In this months Guest Blog we hear from Kerstin Pfeifer.

Kerstin recently published a guide on how to create your own cleaning products using just what's in your cupboards at home. I think it fits in perfectly with being environmentally friendly and sustainable - this months facebook topic! Over to you Kerstin:

As a mother I am very passionate about the problems with man-made chemicals being used in our daily products. Cleaning products, crèmes, and even processed food bring substances into our homes and bodies that we really wouldn’t want there - if we knew about them!

But many companies are cheeky, hiding ingredients behind long and complicated names so we don’t even consider questioning them. My biggest concern is that it doesn’t take “Benzisothiazolinone” (I have no clue what that even is!) to clean your laundry or “Methylisothiazolinone” to wash your dishes and yet they are still common ingredients in more cleaning products around our homes.

I started to collect recipes and created a guide to help others to get access to easy recipes to clean their homes and laundry.

In my guide I share with you what your grandmother and great-grandmother probably knew. You can have a clean and safe home with nothing but natural products by using ingredients you usually stock in your kitchen cupboard.

Laundry for example has always been my biggest challenge when it comes to using natural products. Having a small child means lots of laundry, lots of stains not knowing what they are and how they happened. So it took me quite a while to go through all the tips and tricks online to figure out that there is only one ingredient in my house that works for all the stains – but you have to be quick. It is a lot harder to get them out once they are dried and have been in the fabric for a couple of days.

The easiest way to remove stains is baking powder. Mix it with a bit of water and rub it on the stains with a tooth brush. Leave it for about 30 minutes then wash it. It works a treat on your whites especially. I remember the first time I used baking powder for my whites. I was amazed by the results. No other bleaching laundry liquid ever had the same results on my white clothes.

The easiest way to remove stains is baking powder!

Mix it with a bit of water and rub it on the stains with a tooth brush. Leave it for about 30 minutes then wash it. It works a treat on your whites especially. I remember the first time I used baking powder for my whites. I was amazed by the results. No other bleaching laundry liquid ever had the same results on my white clothes.

The great thing about baking powder is it has an antibacterial effect on your clothes as well. So it doesn’t just remove stain, it also makes sure your clothes are germ-free.

Laundry liquid contains mostly surfactants. These can be found in nature as well, like in chestnuts. So it’s actually very easy to make your own laundry liquid. You can collect them in autumn and keep them for a year in a cold, dry place. Just don’t keep them in a plastic bag as they will grow mould on them.

Use it like you’d use any laundry liquid. If your laundry is really dirty you might want to add a tablespoon of baking soda to your detergent. Your laundry will smell completely neutral. If you prefer it to have a lovely smell you can add essential oils to your detergent. I use baking powder a lot in other recipies too.

If you'd like to download a copy of Kerstin's booklet - Natural Home Cleaning - Your Exo-Friendly Cleaning Guide - you can do so on this link

Kerstin Pfeifer lives with her husband, daughter and little dog in Cheshire. She loves being outside exploring nature but also enjoys taking care of her family with home-cooked meals. Since January 2020 Kerstin and her family are vegans.