An average household spends a significant percentage of its income on toiletries. Toiletries have to be bought regularly. They are a necessary part of hygienic existence.
However, these prove heavy on the wallet. Making toiletries at home can reduce this load on the wallet. Alternately they can be purchased from someone else who has invested the time and effort in making them. But the big question that springs up here is ‘How effective are they?'
Making of toiletries at home
A couple of recipes for toiletries that can be homemade are given below.
* Toothpaste: Mix baking soda with peppermint oil, to the consistency of a paste. Alternately make a paste of baking soda and salt. Both these work as effectively as any shop bought product.
* Liquid hand wash: A bar of soap can be grated and mixed with water. Placing it in the microwave should carefully attain the right consistency. This mixture upon heating turns a good liquid hand wash.
Apart from the two items listed above, many other detergents, soaps, lotions and cleaning agents can be made at home. In the absence of proper information, substitutes found in the pantry can be used. Some of them work effectively well.
Selling homemade toiletries
Making toiletries like lotions, soaps, detergents and lip balms are fine and prove to be a good hobby. But once they overstep the boundary of being a hobby and turn into a source of income, the varied rules and regulations laid down by the government will have to be strictly adhered to.
Buying homemade toiletries?
Every product sold in the market has a list of the items used. Different substances are used in differing quantities. These ingredients are listed out in a descending order according to their mass or volume. Different hand made products can be compared on the basis of this list. Once the choice is made, a click of mouse does the purchase.
How safe are homemade toiletries
* Homemade toiletries may be cost effective but they do not confirm to the safety standards.
* Commercially manufactured products have to confirm to certain guidelines that ensure the safety of the product. Home-based products are made in the most unhygienic of conditions.
* Commercially manufactured products are well tested and released into the markets only if they are found to be effective and safe. No home-based product is ever tested. Often the consumer is the guinea pig.
Homemade detergents or fabric softeners or even fabric bleach can be used regularly. But using remedies or substitutes from the pantry is safer compared to using a homemade shampoo or deodorant or a face wash.
In conclusion one can say that an attempt must not be made to make everything at home. Some items can be made. Others that prove difficult or unsafe to make like soaps, should be purchased from the outside market.