Lavender-scented laundry detergent is a breeze to make. Photo by Povy Kendal Atchison
According to our grandmothers’ wisdom (and verified on thenewhomemaker.com), Monday is Wash Day. After Sunday’s day of rest, homemakers traditionally took on one of the week’s most difficult tasks: the laundry. Whether you’re disciplined enough to schedule your laundry days or you just do a load or two when you’ve run out of socks and underwear, the following recipe for simple washing powder will make the task more fun. This laundry detergent is simple to make, saves you money and smells heavenly.
Simple Washing Powder 16 cups baking soda
12 cups borax
8 cups grated castile or glycerin soap flakes*
3 tablespoons lavender, lemon or grapefruit essential oil
Combine baking soda, borax and soap flakes.
Add essential oil and mix with a wire whisk.
Use 1⁄8 cup per load.
Yield: This recipe makes enough powder to last a family of four one year.
*Try Sun Feather Natural Soap Company, or buy bars of castile soap (e.g. Dr. Bronner’s) and grate with a kitchen grater.
Finding the perfect gift can be next to impossible. Some special occasions call for an equally special gift. Here are 5 useful, appealing & eco-friendly gifts that are sure to please.
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If you really want to give an environmentally friendly gift, with benefits such as less waste: We already throw away about 25% more waste during the holidays, so less wrapping paper and ribbons is often a good thing, less clutter: Closet space can be precious, so go for something that doesn't take up any room & gifts that keep on giving: A facial at an eco-spa beats another blender for sure, plus it supports green business practices! Here are 4 experience gifts that can really say something.
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