In this article we will talk about how to make some household products, i.e. house cleaning stuff.
If you ever searched for formulas online for making a surface cleanser or a dishsoap or other household cleaning products, you will probably have found any kind of weird stuff made with “100% natural ingredients” that go from lemons to baking soda to whatever you can find in the kitchen.
Let’s be honest: that’s all bullshit.
If you want to clean the surfaces of your house, you need to use a product that (i) contains something able to clean, and (ii) that does not become the home to billions of bacteria and mold in two weeks. In other words, you NEED TO USE THOSE F**ING CHEMICALS. This does not mean that your house cleaning products will be harmful. Using a cleaning product that contains a surfactant and a preservative (or has a pH low or high enough that it’s microbiologically stable anyway) is much less harmful than using a viscid mixture of rotten lemons.
Remember my “low waste bathroom“ from some time ago? I was very proud of that picture, since it took me months of getting rid of old products and testing new formulations before I could get there.
However, in the months that followed I encountered a more or less unexpected problem: time. As you have seen from my disappearance from every channel – including this blog – after I started my new job my free time became almost zero and with it, also my will to spend entire afternoons making cosmetics. On the top of that, I became a bit suspicious concerning the microbiological stability of self made cosmetics containing water. All this brought me to the need for a more minimalistic cosmetic routine, which would allow me to spend only little time making stuff and at the same time having less and less packaging around.
So, here is how my (and my husband’s) bathroom closets look like today.
Here you can find the first solid cleanser. In this updated version I only changed the type of clay and the functional ingredients. And I took a better picture 😀
I also started to put all the ingredients that have to be heated in the same beaker, instead of splitting them into “surfactants” and “fats”. Nothing really changes and you can save time and energy (you have to wash one beaker less).
Here is an updated version of my gel toner. I like to use it in summer, when sometimes I don’t really feel like using a cream, and sometimes I use it right after having cleansed my face, before I put the cream in the evening.
I’ve been using this gel serum for a while and finally I’m ready to share the formula. This serum is an aqueous gel containing the usual hydrating ingredients that I use in my face creams, but much more concentrated. I use just a drop or two after my weekly face cleansing.
I spent the last weeks experimenting with emulsions and emulsifiers, because my skin kind of changed its preferences and needs lately.
Methylglucose sesquistearate-based emulsions started to feel too waxy for me and I was looking for something moisturizing and light at the same time. I enjoy using hydrogels and especially my last version of the gel toner, but I also like emulsions and fluids, so… I decided to try with lecithin-based emulsions.
Here is a lip balm I made recently with a very particular functional ingredient: the Barriereschutzbasis (“barrier protection base”) by Heike Käser. The Barriereschutzbasis is a preparation that you can make on your own and use as if it were a functional ingredient, at 1-5% use level in your creams or lip balms.