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Make Ecofriendly Laundry Detergent

You might be surprised to learn that you can make your own laundry detergent. Or maybe you have heard of it, but weren´t sure. It´s a great way to save time and money which is good for you. And with this ecofriendly laundry detergent it get´s even better: you are doing something for the environment at the same time! So, let me show you how to make ecofriendly laundry detergent.

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First, you actually have two options here. You can make powder detergent or liquid detergent. The instructions for both are below:

How to make ecofriendly liquid laundry detergent

You need:

  • A cheese grater (Sturdy food processor with a grating attachment or a blender can work well too)
  • Large saucepan (needs to hold at least six cups of water)
  • 8 oz. soap (glycerin or other natural soap works best.)
  • 2 cups of washing soda – you can find this at your local home store or supermarket
  • 2 cups of borax
  • Large bucket which needs to hold approximately two gallons.
  • Water and a
  • Storage container (old detergent containers would be a good option if you cleaned them out)

Directions:

Grate 8 ounces of your soap (about one cup), then turn your cooker on to medium low. Heat six cups of water in large saucepan. Slowly add your soap flakes, letting them dissolve before adding more.
Once all soap flakes are dissolved, add washing soda and borax. Continue stirring until the mixture thickens. Then remove the saucepan from heat.
Add four cups of hot water to your bucket and pour your soap mixture into the water. Stir to combine and add another gallon of water to the mixture. If you’re using a two gallon bucket simply fill the rest of the bucket up with water. Stir well and let sit overnight.
The next day pour the mixture into your storage container. When you’re ready to do laundry, use ¼ cup of detergent per load. Or use your old measuring cup from the detergent you used before.

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How to make ecofriendly Powder Detergent

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup borax
  • 1 cup washing soda
  • 2 cups soap flakes (use glycerin or other natural soap grated with a cheese grater or food processor)
  • 1 Large bowl or bucket for mixing
  • And a storage container

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Directions

Making ecofriendly powder detergent is easy. Simply combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Store in your container of choice, keeping in mind to avoid it from getting wet. When ready, use approximately 1/8 of a cup of detergent. Still have your measuring “spoon” from your old detergent? Then don´t throw it away, continue using it!

Note: The ration for powder detergent is one borax to one washing soda to two soap flakes. So you could easily double, triple or quadruple the recipe. Just keep the proportions equal.

As you could see, making ecofriendly laundry detergent is easy and you can find all the ingredients you need at your supermarket. You’ll find the ingredients at a much lower cost than buying a jug of manufactured detergent. Plus, a homemade batch will last you quite a long time. It’ll save you money and it’s much better for the environment.

Which one will you try? Let me know in the comments 🙂

You might also enjoy reading: DIY Mosquito Repelling Deodorant, Shower Gel For Soft & Healthy Skin, Make Ecofriendly Glitter With Kids and  How to Make Your Own Bird Feeders.

Learn how to make ecofriendly laundry detergent. I give you both a liquid and powder laundry detergent recipe. Save money and protect the environment! #greenliving #greenlivingtips #ecofriendlylife #tjalvasdiy #ecofriendly #diy #householdtips

Learn how to make ecofriendly laundry detergent. I give you both a liquid and powder laundry detergent recipe. Save money and protect the environment! #greenliving #greenlivingtips #ecofriendlylife #tjalvasdiy #ecofriendly #diy #householdtips
Learn how to make ecofriendly laundry detergent. I give you both a liquid and powder laundry detergent recipe. Save money and protect the environment! #greenliving #greenlivingtips #ecofriendlylife #tjalvasdiy #ecofriendly #diy #householdtips
Learn how to make ecofriendly laundry detergent. I give you both a liquid and powder laundry detergent recipe. Save money and protect the environment! #greenliving #greenlivingtips #ecofriendlylife #tjalvasdiy #ecofriendly #diy #householdtips
Learn how to make ecofriendly laundry detergent. I give you both a liquid and powder laundry detergent recipe. Save money and protect the environment! #greenliving #greenlivingtips #ecofriendlylife #tjalvasdiy #ecofriendly #diy #householdtips

Green living and pets

The 20th of March is National Love your Pet Day and our family has a new member! A little dog called Scruffy. I didn’t choose the name… My mother in law moved back to England and couldn’t take him, so he’s with us now. I must admit, I never thought about green living and pets before, but now I have to face a few obstacles in our lifestyle…

Our use of plastic bags suddenly shot through the roof! It has caused quite a conflict for me as there is still a lot that I have to buy in plastic, but now on top of that poo bags, dog food in aluminium and dog food in plastic packaging…

That’s why I decided to look deeper into green living and pets.

