I thought maybe we'd start by task or room. Maybe start with laundry and move on to the kitchen and the bathroom. We already do some decent, healthy, frugal things--wash in cold water and hang our laundry to dry whenever possible; but we have been clinging to some comfortable habits without thinking much about how healthy they are: for starters, using store-bought detergents and dryer sheets (even though we have tried to choose ones that claim to be safer and more eco-friendly.) But, we've decided it is definitely time to make some changes!
This past weekend, we made up our first ever batch of home-made laundry detergent:
- 6 cups Borax
- 4 cups Washing Soda
- 4 cups Baking Soda
- 2 fragrance-free Ivory soap bars, grated
- 2 Tbspns Lavender Essential Oil
We'll see how it goes--it took a little extra time to grate the soap and mix up the detergent, but it wasn't hard or laborious, by any means. I definitely felt better when I scooped it into the washing machine knowing I knew exactly what went into it!