Natural powder. Natural cleaning and cleansing powders and other products to use in the home. These have less to no chemicals compared to conventional cleaning products that are natural, safe for you, your family and the environment. Natural powders and other products for home use.
Arrowroot flour or starch is a plant (Maranta arundinacea) made from the root and rhizome (underground stem). It is believed to aid in diarrhoea, relieves nausea and improves gum health therefore good for teething in babies. It is a good source of potassium, iron and vitamin B.
Arrowroot is extracted without using high heat or harsh chemicals. It is tasteless and used as a thickener. It softens the skin, moisturizes and promotes scar healing. A natural deodorant as it reduces odours and helps to eliminate toxins.
Natural powder: Bentonite clay:
Bentonite clay is a natural powder derived from volcanic ash that is rich in nutrients such as magnesium, silica, sodium, calcium, iron, copper and potassium.
It detoxifies the skin and draws out impurities and detoxifies.
A great absorbent as well. Bentonite clay is believed to improve teeth and gum health, therefore, can be added or used as natural toothpaste. Good for sensitive skin and eczema.
Can also be used as a natural deodorant. And may help relieve diaper rash. Be careful to use Bentonite clay from a reputable natural brand as others may contain heavy metals.
Citric acid (Natural powder):
Citric acid is a disinfectant against bacteria and viruses. Natural Citric acid is derived from citrus fruits: lemons, oranges, lime, grapefruit and tangerines. It is a preservative. Used greatly for removing soap scum, rust and hard water stains. Citric acid boosts energy and increases absorption.
Please note that there are synthetic versions of citric acid, but the natural version comes from citrus fruits.
Cacao powder vs cocoa powder:
Both products come from the cacao plant and its seeds. Cacao powder is made through cold pressing non-roasted cacao beans. Cocoa powder is raw cacao that has been roasted at high temperatures plus added sugar.
Which means that Cacao powder is raw and unrefined compared to cocoa powder. Cocoa powder is cheaper than Cacao powder. Cacao powder contains the natural antioxidants and nutrients like magnesium, iron and potassium from the beans and enzymes. It is said to have anti-aging properties improve blood vessel health.
Cacao powder boosts hair growth and repair. While improving skin complexion, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging. Therefore, add cacao powder to your hair and skin remedies for its added benefits plus its edible and healthy.
Cornflour aka corn starch is a gluten free product. Magnesium and iron act as digestive aids. It is tasteless and a natural thickener. And is extracted from the endosperm of maize kernels. It contains oil absorbing and cleansing properties which make it great for oily skin and acne prone skin.
Good as a baby powder and as a replacement for arrowroot powder.
Corn starch is flammable. You may add corn flour to various skin masks for uplifting, beautifying and complexion repair on skin. Also acting as a good sunburn soother.
Corn starch is a grease, blood, ink stain remover on clothing. Cleans silver and windows, shines and polishes wooden furniture and vehicles. As well as acting as a soft scouring scrub and absorbing smells and odours.
Natural powder: Cream of Tartar:
Cream of Tartar (potassium hydrogen tatrate) contains high potassium levels and is a stabilizing agent. It is added to candles to give them a creamier texture. When mixed with baking soda, it becomes baking powder. It is alkaline and helps keep the pH levels on skin. Cream of Tartar is a bleach alternative. Mix with vinegar to make bleach.
It is a non-abrasive cleaner. When added to glycerine in a spray bottle, it becomes a homemade laundry stain remover. Good for Mildew removing, stainless steel and copper cleaner, drain cleaner, porcelain tubs and sinks shine, cloth whitening, ink stain repellent and an ant repellent.
I stumbled on Diatomaceous earth (food grade) when researching for my post on natural ways to deter ants in the home: https://mrschettylifestyle.co.za/ants/. It is an organic sand digestive detoxifier and a powerful trace mineral supplement. It contains concentrated silica and is a natural cleanser. It is believed to promote and improve hair, bone, skin and nail health.
Diatomaceous earth is mined and consists of fossilized algae. It is a natural insecticide and This food grade is approved by the FDA. Please note that Diatomaceous earth comes in food grade can be consumed (safe for humans) which has less silica elements and filter grade which has more silica should not be consumed (not safe for humans). Do not consume on a long-term basis.
Diatomaceous Earth is a good all-purpose cleaner, assists in teeth whitening, deodorizer and absorbs odor.
Oatmeal is rich in antioxidants, gluten-free and contains important vitamins, minerals and fiber (Magnesium, Copper, Vitamin B1, B5, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorous, Folate and Manganese). Oats are whole grains known as Avena sativa. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-itch properties. Good for sensitive skin and eczema. Eases irritations such as diaper rash and constipation.
