You’re all about saving the world – even if it takes superhero-like effort: Switch to organic soap nuts. Yes, they’re a thing.
Pretty Much Captain Planet Make your own deodorant
Spray deodorants contain hydrocarbons and compressed gases that are notorious for contributing to global warming. Instead of killing the environment just so that you can smell good, make your own deodorant with this simple fouringredient recipe.
2 tbsp baking soda 2 tbsp cornstarch 4 tbsp coconut oil A few drops of essential oil such as lavender
WHAT TO DO
1. Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl.
2. Transfer the mixture into a small jar and refrigerate for 15min.
3. Remove it from the fridge.
4. To use it, just scoop a bit of the paste out of the container and apply directly to your skin.
Get hands-on with your own bar soap
To make soap from scratch in Singapore, you need a proper industrial space and licence. But you can still make eco-friendly soaps at home with melt-and-pour soap bases made of natural plantbased ingredients. These are available from online marketplaces like Qoo10. Susan Tann from Artisan’s Garden SG shares her simple recipe.
1 block melt-andpour soap base
1.5-2ml skin-safe colouring
1.5-2ml fragrance or essential oil
WHAT TO DO
1. Cut the soap base into cubes and weigh out 100g.
2. Double-boil the cubes to melt them (place them in a smaller pot within a bigger pot of water).
3. Add colouring and fragrance or essential oil. Stir well. Pour into a mould to set. Spritz with rubbing alcohol to get rid of bubbles.
4. After mastering this basic method, you can layer colours and add herbs or flowers.
Do away with that big bottle of laundry detergent
Soap nuts are dried fruit which have natural soap compounds that act like detergent. Just drop a handful into a bottle of hot water and shake. You’ll get a liquid that you can pour into your washing machine.
≥ You can buy a 500g bag for $23 from www. thediysecrets.com.