Farm­house kitchen DIY kitchen clean­ers

They’re cheaper, kinder to the en­vi­ron­ment, and they leave your home sparkling.

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Contents - WORDS JEAN MANS­FIELD

For past few months I have been ex­per­i­ment­ing with home­made soap, skin­care, hair­care and other beauty prod­ucts.

I have very care­fully made baby soap and baby laun­dry pow­der for my great nieces and neph­ews. My hus­band Dave loves the sham­poo bars, even though he doesn’t have much hair. He says it makes his scalp feel great. He did have a false start by us­ing the body but­ter that was in the bath­room, re­sult­ing in the top of his head look­ing very shiny.

Our dog Tessa suf­fers from dry, itchy skin but is now en­joy­ing a lovely dog sham­poo that re­ally helps.

I’ve made kitchen and laun­dry clean­ers, clothes wash­ing pow­der and dish­wash­ing tablets., and am ex­tremely happy with the re­sults. They per­form well when clean­ing and sani­tis­ing, are con­sid­er­ably cheaper, and I be­lieve kinder to the en­vi­ron­ment than their pur­chased equiv­a­lents too.

I’d even­tu­ally like to re­place all the clean­ing items in my home with home­made ones, and this meant find­ing a kitchen clean­ing spray and a toi­let cleaner.

When you re­place a com­mer­cially-pro­duced prod­uct for a home­made con­coc­tion it is im­por­tant that you are ac­tu­ally mak­ing some­thing that is su­pe­rior in some way, prefer­ably cheaper, bet­ter at its job or en­vi­ron­men­tally kinder. It may ben­e­fit mem­bers of your fam­ily who have skin con­di­tions or al­ler­gies. It may sim­ply be that you have the items avail­able and pre­fer mak­ing your own so you are in con­trol of the in­gre­di­ents and pro­ce­dure.

Some re­search is re­quired into the chem­i­cal sub­stances you are us­ing and where to source them cheaply. Some ex­per­i­men­ta­tion may also be re­quired with the recipes. Ul­ti­mately I have found all my home-made prod­ucts suit my lifestyle and fam­ily ad­mirably.

Best of all, they make great gifts. I per­son­alise them in some way on the pack­ag­ing or even on the item it­self. If you look on­line, you’ll find fab­u­lous, free-to-use web­sites that will cus­tomise la­bels for you with very lit­tle ef­fort.

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