This blog was started, and is intended to illustrate that environmentalism happens through small acts, is not difficult, and that it does not always have to be some big life changing event that forces you to live in the tree tops with no electricity. All that being said, one of my small acts was to start this blog to gain some friends to help me save the world.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Doing the laundry

I was chatting with a lovely person last weekend and she was telling me about how to make your own laundry detergent.  What a lovely and brilliant idea.  As when I hear most great ideas, such as this, I immediately thought of putting it on my super fun blog.  So did a little research and found many great recipes for homemade laundry detergent.  One I liked the best (because it was the easiest) was on another blog I came across when researching.  The blog is  http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com  The recipe was simple:
3 Tablespoons Borax
3 Tablespoons Washing Soda
2 Tablespoons Dawn Dish soap
Put these ingredients in a one gallon jug. Pour 4 cups boiling water into the jug. Swirl until ingredients are dissolved in the liquid. Let liquid cool. Then fill almost to the top with cold water. The bubbles will overflow out of the bottle.
I love this because you can pick an awesome scent with the Dawn dish soap. This dish soap works the best because it gets grease out. (recipe found at 
 http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2012/02/no-grate-homemade-laundry-soap.html).

The only thing I would change is Dawn, since I do not use any proctor and gamble products, but I am sure that most dish liquids would work and you can find lost of nice smelly ones that are not made by P&G.

Anyway there were a million recipes out there.  And as with most ideas that I like, it is easy and cheap (I know I am setting myself up there with the easy and cheap comment, but lets refrain.)


When I do my first load I will be sure to tell everyone about it!

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    1. Honestly the day after I posted this I bought some homemade detergent from a local farmers market. So I have not had a need to make this yet, but it is on my list. But the ingredients on the detergent I purchased are similar (although this is a powder rather than liquid). They are borax, washing soda, cold processed tea tree soap. It smells great and you only use a tbsp per load. So needless to say this batch should last me for a while. http://whisperingwillow.net/welcome/ is the site for the detergent.

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