Thursday, January 8, 2009
Resolve to go green in the New Year - Laundry
I wanted to introduce you to some of my products and give you some tips to help you go "green" this year. I will thus begin a series of blog posts focusing on this and previewing what I will be bringing you this year.
Currently, I offer the most wonderful handmade laundry detergent you've ever tried. Why is it so wonderful? My three ingredient formula is super-gentle on Mother Earth and your clothes. It is septic safe and grey water safe, contains no phosphates, added perfumes or dyes. It is super-effective. I use it on ALL of our clothes. It effectively cleans my daughter's cloth diapers as well. Finally, it is economical. You will pay $.38 per load on average for other "green" detergents like Seventh Generation or Mrs. Meyers. Mine costs about $.28 per load.
Now that you've made the decision to stop assaulting the planet with commercial laundry detergents, you'll also want to stop using dryer sheets. They are loaded with chemicals and wind up in the landfill. I sell dryer sachets as a substitute. They are filled with dried lavender flowers and either organic lavender essential oil or fragrance oil. I prefer the essential oil, because I can now smell "artificial" smells, and I don't like them. I use scrap material from other projects, so that I am reducing my waste at the same time. Now, if you are switching from commercial fabric softener to natural dryer sachets....be realistic. It's like switching from beef to tofu....it's better for you, but it'll take some getting used to. The sachets will not "saturate" your clothes with an artificial smell. It will be v-e-r-y subtle. Oh! And, as for liquid fabric softener...use 1/4 cup of white vinegar instead. What makes your clothes feel "unsoft" is a buildup of detergent. Vinegar strips that buildup away, leaving your clothes naturally soft. You'll be kinder to the planet AND your wallet....sorry, Downy.
When it's nice outside, line dry your clothes. They dry faster. They dry for free. The sun disinfects your clothes and whitens your whites.
You can read more about my products and purchase them at http://earthbabyboutique.etsy.com