I have a couple of days off work this week, and I've been doing a little purging and sorting every day. A carload of stuff went to the Goodwill, and I bagged up most of our plastic food storage containers, in favor of a new Pyrex set we invested in. Feels so good, and I can open the lazy-susan cabinet without everything falling out. Nice.
We've been trying to re-work how our house runs lately, in a couple of ways: paring down our monthly expenses (i.e., being more frugal... more on that later) and trying to green up a little more. Stuff like buying many more things in bulk than we used to, simply trying to avoid excess containers and waste.
I've also been trying my hand at using bulk supplies to make some of the products we use regularly. As I mentioned before, my nightstand has been stacked with books on natural housekeeping. So, maybe I'll share my own take on liquid laundry soap? It works really well, is super cheap to make, and I just keep refilling the sexy Method pump bottle we already had on hand. And our local co-op has a big drum of Dr Bronners, so I can refill that ingredient without waste, as well.
Anyone else doing this or have a good laundry "recipe"?
I pretty much hate doing laundry, and this stuff makes me excited to do the wash. Crazy, huh.
Liquid Laundry Soap
adapted from The Naturally Clean Home
Combine in a pump bottle:
2-1/4 c. liquid castile soap (e.g., Dr Bronner's--what can't you use this stuff for?).
--> I used about 2/3 unscented, 1/3 lavender
1/4 c. distilled vinegar
1 T. vegetable glycerine
3/4 c. water
We don't like very smelly laundry products (we usually go free/clear, but my version is very light on scent), so we don't add any additional essential oils. But you could: Start with unscented castile soap and add maybe 10 drops of something nice?
Give the bottle a quick shake before using, and use about 1/4 c. per load. From my Method pump bottle, I use approx. 6-10 squirts.
If you're interested, I could share some other green-home hacks like this?? Let me know!