Gorgeously Green Homemade Products

Never fear, I’m still going strong with my gorgeously green quest. I thought I’d do a little update with some recipes of the stuff that I’ve been making myself and finding good.

Making the change to make your own products or give up using something that you love (my benefit boing concealer…waahhhh) and that works well can be difficult but I’ve found this change-over really rewarding and totally worthwhile.

Here are the things that I’m now making myself:

Laundry Detergent

I was trying Hannah’s recipe for a while but found that it lack a little bit of the stain removing power that is essential when 80% of your clothing gets snot, poo (just a little smear here and there) and spew on.  I found a different one online and have been using that recently and it seems to kick the stains a bit harder – especially on the cloth nappies.  Never have I felt as hippyish as when I used my homemade detergent on a load of cloth nappies.  SUCH a cliche.  Here’s the recipe:

1 & 1/4 cup of white vinegar

1 cup of natural borax

1 cup of soda/washing crystals

1 cup of bicarb

About 15 drops of whatever essential oil you fancy

1/4 of Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap (<- that stuff is the dogs nick nacks for LOADS of reasons – get it in your life – AND IT’S FAIR TRADE!)

You start with the vinegar and gradually mix in the rest, stirring for ages to get all the clumps out.  It turns into a harder flaky paste as it sets and a 1/4 cup of it in your load works a dream.  I also have started put vinegar in the fabric softener compartment and it really makes our clothes so soft!

Hand Soap

I’m still using the same batch in all our dispensers from the blog I did ages ago and there’s still a good half a bottle left to ration out.  Check the recipe out there.

Toothpaste

As with the first recipe of laundry detergent, I found my first go at the homemade toothpaste a bit too pasty and not really doing it for me.  I’ve experimented with the ingredients and changed some up a bit and now I use a mixture of Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap, bicarb of soda & 20 drops of peppermint essential oil.  It is really foamy and fresh and toothpasty.  YUM.

Shampoo

HUGE FAIL.  I’ve tried the only bicarb & water recipe AND the coconut milk recipe and both have left me with Kurt Cobain hair.  I have a super sensitive scalp so adding the greaseball of hair to the mix of that was not a good look.  I’m back on the old nasty-but-makes-my-hair-smell-and-feel-good kind.  Any suggestions are welcome!

Face Oil

I’ve adapted the recipe from the GG book and use this oil EVERY night.  I even ordered a proper little brown glass bottle with a pump to make it officially awesome.  I love it so much.  My version:  Fill the bottle almost full with Sweet Almond Oil, then add 5 drops of tea tree essential oil, rosemary essential oil & lavender essential oil.  Finish the bottle off with a tablespoon of Vitamin E oil and hey presto! I think if you are using a clear glass bottle for this it’s best to keep it in a dark place (drawer or something) as the sun will make the oils go funny.  No one wants funny oils.

Deodorant

After Lucy’s rave about using bicarb on her pits, I followed her lead, started using it myself and LOVE IT.  I too, am not a non-sweaty princess of a girl, so I was worried it would let me down, but it hasn’t.  Hip hip for bicarb!

I’ve also found a great line of mineral make up that I really like called ‘Fuschia’ and it’s made here in Ireland.  Score!  Their concealer rivals my beloved Benefit one and my local beautician stocks it.

Cleaners

When I can be arsed cleaning, I only just vinegar and water in a spray bottle for kitchen surfaces, bathrooms etc, and a vinegar, water & Dr. Bronner’s combo for floors.  If I need a good scrub at something, I add bicarb, or use a more abrasive scrubbing brush.

Next to tackle an urban garden.  I’ve got seeds, compost and pots and absolutely NO idea what to do with them.  Any advice would be welcome!

Have you made any green changes recently?

Mel