We would like to introduce our very first guest article for GREEN! When we first thought about having guest writers for GREEN, the tough question was who would be the first? After days and days of trying to come up with someone that I felt could contribute something great to GREEN, I finally gave up and turned to my office mate and asked, “Dallas, can you write an article for GREEN in the next two days?” Surprisingly, he was reluctant and mad at me. But in the end, he settled just as I had. So here it is and I hope you all enjoy! (Sorry Dallas, I couldn’t help it. Thanks again for the awesome article.)
Over the course of the past year or so I have undertaken a campaign to replace some of the home-care products that I use every day with more environmentally-friendly alternatives. Along the way I have tried some things that do and don’t work; however, one of my greatest successes has been the “manufacturing” of my own laundry detergent. Not only is this one of the simplest recipes you will ever follow, but it works just as well as any store bought detergent I have used. Note: all of these ingredients can be bought at any grocery store.
1 Cup Borax
1 Cup Washing Soda
½ Cup Baking Soda
1 Bar Natural Soap (grated; I use coconut-based soap)
That’s it. It doesn’t get any simpler as far as I am concerned. Beyond being better environmentally, it is also a fraction of the cost of store bought detergent. A load of laundry using homemade detergent (1-2 tablespoons/load) costs approximately 5¢/load, while common store-bought detergents cost an average of 25¢/load. So for a typical three loads of laundry per week, that is a savings of $30/year. For another cost/earth savings, try line-drying cloths as opposed to a drying machine. This can save as much as $80/year and 1000 lbs of CO2 emissions (equivalent to burning 40 gallons of fuel!).