Mahi - Māori word
1. (verb) (-a,-ngia) to work
Mahi is a feminine name of Sanskrit origin and is said to mean 'Goddess'. In Indian mythology it is the name of an earth goddess.
Our Mahi Make @ Home Ingredients is a collection of individual ingredients, packs, containers and recipes to give you a non toxic cleaning regime you are in control of.
We have taken Grandma's recipes and updated them a little, ensuring they retain ingredients considered non toxic to you and the environment, but increasing the cleaning and disinfecting properties on some of the more traditional ingredients.
So our cleaners do the Mahi - not you!
All ingredients are packaged either in glass or paper. Every single bit of packaging can be reused by us, so we ask you to save and return it. Find out how to do that here.
Some differences to our ingredients and recipes:
1. Vinegar is not as prevalent in our recipes as you might think. Vinegar has very limited disinfecting qualities and while it is a good cleaner, it is also highly acidic and can be very damaging to surfaces, and perish seals in washing machines and dishwashers which can then lead to void warranties on appliances.
2. We do endorse the use of naturally brewed ethanol, however this is NOT methanol - and most of the alcohol on the market is methanol, which is dangerous. Our 99% proof alcohol has been denatured with a safe additive which will not damage the body.
3. We do not use or endorse the use of Borax. There are more effective ingredients now and Borax is a banned substance in USA by the FDA and the EU in Europe based upon claims of impacts on reproductive health. See the EWG score here
4. Baking Soda is not a highlight of our recipes as once again, it is not as effective as other ingredients. But our recipes will work with Baking Soda, just less effectively.
5. Our Kahuku Liquid Castile should not be mixed with vinegar. Kahuku Liquid Castile made properly formulated as a Castile without modern day synthetic ingredients. It is slightly alkaline, and vinegar is acidic. The result is that the vinegar will cause the Liquid Castile to separate and turn into a curdle! This is not a fault of either product, it's just basic chemistry, and if your soap doesn't curdle in vinegar, then it is not a true Castile.
6. We have 2 ingredients listed under Washing Soda and to make it easy we have called one of these Washing Soda Concentrate. The concentrate is more water soluble, so will mix more easily, won't leave powder residues on surfaces or clothes. You can reduce either the quantity in recipes, or treat the mix as a concentrate and use less of it.