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Eco Home Challenge #1

May 31, 2019 0 Comments

Eco Home Challenge #1

Not only is it the launch day for our online shop, but it is also the launch day for our Eco Home Challenge. And for our first challenge, we will be creating our own Surface Spray and Window Spray

While there is a wider selection of ethical, low-tox cleaning products available than ever before, the majority of commercial products still contain toxins such as phthalates, triclosan, ammonia, chlorine and sodium hydroxide, and to top it off, are packaged in plastic. 

Creating your own products is not only kinder to the environment and your wallet, but as we all know, DIY is always so much more rewarding. 

DIY All-purpose Surface Spray

surface-spray-ingredients

You will need:

  1. 1 x Glass Bottle (400-500ml)
  2. 1 x Funnel
  3. 1 x tablespoon of Castile Soap
  4. 1 x tablespoon of Baking Soda
  5. 5 x drops of Tea Tree Oil or Eucalyptus Oil
  6. Water (preferably distilled)

Method:

Simply add the castile soap, baking soda, tea tree oil to the glass bottle, fill the rest of the bottle with the water and stir to combine. 

Ingredients:

Castile soap: Castile soap is a natural, effective cleaner that naturally contains antibacterial properties. The ideal option is to buy it in bulk from some zero-waste stores. If this isn't an option, Dr Bronner's comes in a 100% post-consumer recycled bottle. 

Baking Soda: Baking soda is a wonderful natural degreaser. 

Tea Tree Oil and Eucalyptus Oil: These essential oils are powerful natural disinfectants.  

 

DIY Window Spray

window-spray-ingredients

You will need:
  1. 1 x Glass Bottle (400-500ml)
  2. 1 x Funnel
  3. 1 x teaspoon of Castile Soap
  4. 1 x tablespoon of Cornstarch / Cornflour
  5. 1/4 cup of White Vinegar
  6. 15-20 x drops of Essential Oil (we used our Earth Spice laundry tonic)
  7. Warm water (preferably distilled) 

Method:

Simply add the castile soap, cornflour, white vinegar and essential oil to the glass bottle, fill the rest of the bottle with the warm water and stir to combine. 

Ingredients:

Castile soap: Castile soap is a natural, effective cleaner that naturally contains antibacterial properties. The ideal option is to buy it in bulk from some zero-waste stores. If this isn't an option, Dr Bronner's comes in a 100% post-consumer recycled bottle.

Cornflour: The cornflour will make the liquid look milky, but rest assured that it's this ingredient that prevents streaks, as it disrupts hydrogen bonding (the water that attracts and bonds with other water). 

 White vinegar: vinegar helps to dissolve grease, dirt and grime. 

Essential oils: Helps it smell beautiful, masks the vinegar smell and if you use oils such as tea tree or eucalyptus, they can act as natural disinfectants. 


If you don't have time to make your own cleaning products, you could look at our eco-friendly Cleaning Bundles, Cleaning Products, or alternatively, you can create your own cleaning bundle here.

We're here to support you throughout this challenge so feel free to share your results, ask questions, give suggestions and feedback etc. Tag us on social media with your results so we can share how wonderful you are on our own account.





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