In response to the neighbors’ interest in learning technical procedures for DIY home cleaning and personal hygiene products, we offered the Making Ecologic Cleaning Products Workshop, coordinated by pedagogue Javier Chapado, who specializes in teaching urban agriculture techniques. During the workshop, audio-visual material was used to question the use of toxic substances in some frequently used hygiene and home cleaning products. Also emphasized was the need to analyze advertising strategies and consumers’ habits, as well as myths usually associated with eco-friendly cleaning products and herbal remedies.

Using products grown in Casa Gallina’s urban garden, participants learned to make lard soap by mixing different preparations and dyes, deodorant and lip balm using coconut oil and beeswax, toothpaste made of activated carbon, and multiuse cleaners made with vinegar, water, and baking soda. Participants also made toilet sanitizers to give to food businesses in the barrio.