More tricks of the trade on making your own home made products
by Bronwyn Slater
Baking soda can be used as a laundry detergent. Add half to 1 cup of baking soda to your machine (depending on the size of the load) in the same way you would use detergent. I used baking soda recently to wash clothes and I was very happy with the results. Baking soda can also be used to pre-treat stains and whiten clothes. Check out this short video.
These are not a home made product as such, but soap nuts are a natural laundry detergent. They are literally dried soap berries. The soap berry is a subtropical plant normally grown in India or China and it contains natural saponins. Boxes of soapnuts can be bought at your local health or whole food store, and usually come with a small drawstring cloth bag. Put 5 or 6 nuts into the bag, tie securely and add to the tub along with your clothes. I’ve used soap nuts many times in the past and found them quite good at getting the laundry clean, but it is important they don’t escape from the bag or they could stain your clothes. The nuts can be reused a few times.
Check out this short video.
Personal Care Products
Coconut oil mixed with a little baking soda works well as a deodorant. Coconut oil in its solid form has a similar consistency to stick deodorant. To make it more solid you can add arrowroot powder. You can add essential oils to the mix as well, if you wish. This short video shows how it works.
Mix one part organic raw apple cider vinegar and 2 parts distilled or filtered water. (Add a few drops of witch hazel or essential oil also if you like). Shake to combine the mixture and apply to your face as normal.
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