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Our first green pet product

One of my first concerns were the poop bags. We used up the ones we got with Scruffy and then got eco-friendly poop bags. But, at least with our dog it didn´t stop there. I quickly learned that Scruffy did at least 2 to 5 poops on a walk instead of just one. At the beginning I used to throw the used bag into the nearest bin.

This quickly added up to about 8 bags a day or more. Something had to change, ecofriendly bags or not. Now I keep the bag until the nearest bin to home. I have learned to pick up several poops with only one bag. This way we only use about 2 bags a day 🙂

Having a pet, specially a carnivore really is not ecofriendly, but good for the soul. One of the things that can be done is changing their food to ecofriendly versions.

I had a look into using the poop maybe for composting, but I quickly learned that poop is only good for composting if it comes from a plant-eating animal. So, not dogs…

The next 2 things I want to get if and when they need replacing is an ecofriendly dog collar and an ecofriendly dog leash.

Green Pet food

For dogs and cats try buying grain free foods without beef and, at best, using natural ingredients. This will not only benefit your pet, but the environment as well.

We have learned this quickly as Scruffy has got sensitive skin and our vet recommended to go grain free. And it helped! He now scratches a lot less. We still had some food left of what my mother in law had given us, so I didn´t have a look into healthier, greener options before talking to the vet…

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For rabbits, hamsters and birds go with as natural as possible as well. I remember my rabbit got extremely old and we mainly fed him fresh food from our garden. One of my best memories is sitting in front of him eating my carrot while he was munching on his.

Please get advise of an expert on the exact nutritional needs of your pet though. I am not an expert, but know that natural is always the better option. I am not able to give you more advise than this!

How else can you live green with your pet?

Don´t buy pet toys if you can recycle or repurpose something instead! You can cut an old T-shirt or top into strings, bind them together and you have a rope toy. Or put the strings together to make a yarn ball for your cat.

Old socks make great toys for both as well. Just be careful then about good socks lying around…

Reduce chemicals you use in the house to look after your pets health.

Do not use a hair dryer to dry your pet after a bath or a walk in the rain. Just use a towel to dry the fur. Your pet will thank you as it will be more like giving them a bit of extra attention and most pets love to get stroked. This way green living and pets get´s definitely more ecofriendly.

Pet Grooming Products For Green Living and Pets

  • Ecofriendly Pet Grooming Mitts:  they are good for all types of pets, whether you have a small dog, a cat, or a large horse. You can wear it on either hand; or get two so that you can massage and clean larger pets fast. It’s as easy as petting your animal. No waste and reusable. Outside of all these benefits, it’s very calming to your pets too. They’ll love it.

If you don´t like the idea of a mitt, then go for a

  • Bamboo brush: When you brush your pet, you should consider what happens to the brush when it is time to replace it. It goes right into a landfill. But, if you purchase an eco-brush that’s latex free and made from wood or bamboo, most of the brush will compost instead.
  • Eco-friendly shampoos:  You don’t want to get your dogs too wet in the winter, and some animals just do not like getting wet. You can clean off your dirty, smelly dog with a no-rinse formula. It cleans and conditions – and what’s more, if ecofriendly it’s totally natural and pH balanced. There are several ecofriendly pet shampoos for when you do give your pet a bath. Sometimes it’s easier to wash a pet with a bar of soap rather than using a liquid that requires two hands to get to them. The link above has a list of all of them, so you can find the right one for you.

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  • Clean Dog Ears: Nothing’s worse than your dog getting itchy mites in his ears. You can fix that naturally with this all-natural dog ear cleaner. It’s made in the USA with all-natural ingredients, and it’s cruelty free. What could be better?
  • Bamboo tooth brushes: Use bamboo and wooden products that are biodegradable. (Hint: you can use them for people too.) This means that when you toss them they do not go into a landfill; you can compost them instead.
  • Ecofriendly pee pads: These are extremely handy if you have an older dog who cannot hold it anymore and for girl dogs.

Your pets are part of the family and this means you can make your life as green as possible with pets. And why not treat them with extra special care right along with the environment?

As you can see, green living and pets is possible.

