May 28, 2012 by Ellen V
I spent a little time this weekend “greening” our laundry. We’ve been making our own laundry for some time, using this recipe or something similar. It is cheap, easy to make, and the ingredients are accessible even at our little local grocery store. A small batch lasts a long time, and we’ve had good success. No one has told me that I smell bad. Yet.
It was easy enough to finish the green-your-laundry routine.
First up was something I’ve been meaning to try for a while: homemade and reusable dryer sheets. This was ridiculously simple and they turned out fantastically. I just cut up a few squares of flannel from a too-worn pair of pajama pants, soaked the squares in fabric softener, squeezed out any excess liquid, and let them dry for 24 hours. They are good for about 15-20 uses, apparently, and then we can start the process over again with the same cloth. With four or five squares, I figure we’ll be good to go for a couple months! The best part, of course, is that we’ve eliminated garbage from the routine with this simple project.
Second, we’ve been really struggling with our cloth diaper washing routine. Our homemade detergent causes way too much build up, and buying specialty cloth diaper detergent is expensive. Finally, I found (via Pinterest) a homemade recipe that simply replaces the grated soap with Oxy-Clean. Awesome. We’ve used it and have already seen drastically improved results. Thank goodness!
Thank you, internets, for helping the V Family green our laundry this month!