanser sounds ideal for me
    I’m sickened by some of the ingredients in proprietary products. While charities like Cancer Research UK put tons of money into private research (cancer is big business), not enough focus is placed on the prevention of cancer. It feels like a conspiracy by multinationals – get us using, and often addicted to toxic chemicals and then make tons of money “curing” us of the resulting diseases…
    We have a National Health Service over here. Millions of hard up, working people donate money to Cancer Research, not knowing that they are developing a drug which will not be available on the NHS, because it will be too expensive…
    I’ll get off my soap box now 😉

    1. It’s no different here, Jane. On a more positive note, there are many sustainable and eco-friendly solutions popping up all over the world. I’ll be posting a few videos about some today,

      1. That will be interesting. I became aware of the toxins, and the lack of sustainability, in beauty and household products, about thirty years ago, when I opened my first shop – selling cruelty-free products. A lot of companies that avoid animal testing are also ethical in other ways. Anita Roddick of Body Shop, with her clever marketing, destroyed a lot of those I supported (many of which were there long before that capitalist faker jumped on the bandwagon) but I still buy from one of the companies. And I buy Lush products. I don’t know if you have them over there. They are…. lush!

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