I hope you have learned a few things on the way and have enjoyed reading this post. Do you know anyone who might be interested in finding out more about green living and pets? Then please share this post with them! Thank you.

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Make your own bird feeders

It´s National Bird Feeding Month, so why not write a post on how to make your own bird feeders? I want to show you a few different ideas here today.

Bird feeders and bird baths are ideal to attract birds into your garden. If you want to know more about why you even would want to attract them and other animals to your garden, then you should read Why you should encourage wildlife into your garden or listen to the podcast 🙂

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Make your own bird feeder from recycled materials

Without getting too involved, you can make a bird feeder from miscellaneous items found in your garage and around your home. For example, if you have a coat hanger, a pie plate or a dinner plate, and some PVC piping, you can make a lovely feeder. Let’s take a look at the possibilities.

For this DIY lawn and garden craft you’ll need:

  • PVC pipe approximately 4 inches in diameter or larger
  • 2 pie tins or a small plate and saucer or a combination of items (this will be the top and bottom of your feeder)
  • Primer
  • Paint (if you think in the environment then best use acrylic paint or eco-paint)
  • Adhesive
  • Sandpaper
  • Jigsaw
  • Eye bolt or screw-in hook which will be used to hang your feeder. It needs to be the full length of the feeder, so from the top plate through the PVC to the bottom plate.
  • Drill and bit large enough for your eye bolt. If you’re using a ceramic plate for your feeder, you’ll want a tile drill bit to prevent the plate from cracking.
  • Nut
  • Two washers
  • And chain or other material to hang the feeder from like string or yarn

Directions:

The first step is to gather your pieces of equipment. You can use plates, saucers, pie tins or whatever you have on hand. The top component will be to keep the birds and the seeds dry, and will also be used to attach your eyebolt to. The bottom component will be for the birds to perch on and it’s where you will place the birdseed.

In between these two dishes will be your PVC pipe. You may need to cut the pipe to the right height if your eye bolt is too short. Once it is at the right height, cut three small notches in the base of the PVC. This is where the seed will come out to feed the birds. Each one needs to be large enough for the seed to move through.

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Next sand the PVC and prime it. Then paint the PVC in whatever style or design you choose. Drill a hole in the top plate and the bottom plate. Glue the top plate to the PVC and let dry. Slide the eye bolt through the top plate and through the PVC.

Place one washer on either side of your bottom plate and screw in the eye bolt, using your nut to keep the bolt in place. Once you’re sure it all fits together, undo the bolt and fill the PVC with seed. Lastly reattach the bottom plate and your feeder is ready to be hung up.

Make your own bird feeder with your kids

Winter is the time of oranges. Do you have some at home? Then you can turn the skin into a bird feeder!

All you need to make these bird feeders is:

  • 1 orange you used to make juice
  • Or cookie cutters or a muffin tray instead of the orange
  • 1 packet of gelatine
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1 cup bird seeds (and some dried berries and crumbled nuts, if you want)
  • String
  • And a wooden stick thicker than your string

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Directions:

Add the gelatine to your water and bring to simmer while stirring until the gelatine is dissolved. Then let it cool down for about 1 minute.

Stir in the bird seeds and add the mix to your orange. If you are using the muffin tray, then slightly oil the tray first and add the mix in. For the cookie cutters lay them out and fill them with the mix. Then press it all together slightly, so it binds properly.

Should you want to use dried berries and nuts, then push them into the bird seeds now.

Use the wooden stick to make holes into the orange halves, either just one or 4. Depending on how you want to hang it up, either with the seeds on top or dangling to the side. With the cookie cutters and the muffin tray: make one hole in each feeder.

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Let it all dry over night. Take it out the next day, attach the string and then you can hang your bird feeders up in different save places in your garden or even on your balcony. When picking a place, make sure dogs and cats cannot reach the bird feeders, nor the birds.

Now the only thing left to do is to sit back and enjoy watching your new bird friends gather around your bird feeders. 🙂

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I hope, you have enjoyed finding out how to make your own bird feeders and have found some inspriration. Which one was your favourite or did you make your own? Let me know.

And if you know of someone who would like to make bird feeders, then please share. Thank you!

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What to do with old clothes?

It´s Second Hand Wardrobe Week and I thought this would be a great chance to show you what you can do with old clothes. There are sooo many options.

