Friday, October 2, 2009

A more eco friendly.... laundry.

Recently, after my mom's advice, and after reading an article about it, I started to experiment with an alternative way to do laundry.
In this way you cut off harmful chemicals that spoil environment and our health too.
Now, for a load, I use half of the detergent dose ( ecological is better ) and for the whites I add a tbs of washing soda.
For dark colors, on the contrary I add a tbs of baking soda ( more delicate and dissolves better), these two products enhance the washing power of the detergent and are not toxic ( but washing soda is irritant so don't touch it with bare hands).
Instead of the softener now I use half a glass of vinegar ( white of course ) with 3 drops of a natural essential oil for a good perfume ( now I'm using lavender but I want to try bergamot because I'm fond of Earl Grey's scent).
I assure you, the smell of vinegar doesn't remain on the clothes, I was afraid of that too.
After the first time, in which it was a bit strange this new method, now I'm very happy with it, the laundry is cleaner, softer, scented, less wrinkled...and more sane.
Thank you, Mom!

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  1. Wow! thats a great environmental friendly tip, was really useful and will surely follow.

  2. Hi Mythreyi Dilip, I'm glad you appreciate it, oh and it's a frugal tip too ;)

  3. Great advice. We've been using a natural washing detergent for our clothes for a couple of years, and no longer use dryer sheets either. I read that adding baking soda to the water helps soften the clothes too. I'm going to give the white vinegar a try too as I'm alsways open to new things. Thanks for the tips.

  4. You're welcome, wildcatsthree, thank you for visiting and commenting.

  5. That's great advice. I remember reading years ago about not needing all the detergent on the label so I also started using half and it does work. Now I know about baking soda and vinegar. Thanks so much!

  6. All good ones. Vinegar does not smell when it dries. Works great as a hair conditioner too, for the same reasons as laundry. Thanks for the post!

  7. Frugal and greener...doesn't get much better then that in my book!

    Great tips!


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