Oxygenated bleach is considered as eco-friendly because it contains sodium percarbonate with the by-product soda ash. It acts as a stain removal. When it comes in contact to water it releases oxygen that breakdown stains, dirt and germs. It is safe on coloured clothing and carpets.
Natural Soap nuts powder:
Soap nuts or reetha (Sapindus mukorossi), or soap berries are natural, eco-friendly, cheap and soap nuts are reusable. This plant is rich in saponin which enriches soft, healthy hair and skin. It is hypoallergenic, odourless and ideal for sensitive skin. It is also versatile and a natural cleaning agent.
Prevents dryness, removes dandruff and lice as well as cleansing, getting rid of blackheads and diaper rash in babies. Great detangling shampoo and a hair tonic. It is microbial and contains Vitamin A, D, E and K. Soap nuts also have antioxidant, anti-allergic, anti-venom and anti-inflammatory properties.
A great laundry and dish washing agent, cleans floors, windows and carpets. They are natural insecticides. Easily made into a multipurpose cleaner. Soap nuts are a must have in your home due to its versatility uses.
Washing soda is sodium carbonate. It is alkaline and a stain and soap scum remover. Washing soda is a natural detergent booster and household cleaner.
Other natural ingredients:
Castile soap is a vegetable-based soap. It is free of animal fats, nontoxic, biodegradable and traditionally made from olive oil and caustic soda from Spain. It is safe and gentle when diluted right. It acts as a natural deodorant.
Used as a dish, facial, shampoo, body, hand, all-purpose, foot, teeth and laundry soap. A handy scouring scrub and pet cleaner. It also acts well as an insecticide. Castile soap doesn’t mix well with vinegar nor lemon juice. It is naturally hydrating to the skin and may contain antioxidant properties. Plus, castile soap may be used on babies.
Glycerin (glycerol, glycerine) is an emollient that softens, hydrates and lock in moisture into the skin and hair. It is also good for diaper rash. It creates a protective layer on the skin just as petrolatum does. Apply to damp skin. Glycerin gently removes dirt and make up from skin.
Blends well with water or alcohol products but not so with oil-based products. Therefore, you may need to add an emulsifier when using oil-based products). Can also be added to lip balms. It is colourless and odourless. Can be obtained naturally from plant oils such as shea butter and animal fats.
Hydrogen peroxide is a liquid form of oxygenated bleach. It releases oxygen and leaves water as a by-product. It is cheaper than oxygenated bleach but has a short shelf life because it is water based. It is a good cleaning agent and stain remover.
It is a mild antiseptic and disinfectant. It disinfects doorknobs, toilets, counter tops, sinks, tiles and walls.
Hydrogen peroxide has antiviral and antibacterial properties. Kills mould, mildew and soap scum. Acts as a bleach for cloth whitening and for cleaning brushes (make up, toilet, bottle brushes). It is also great to sanitize equipment after a viral illness. Do not mix with vinegar.
Acts as a degreaser, antiseptic and disinfectant removing bacteria, fungus and virus. Removes odours and smells. Isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) should not be inhaled because bitterants are added in. It is flammable. Removes permanent marker on wooden furniture. Is a good window cleaner. Cleans dirty candles, doorknobs, floors and carpet stains. Not to be taken internally. Use for cleaning only.
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin, an antioxidant that occurs naturally in nuts, seeds and leafy green vegetables. It helps prevent premature aging. It is moisturizing and anti-inflammatory to hair and skin. It is claimed to have wound healing properties and provides temporal relief from itching. Vitamin E may relieve sunburn. It may support hair and nail health. It is added to shampoo and conditioner.
Lye is a metal hydroxide, a caustic alkali sodium or potassium hydroxide. It is used in soap making to combine liquids and oils as they do not naturally mix. Lye is dangerous on its own. But should be used right when making soap. Lye must be added to water and not the other way. It is a good oven cleaner and drain de-clogger.
It is important to wear chemical resistant gloves, vapor-resistant face mask and safety glasses when handling lye in an open ventilated room. Glass is not a good container to store lye. Safety precautions should be stated on the container of lye as it is corrosive.
Baking soda, vinegar, lemon and lemon / orange peels: http://www.mrschettylifestyle.co.za/natural-household-cleaners/
Remember to always do a spot test first.
Buy from a trustworthy, eco-friendly source that do not use chemical additives.
Use powders in moderation and stop use immediately if a reaction occurs and consult medical advice.
Buy raw, unrefined powders that are sourced organically.
Keep out of reach from children and pets. Keep products sealed and on high unreachable shelves.
Do not drink these substances, or apply to body openings (nose, eyes, ears, mouth).
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In conclusion : these versitile natural powder(s) and other natural ingredients should replace the toxic chemicals in our homes and encourage green living.
Cheers, happy green living, MrsChettyLife.