We recently went to a Sustainability Symposium at the Botanical Gardens. It was a day filled with a variety of lectures related to the impacts of climate change in Northeast Ohio, gardening, and green living.
One of the lectures discussed green cleaning products. At one point, the presenter showed a picture of what it looks like in the cupboards underneath the sink in a “green” home — lots of cloth rags, vinegar, baking soda, and maybe some borax or washing soda. She then asked, “How many of you have cupboards that look like this?”
I was one of very few people that raised a hand. Hmm…I guess there’s still a lot of educational work to be done!
And so, I decided that I should be better at sharing my green cleaning tips with all of you!
One of the changes I finally made just a few months ago was to update what I use to wash clothes. The good news is — it really works! And it’s very easy to make after you get a few ingredients you might not already have around (but once you get them, they’ll be useful for many cleaning projects).
- 1 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1 cup washing soda
- 1 cup borax
- 1/4 cup liquid Castile soap
All you need to do is mix everything together! Start with the vinegar and add the powders. Keep stirring while you combine everything. End with the Castile soap.
At first, your mixture will be a bit gel-like, but it dries to a powder. I suppose the only real “work” with this method is that it has a tendency to to become a bit clumpy at first. However, once broken up it will stay a powder, and has worked very well to clean our clothes.
You’ll use 1/4 cup of this mixture per load of laundry.
An additional tip is to find an old container that can be reused for storing your powder. I cleaned an old cat litter bucket and attached a 1/4 cup measuring spoon with twine for ours.
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