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Learn how to make chemical-free soap at Vernon workshop

January 09, 2019 - 5:30 PM

VERNON - The Sustainable Environment Network Society is teaching people how to personalize their cleaning supplies while also reducing their impact on the environment.

The group is hosting a "Hands on and Take Home" event at the Schubert Centre on Jan. 19. The event is focused on teaching participants how to make chemical-free, environmentally-friendly items like soap, laundry detergent and all-purpose cleaners. Participants are asked to bring glass containers to hold their eco-creations.

"It's a way of giving people ideas to get them off plastic," said Julia Lissau, secretary treasurer for the group. "It gives them options, reduces their costs and eliminates chemicals."

Lissau said her group wants to cut down on the variety of harmful chemicals that are used in mass-produced soaps and cleaners. Their hope is to offer healthy and fun alternatives. At the event they'll even teach participants how to turn a T-shirt into a shopping bag.

"It's neat to share [this knowledge]," Lissau said. "It will be a good time."

The group hosted a similar event last October, which saw dozens of participants.

They taught people how to make deodorant from coconut oil, arrowroot powder, baking soda and essential oils, deer repellant from eggs, lemon dish soap, hot pepper sauce, garlic, skim milk and olive oil, and teeth-cleaning oil from neem leaf and sweet almond oil.

Lissau hopes to expand into more events in the coming months.

"People can learn a lot," she said.

The event starts at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19. You can register for the event here.

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