I made up a few more cleaners from Wendyl Nissen's recipes in the weekend- her gorgeous peppermint paste and some lavender laundry powder. The recipes for these two products aren't on her website yet but I checked with her and she said it was fine to share them here, thanks Wendyl :)
The peppermint paste recipe was made up as a green equivalent to a cleaning paste for baths and sinks-a Jif alternative. I love Jif but after using this paste I might just be a convert- the smell alone was just lovely while cleaning and check out my gleaming tap and sink above- the things I get excited about!
Wendyl's Peppermint Paste
1 cup baking soda
1 tbsp cream of tartar
10 ml liquid castile soap - you can buy Dr Bronner's castile soap in bar and liquid form from Wendyl's website-it is used in a lot of her recipe's so you will get your money's worth!
5 ml water
1ml peppermint essential oil ( I found online that 1 ml is approximately 20 drops so my 10 mls of peppermint oil I bought for $13 should net me around 200 drops).
1. In a bowl mix together baking soda with the cream of tartar.
2. In a small jug mix liquid castile soap and water. Slowly pour into the powders and mix with a fork until you have a paste. Add more water if you need to.
3. Add peppermint essential oil and stir to combine.
4. Store in an airtight container and use to clean kitchen and bathroom sinks, baths and toilets.
Wendyl's Lavender Laundry Powder/Clay concentrate
1 cup washing soda (from supermarket or Bin Inn) or Soda Ash
1 cup baking soda
50ml of liquid castile soap
20 drops of lavender essential oil
1. Mix the baking soda and washing soda together in your food processor
2. Mix together the liquid castile soap and the essential oils in a jug. While pulsing the food processor, slowly pour in the liquid until you have a powder or clay formed. This should only take a few seconds. Do not over-mix.
3. Store in an airtight container and use about 1 tablespoon per wash. This is fine in front loaders, great for people with skin allergies and won't leave powder marks on dark clothes.
Wendyl says using washing soda will make more of a clay than using Soda Ash which will make more of a powder but I found that even using the washing soda it was still quite powdery, not as fine as bought laundry powder but not clumpy at all which was good. I tested it on a load of washing and it worked brilliantly too!
Next up is the laundry liquid- my friend made some last week and said it made heaps and worked a treat on her clothes so that's good! The recipe for the laundry liquid/detergent is here if you are keen to give it a go too. Would love to hear if you have been making any eco-cleaners too :)