Sunday, August 30, 2009

More Homemade Cleanser Recipes

After reading this article- link- I was very disappointed to learn that one of my favorite companies, Burt's Bees, was owned by one of the most un-environmentally friendly companies around- Clorox. I suppose I should have known: products that used to be found at out of the way, small shops could now be found at commercial giants such as CVS and even Wal-Mart. Is nothing sacred anymore?

In response, I thought I'd post a couple more recipes for things I can make on my own. I have a terrible habit of jotting things down on pieces of scrap paper and then losing them, so this will at least ensure that I can find the recipes down the road when I need them.

A dear friend swears by a recipe of brushing her teeth with baking soda, then mashed strawberries for sparkly white teeth, which her Nana taught her to do. Can't wait to try it!

Homemade Toothpaste
6 tsp baking soda
4 tsp vegetable glycerine (available at Whole Foods)
1/3 tsp salt
15 drops peppermint extract
Mix all ingredients.
I may try adding a few drops of oregano oil, which has antibacterial properties.

Homemade Deodorant
2-3 Tbs unrefined Coconut oil
1/8 c baking soda
1/8 cup cornstarch or arrowroot powder
Mix dry ingredients and add to melted coconut oil; Pour into glass jar or old deodorant container.

And here's a recipe for another household cleaner:

Toilet Bowl Cleaner
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup vinegar.
Let soak 15 minutes in toilet bowl and scrub as usual.

I can't believe how much money we've been saving since I started making most of our household cleaners. On top of that, they're much more environmentally friendly. As we use the store bought ones up I'm replacing them with the ones I've made. Maybe I'm a total egoist but I actually think mine work better!

1 comment:

environmental fiend said...

Just one thing about the Burt's b/c this is a company that I know a lot about and is near and dear to my heart. Yes, they were purchased by Clorox a couple of years ago and yes it was partly so Clorox could have some environmentalness to brag about. BUT, they have largely left Burt's to be autonomous. So while Burt's does have more capital at their disposal (noticed all their new products too?) they still have very strict and high environmental standards for their entire business.

That being said, it is bitter-sweet when a good small company goes corporate: More people are exposed to a good product, but something is lost about the company being small and local. And that is a pretty big deal to the environmentally minded of us. Side note: I sort of get a free pass on this since it is still made here :)

Anyway, I totally get wanting to move away from their stuff. And I certainly respect you searching out other local/organic/earth friendly companies. But some of their stuff is very hard to beat!