Homemade Laundry Detergent Redux

Here we go again…

As part of my ongoing quest to live a life that is more sustainable, I’ve been implementing a few changes to further lessen our family’s footprint. This week I’ve finally gotten around to hanging up an outdoor clothesline, and I’m making the effort to switch to washing most of our clothing in cold water only. What this means is that my trusty and tested powdered laundry detergent isn’t going to work. Like at all. So I set out to make a great big old batch of homemade liquid laundry detergent. I used the recipe from Wellness Mama, because it seems to be a pretty common and popular method. Check out her site for the full directions and measurements.

I can’t report on efficacy yet, because strangely for someone with pets, kids and a gardening habit, I actually don’t have any major laundry to do today. I’ve got one load in now, because my son had a small overnight accident – woo hoo! So, my first test will be on how well it gets out urine smells.

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I’ve got 99 projects…

Updates time! I’ve still got a million unfinished projects in the garden, but some of them are gradually approaching something like completion. Progress has been derailed by work and life and general chaos, but it’s getting there.

We turned an empty raised bed into a multi-layer strawberry tower, because my dog keeps using the existing strawberry bed as a toilet.

wooden raised beds

Beginnings of a strawberry tower thingy

I planted an ungodly amount of potatoes. All in containers of various kinds due to the aforementioned dog.

Potatoes in a basket

Potatoes sprouting in the cupboard. May as well plant those too!

potatoes in a trash can

Some potatoes went in a giant garbage can that already had holes in it because it had a previous life as a compost bin.

plant pots

Some potatoes went in pretty containers, because I can’t always be function over form.

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Healing Herb Infused Tallow Cream

As promised, I’ve finally found the time and space to both make another batch of herbal tallow cream, and take pictures and write up the process. This time around I was assisted by my enthusiastic helper Beatrix so photos of every step didn’t happen, and my measurements that I was trying to be SO precise with were all over the map. Like why did I even bother using my digital scale? I should have just hurled things in a pot and been done with it. But, even with the measurements not being super accurate, the cream came out great! So even if you kind of fudge things, or get distracted, this cream should turn out okay.

The great thing about this cream is that these herbs are all pretty gentle, and are considered safe for children (if you recall I made this for a young neighbor with psoriasis). Since Beatrix is OBSESSED with creams of all kinds, I feel okay about her slathering this one all over herself.

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