hippie green – so fresh and so clean clean

‘We’re almost out of detergent.’ said the husband.

Me, ‘Oh yeah, I was going to make some tonight!’

How hippie easy is that?

We all know the ‘green’ movement is booming and I’m on the bandwagon. Well really I’ve only attempted two projects so…moving on. It’s great for the environment, your family, and it’s easy!

I got a recipe from my friend Amber who is the most crafty mom-to-be I have ever met. The girl’s got skills so you should probably check out her work here!

So the recipe, here it is:

Laundry Detergent

1 cup Borax
1 cup Arm and Hammer Laundry super washing soda
(I use regular baking soda when I can’t find this)
1 bar Ivory Soap

Use 1 Tablespoon per load – I have read on other sites that it DOES work with High Efficiency washers. I have one and it works great.

Now Amber puts the ivory soap in the food processor but the other night I wanted to multitask and watch TV too so I broke out the grater. I went through 5 bars pretty quickly. It’s easier than grating cheese actually! Then all you do is mix the ingredients together and you’re done. Note that if you’ve recently moved and haven’t leveled your washer yet DON’T put the pretty glass jar on top of the washer. You end up with a major mess on your laundry room floor. Sad.

the goods

The other DIY cleaner I’ve made is All-Purpose Cleaner. It’s even easier.

All-Purpose Cleaner

1 cup white vinegar
1 cup water
a couple drops of essential oils (I’m thinking lavender or lemon would be nice)

Mix it all together in a spray bottle and start cleaning.

Once you get used to the initial vinegar smell all is good but I’m sure you can tweak the amount of essential oils you put in the mixture if you’re struggling with the stink.

the goods 2

So there you have it, my first ‘Hippie Green’ post! I’ll be funneling all my ‘green’ DIY projects whether it be recipes or house stuff into this section (a ‘tab’ after my redesign of the site) so you can easily find them whenever you want.

Happy cleaning!