This month’s ‘Ask Kirk’ is all about how to keep your feet happy this summer! If you suffer from cracked heels, athlete’s foot or stinky trainers, this one is for you!
When I started writing this post it was to ‘hang my head in shame’ and admit that my DIY washing liquid was not all that it was cracked up to be. It seemed to be alright on lightly soiled clothing but when it came to the whites, they were becoming greyer with every wash.
Making Your Own Washing Liquid
I have been experimenting with making my own washing liquid, dishwashing liquid and dishwasher tabs for a few weeks now with varying levels of success. The washing liquid was the last of these that I tried but by far the easiest so it seems only right that I share this recipe first.
Martin likes to collect things, squirrelling them away for many a year before finally finding a use for them. It used to drive me mad when we were renting houses and moving around a lot, especially the array of water sport,s and climbing gear that we never quite had enough room for.
Over the years this ‘collecting’ has extended to tools as well. We have never had much spare money so when it came to buying tools Martin would either buy them second hand or end up purchasing something cheap from the shop which inevitably wasn’t quite up to the job. Amongst these purchases were some very rusty tools, probably a rummaged prize from someone’s garage that I am sure I was very vocal about at the time. I guess after years of my complaining it was probably time for him to prove me wrong and to do it in style by using a natural cleaning recipe to give those rusty tools a new lease of life; don’t worry the irony hasn’t been lost on me!
Now it is the turn of the natural toilet cleaner; the one cleaning product that I have put off until I had well and truly run out of excuses. The old commercial toilet cleaner finally ran out and I had promised myself that I wouldn’t buy another one. So, this was it, the final step in becoming 100 % natural on my cleaning products!
My favoured approach to cleaning has always been to buy the most powerful mould and mildew spray I could find and use it as liberally as possible. This was primarily due to laziness on my part as I could just spray it and let it deal with any mould that dared to invade our old and damp Cornish home. I’ll admit that the spray sometimes made me cough due to the toxic fumes and bleached my clothes if I sprayed it too widely but until my husband’s diagnosis it never occurred to me to use a kinder cleaning product.
Taking the plunge
I think it is fair to say that I spent a fair few weeks procrastinating before I took the plunge and decided to make my own natural cleaning products. One of the reasons for this was that I couldn’t find a ‘how to’ book that worked for me. I was already sold on the idea that I wanted to use natural cleaning products so I just wanted the basics of what I needed to buy and how to do it.
One of the first hurdles I had was deciphering some of the ingredients and where to buy them. For this reason before I share some basic recipes with you I have provided an overview of the basic ingredients, what they are and where you can get your hands on them.