What to do with old clothes? It´s Second Hand Wardrobe Week and I thought this would be a great chance to show you what you can do with old clothes. Options for ripped clothes too! #donate #reuse #repurpose #recycle #greenliving #greenlivingtips #greenlivingideas #tjalvasdiy #ecoliving #ecofriendlytips

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Donate or hand me downs

Do you still remember hand me downs? Or have you at least heard of them? Hand me downs were ecofriendly without most people realising they were doing our planet a favour. And there is nothing wrong with giving/getting hand me downs.

I still remember my husband the first time I brought home some clothes from a friend of mine who´s son is a bit older than ours. He wasn´t happy at all saying that we are not both working to have to get second-hand clothes for our son. We can buy what he needs. I explained that he is right, but many of those clothes were only worn a few times and they looked brand new. Kids grow out of them pretty quick. And it wasn´t about saving money, it was about it being a shame to “throw them away”. Plus, our son loved them as they were from his older friend and had his heroes on. He still gets new clothes as well.

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Don´t have anybody to hand the clothes to? Then donate them! I am sure there is a charity close by which will be over the moon to take them. We give a lot of clothes to charity. Mainly because most of our friends and neighbours know we are going there regularly (I get our free range eggs from the farm next door) and give theirs to us.

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Sell them

Are your old clothes still in a really good condition? Then you could take them to your nearest thrift store or second-hand shop and see if they will buy them.

Another really good way to sell unwanted clothes are local selling apps and Facebook groups. Take nice photos of each item you want to sell and load them up. You might get lucky and someone else really loves what you don´t want or need anymore.

What else to do with old clothes

Do you have clothes that are not good enough to donate or sell? Cut them up and use them as cleaning cloths and/or ecofriendly wet wipes! This can be done with old bedding, t-shirts, some skirts and shirts.

Pants that are too short or have ripped in the knee can be turned into shorts. Cut them off to whatever length you want your shorts to be, and hem them. Long sleeved shirts and tops can be turned into short-sleeved the same way.

Or upcycle them into some home decor. I have seen jeans being turned into flower pots, rugs made out of cut up clothes, bags made from denim, new clothes made out of several old ones, patchwork quilts made from jeans or flannel… The list goes on and on. This reminds me that I will have to write a post or several on such projects… So, keep checking.

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Take your old ripped clothes to H&M

Yes! You did read right. H&M has got a program world-wide taking your old clothes and recycling them into new fashion.

I recently bought 2 beautiful dresses and the tag said: out of 80% recycled material. This made me aware of their program and I researched a bit more.

Clothes that are not good enough anymore to give away or sell can be taken to any H&M store. There you will receive a voucher you can then use in their shop. The amount on the voucher obviously depends on how many pieces you did bring. So, I wouldn´t try to bring just 1 skirt…

Those clothes then get recycled and turned into new fabric to make new clothes. I think it is absolutely brilliant!

Please note that I am NOT affiliated with H&M. But I love their program and wanted to mention it here as I think it is very useful to you.

I hope you have enjoyed this post and have found some new ideas! What do you do with your old clothes? Let me know 🙂

You might also enjoy reading: Why cotton clothes are NOT ecofriendly, 10 good reasons to start going green, 25 ways to protect our environment on a budget, Green living & feeling guilty and  How to teach your kids the importance of green living.

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What to do with old clothes? It´s Second Hand Wardrobe Week and I thought this would be a great chance to show you what you can do with old clothes. Options for ripped clothes too! #donate #reuse #repurpose #recycle #greenliving #greenlivingtips #greenlivingideas #tjalvasdiy #ecoliving #ecofriendlytips
What to do with old clothes? It´s Second Hand Wardrobe Week and I thought this would be a great chance to show you what you can do with old clothes. Options for ripped clothes too! #donate #reuse #repurpose #recycle #greenliving #greenlivingtips #greenlivingideas #tjalvasdiy #ecoliving #ecofriendlytips
What to do with old clothes? It´s Second Hand Wardrobe Week and I thought this would be a great chance to show you what you can do with old clothes. Options for ripped clothes too! #donate #reuse #repurpose #recycle #greenliving #greenlivingtips #greenlivingideas #tjalvasdiy #ecoliving #ecofriendlytips
What to do with old clothes? It´s Second Hand Wardrobe Week and I thought this would be a great chance to show you what you can do with old clothes. Options for ripped clothes too! #donate #reuse #repurpose #recycle #greenliving #greenlivingtips #greenlivingideas #tjalvasdiy #ecoliving #ecofriendlytips

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