Lee and a curious calico crisscross the country in a RV, living simply and sustainably.

“It’s a pourin’ down the rain” as my sweetheart says.  Guess I’ll do some laundry, but first I’ll whip up a batch of homemade laundry detergent.


1/2 C. super washing soda (phosphate-free)

1/2 C. borax (phosphate-free)

1/3  bar soap (unscented)

2 gallons water


Pour 4 or 5 cups of the water into a large soup pot. Bring to a boil. In the meantime, grate a third to a half bar of soap. Add to the boiling water and stir until completely dissolved.  Add half a cup each of washing soda and borax.  Stir. Pour this mixture into cool water until you have 2 gallons worth.  Use half a cup per load of wash. For tougher grease stains (for you mechanics out there), presoak in extra washing soda.

It’s easy breezy to make. . . better for the environment than many commercial brands . . . costs only a penny and a half per load!

I’ve used this laundry detergent for a few years with excellent results.  However, I just noticed that the bar of soap I’ve used before contains perfume. Like more folks all the time, I’m quite sensitive to man-made chemicals and perfumes, so will use unscented soap for the next batch.  Here’s more info on using scented products.

An author I recently heard speak at an Audubon meeting commented that the overuse of scented products is affecting our environment in a big way. Chemicals used to artificially scent everything from our baby wipes to shampoos to laundry detergents may remain after sewage treatment efforts, causing hormonal confusion and poisoning marine life, birds, and other creatures. Like humans??

Now I am getting the blues.


Think:  How many personal products do you use during an average day, week, month? How many of those products are environmentally destructive? What can you do to simplify your use of everyday products?

Say:  Share your favorite tips for reducing your chemical trail with folks. Leave a comment!

Do:  Look through your household cleaners and beauty products. Purchase (or make!) more environmentally safe, non-toxic choices.

Comments on: "Rainy Day Blues (and darks and lights)" (2)

  1. Roberly Hirschlor said:

    Guess I will have to get busy and make some of your home made soap. I just finished botteling my garlic tincture. Yummm

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