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#26 KirstenMc

Posted 11 June 2013 - 11:09 AM

QUOTE (ballogo @ 11/06/2013, 10:19 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I would love to make my own laundry washing detergent but they all have Borax which I haven't read up on yet.

Borax is a bit controversial. It's used as a pesticide so not great for the environment, or for your grey water if you use it. And I've read that the "mining" of borax is not great either, though I don't know much about it. On the other hand, it does help to whiten & brighten. You can make washing powder or liquid without it though, just with washing soda and soap flakes (or grated soap).

Here's a recipe for no-borax washing liquid http://frugalandthriving.com.au/2012/homem...o-borax-recipe/

#27 ballogo

Posted 11 June 2013 - 11:20 AM

QUOTE (KirstenMc @ 11/06/2013, 11:09 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Borax is a bit controversial. It's used as a pesticide so not great for the environment, or for your grey water if you use it. And I've read that the "mining" of borax is not great either, though I don't know much about it. On the other hand, it does help to whiten & brighten. You can make washing powder or liquid without it though, just with washing soda and soap flakes (or grated soap).

Here's a recipe for no-borax washing liquid http://frugalandthriving.com.au/2012/homem...o-borax-recipe/

Thanks - I might give that a go next school holidays.  What about a dishwasher detergent? I was reading up on Lectric washing soap and using vinegar as a rinse aid.

#28 KirstenMc

Posted 11 June 2013 - 11:25 AM

QUOTE (ballogo @ 11/06/2013, 11:20 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks - I might give that a go next school holidays.  What about a dishwasher detergent? I was reading up on Lectric washing soap and using vinegar as a rinse aid.

Our dishwasher's been broken for the past couple of years (!) so I haven't looked into this much. I always used vinegar which was great as a rinse aid, but I was just using earth choice, I think it was, tablets to wash. I've read about people using washing soda (Lectric) or bicarb soda, but I haven't tried them.

#29 MiSS_E

Posted 11 June 2013 - 10:00 PM

QUOTE (KirstenMc @ 11/06/2013, 07:40 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I love that you don't use most skin care products at all, but then you use nivea for deoderant - it's just figuring out what works for you, without being fundamentalist about it. I've heard a lot of people who the 'natural'/DIY deodorants don't work for, it just seems to be a personal chemistry thing.

I'm a bit of a walking contradiction like that lol. I also make most foods from scratch instead of using pre-packaged items, but I have a box of Coco Pops hidden in my cupboard for the occasional late night snack.  laugh.gif

I have tried natural deoderants but I think I am just a sweaty person! I don't drive so I walk everywhere too and in the warmer months that probably doesn't help. I'm the one huffing up to the school red faced in 40c weather while everyone else steps out of their air conditioned cars and starts whinging about how hot it is lol. If I could find a more natural alternative that keeps me from being stinky I'd use it, but in the meantime I figure the least I can do is just minimise what I can. original.gif

#30 bellajones742

Posted 28 November 2013 - 08:28 PM

Hello :) I am new to this forum but this topic is realy interesting. I strive to use only green products. The brand I am using is ENJO and I am really content. Sometimes however I don't have time to clean because I am a working mother and you know how it is - the kid, working, your husband... it is not easy all the time with all the responsabilities. So I cheat. I tried 2 months ago to hire professional oven cleaning company and what I saw is that they were using different green products. The oven was shining and they finished the cleaning faster than I usually do. So I decided to call them again and when they come I will ask what brand they are using and I will tell you :smile:

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