Gone Crunchy

It's official. I've gone crunchy.

If you would have told me a few years ago that I'd be mixing up my own laundry detergent and cloth diapering my kid(s) and line drying my laundry, I would have asked you how much you had to drink that day. It just wasn't something that I would consider myself passionate about...

Remember back on Earth Day, I was looking for a laundry soap recipe that wouldn't make my hubs think that I've turned into a full blown hippy? Well, I'm officially a hippy - without the expected giggles and eye rolls. haha. He even hung the clothesline for me. He luurves me.

It started with a cloth diaper (CD) detergent. Without getting off on a CD tangent, you shouldn't just pick up a bottle of Tide at Target because the additives can mess with the absorbency of the diapers with buildup on the fabric.

If I'm going to do something, I'm going to do it right.

I mixed up my first batch of CD detergent....and then I got addicted. Next up came the clothing detergent. I whipped up a small batch because I wasn't sure how well it would work...wanna see the results?

Fal decided that the white chaise was her canvas. She's very artistic.

Thanks to dr. google, my process getting ink out:
Hairspray to lift the ink and blot with wet rag. Lather, rinse, repeat.
Soak with bleach (I know, I know it contradicts the whole green living idea. I've got some left over toxics in the garage.)
Wash 4 times with a combo of extra strength laundry soap with whitening & oxiclean.

The stain lightened. Kinda.

I was thisclose to buying a new cover. But before I did I decided to try one last load with a my new clothing laundry soap I mixed up in the garage.

I never ever thought that this would happen. One wash with my new beloved.

Heeeellllooooo? Do you see my white chaise?! If you look real close you can see where she dug in real hard but who cares now? I surely don't!

I'm sold.


Jenny said…
Way to go, Jo! TJ was in cloth diapers until I got morning sickness with Mags'. Then just the thought of cleaning them made me puke. We tried them with Mags' but they were to wide in the crotch. Made her little legs stick out like she was on horseback! You've inspired me to give them another shot. E-mail me your laundry soap recipes when you get a chance! Love ya!
Jamie said…
As always I am so amazed at you Jo! When I grow up I want to be just like you!

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