Not finding any cleaning products on the shelf? Getting desperate?

Those do-it-yourself (DIY) posts are popping up all over social media, but what most DIY-er’s may not realize is most “do it yourself” projects require taking time and getting it right — especially when it comes to cleaning products. 

There are ways out there to make your own cleaning products, but there is also a distinct process in order to create the product correctly, according to one local business owner.

Amber Malcom, C.E.O, J.D. of Shabby Chick Cleaners, a local business offering highly effective, 100% natural cleaning products, including hand sanitizer, provided a safe and healthy option in creating natural cleaning products, though she has plenty in supply for those who are inclined to buy.

“In four and a half years, we have been on the Home Shopping Network twice, and last year won the Small Business Association's Entrepreneurial Success Award,” she said. 

“We know label reading is boring and confusing. The most carcinogenic products, even in the ‘greenest’ of cleaners, is the dye and fragrance. We know those cause cancer. When I invented my products, I had two goals: it had to be completely safe and work better than the non-green cleaners I used. Look for products that contain no dyes and fragrances.”

When social media broadcasts a bunch of DIY’s, some are not always the safe way to go according to Malcom because they do not contain a high enough concentration of alcohol to kill germs. The CDC and FDA are recommending at least 60% alcohol by volume. 

“Unfortunately, people misunderstand, and assume that 60% by weight alcohol is distilled in different strengths, indicated by the proof. Vodka is 80 proof, or 40% alcohol by volume, therefore, it will never be strong enough to kill anything, no matter how much you use,” Malcom said. “Rubbing and/or isopropyl alcohol is the same. If someone isn't using the correct strength, or they dilute it with too much aloe, it won't kill any germs.”

Other DIY sanitizers are not containing the proper amount of ingredients needed to cleanse correctly.

In case locals need to DIY sanitizer, Malcom shared her ingredients of choice. 

“We use 190 proof alcohol by volume and only add 7.5% glycerin and aloe,” she said. “So it keep hands soft without being greasy. We also make ours in a spray, so it can be used on surfaces like (gag) lysol.”

Typical DIY sanitizers, “either call for using too low of an alcohol content — such as vodka, rubbing alcohol — or the recipe calls for the alcohol to be mixed with aloe — or oil, or sunscreen, I've seen a bunch — at a rate that would dilute the alcohol to an ineffective level,” Malcom said.

If patrons are really needing to create their own products, Malcom said she “highly suggests using pure grain alcohol at 190 proof mixed with nothing.”

“It will be the safest, although pretty hard on the skin,” Malcom said. 

There are other options than hand sanitizer, though.

“Wash your hands! We recognized there is a shortage of hand soap, so we are offering to refill bottles for people,” Malcom said. “If at all possible, please don't DIY-this, coming from the ultimate DIY-er. Leave it to the professionals.”

Shabby Chick Cleaners donated hand sanitizer to the police department and will keep their supply filled.

Shabby Chick Cleaners offer a drive through window as well as local delivery. They are located at 1302 W. Bois D’Arc in Duncan. 

Patrons can bring their own clean bottles and have them filled while in the drive thru.

For more information, call 405-414-8938 or visit the Shabby Chick website at www.ShabbyChickCleaners.com.

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