Creating your own antibacterial cleaning solution

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With all the panic going about the coronavirus, we have faced many questions from some of you on how to keep everything clean and virus-free. It's simple - and all you need are some humble soap flakes! Here are some simple and all-natural recipes you can try out at home. No need to hoard the supermarket for disinfectants! 

 

Multi-purpose cleaning spray

You can use make a big batch of this and store them in travel-sized spray bottles to keep your hands, mobile phones and surrounding surfaces clean! 

What you will need:

- 10g <or 2 tablespoons> of Aleppo soap flakes (this contains 20% antibacterial laurel oil)

- 500ml of hot water 

- Mixing bowl

Option to add 15-30 drops of antiseptic essential oils such as Tea tree, Lemon or Lemongrass. 

Directions:

1. Boil 500ml of water in a kettle or pot.

2. Put the soap flakes into the bowl, and pour the boiled water in - stirring till well dissolved. 

3. Add in the essential oils once the solution has cooled down slightly. Your solution is ready! Remember to shake up the bottle before spraying to ensure that you do not get a concentrated mist of essential oils. 

 

All-natural Laundry detergent

Remove odours and bacteria from your clothes with this gentle and fully vegan recipe. Do note that your wash cycle should be placed on a temperature of at least 20 degrees.

Tip: Maintain your machine well with a periodic rinse of white vinegar. 

What you will need:

- 20-30g <4-6 tablespoons> of Marseille soap flakes

- 1 litre of water

- 1 large mixing bowl

- 1 large glass bottle (to store detergent)

Option to add 1 tablespoon of baking soda & soda ash for stubborn stains. You may also add 15-30 drops of antiseptic essential oils such as Tea tree, Lemon or Lemongrass. 

Directions:

1. Boil 1 litre of water in a kettle or pot.

2. Put the soap flakes into the bowl, and pour the boiled water in - stirring till well dissolved. 

3. Add in the baking soda, soda ash and essential oils once the solution has cooled down slightly. Pour into the bottle and your solution is ready! This can be used like your regular laundry liquid and fed directly into the machine. It can also be used for hand washing fabrics.

This can be stored for 6 months. 

Do note that the soap flakes contain coconut oil, which will cause the solution to solidify slightly once it has cooled. Give the solution a little shake every time before using and it will be fine! In case you were wondering, the right consistency to look out is slightly gel-like (some say mucus!). 

Let us know if you wish for us to create a ready-mix laundry pack online or offer in bulk at our beauty kitchen. Leave a comment below! 

 

Liquid Gel hand or body wash

Easy recipe for creating your own natural hand or body wash! Great on skin and economical on the wallet too. 

What you need:

- 10-20g <2-4 tablespoons> of Aleppo/Marseille soap flakes

- 2 tablespoons of plant-based Glycerin

- 500ml of water

- Pump bottle

Option to add 15-30 drops of soothing essential oils such as Lavender, Geranium or Eucalyptus.

Directions:

1. Boil the water in a kettle or pot.

2. Put the soap flakes into the bowl, and pour the boiled water in - stirring till well dissolved. 

3. Add in the glycerin once the solution has cooled down slightly. Follow with essential oils and mix well. Pour into the bottle and your solution is ready! This can be stored for 6 months. 

Note: Do not substitute glycerin with fresh aloe vera as it will turn bad within a short period of time unless it is stored properly in the fridge. Make sure to purchase cosmetic-grade glycerin from reputable online sources. We do carry vegan glycerin and are happy to sell them by weight if you come down to our Beauty kitchen =) 

Are there any other recipes you wish to share with the community? Leave them down below! 

 

To find out more about the soap flakes, please click on the links below:

Aleppo soap flakes

Marseille soap flakes

The soap flakes can be purchased by weight in our Beauty Kitchen. Please come by with your own containers! We also offer recycled containers at $1/each. 

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