I am always working towards living simply and organically within my home learning more and more each day about how I can make a difference and how I can reduce my footprint on this beautiful planet.
Each little thing I do helps me to feel more connected to the earth and energies around me.
Yes you can buy environmentally friendly products, and I do, however one by one I am learning how to create my own at home.
I recently shared a photo of me making my laundry washing liquid and received so many requests for the recipe so I decided to write a blog post with the recipe I use.
This washing liquid is better for the earth, better for your skin, and you are even able to use it as grey water in your garden.
Here is how to make it
* Either a Medium saucepan and a 10 litre bucket or a big 10 litre soup pot
* Containers for washing liquid (I recycle 3 litre milk containers)
* 1 1/2 litres water
* 1 cup of soap flakes
* 1/2 cup washing soda
Place the water into your pot or saucepan on a low to medium heat.
Add the soap flakes and stir until all have dissolved then add the washing soda and again stir.
When it all is dissolved and thickened turn the heat off and fill will water to the top of the pot. If you are using the medium saucepan pour your brew into the bucket, then fill the bucket nearly to the top with warm tap water and keep stirring periodically as it cools.
When it has cooled enough pour your brew into your separate containers leaving room at the top so you can shake it before use.
I use about 1/3 a cup per wash.
You will notice, when you use this laundry liquid, that it does not make suds in the washing machine, which is totally ok, because it does not contain the chemicals that are added to all of the commercial products to make them bubble.
When I use this, I collect the water from the output hose on my washing machine when it is on the rinse cycle and water my plants.
So there you go, conserving water, using a washing liquid that is way less harsh on our mother earth and on our skin, with an added bonus is that it works out so much more cost effective. You only use a little bit of the ingredients each time you prepare this brew, so about 10 litres of washing liquid ends up costing under $2.
Although making your own liquid is quite simple, I find these simple little things empowering.
Why would making laundry liquid be empowering?
I am creating my own laundry liquid with none of those harsh chemicals that are added to the commercial washing powers. So no nasty chemicals are touching my skin or ending up down the drain.
I feel I am strengthening my connection to the earth and the energies surrounding me as well as connecting to my ancestry, the simpler more holistic life. They had the knowledge of self-sufficiency which is something we have lost in this mass produced throwaway society.
I am empowered because I feel the strength within myself, broadening my knowledge of self-sufficiency, being able to create what I need at home when I need it with what I have in my cupboards, not having to get in my car, go to the shops and purchase something that is terrible bad for me and the environment.
I hope you find this blog post useful, and let me know how you go with creating your own washing liquid.