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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.

Green Living and Pets - Is it possible? This post and podcast shows that even though pets are not very green, living ecofriendly and having pets is possible! #greenliving #pets #greenlivingtips #ecofriendly #ecfriendlylifestyle #tjalvasdiy #ecotips

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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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Reducing food waste

Today we are getting back to the word reduce by reducing food waste. Last week I strayed a bit and explained why you should encourage wildlife into your garden. This was because of squirrel appreciation day. Did I mention that before? I think, I forgot. Ups…

Reducing food waste to start protecting our environment and to save money. We are wasting 1.3 billion tonnes of food every year. It´s time we tackle this! Learn how to either reading the post clicking the image or by listening to the podcast. Green living essential steps. #ecofriendlyliving #greenliving #greenlivingtips

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How to Reduce Food Waste in Your Home

Did you know that worldwide we waste about 1.3 billion tonnes of food every year?!?

Start reducing your food waste for the good of our environment and for your own pocket as you will be saving money at the same time. There are many ways you can cut down on food waste that happens in your home. Here are a few things to think about:

Think Twice about What You Buy

When you are at the grocery store, don’t just pick up whatever looks good. If something is jumping out at you, put it on your grocery list and decide whether you will actually buy it the next time you are in the store. This will save money immediately, and will be a good reminder that a person often doesn’t even really want or use many of the items they buy.

Plus, never go shopping hungry! You will only buy much more food that won´t get eaten. When you go shopping not being hungry, then your grocery list will come in handy. I know that I forget half of what I wanted to buy when I go shopping full up and forget my list…

Make Meal Plans

At the beginning of each week or on the weekend, create meal plans for you and your family. Make a grocery list based off these meals plans. This will keep you focused on purchasing necessities rather than frivolous items.

Now, I never liked meal plans because my days are always different. Some days I might have a lot of time to cook and other days I don´t, but I never know beforehand. A way to get around this problem: plan 2 meals using roughly the same ingredients. As example: plan to make lasagna and if you then don´t have the time, then just make spaghetti Bolognese. This works really well for me.

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If you haven´t found a good meal planner yet, I can only recommend the one I am using. Here is the link to the free download.

Use a Shopping List

I know, I mentioned the shopping list before and it is vital to reducing food waste. Make a shopping list and take it to the store with you. Stick to this list at all times. Do not deviate or be tempted by purchases that are last-minute temptations. If it’s not on the list, it’s a “no.”

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Cook a Little Less Than Needed

Often we cook more than our family or friends will end up eating when we serve them a meal. We are afraid it will look tacky if people are still hungry and the food is gone. This is a quick road to major food waste, as people eat more than they need if there is excessive food.

There is nothing wrong with having just enough to feed everyone, and then moving on to the next course. This way, everyone leaves a bit of room in their stomachs, saving indigestion and future leftovers that may never get pulled out of the fridge and eaten.

Eat Leftovers at Another Meal

If you do end up with leftovers, then by all means, eat them. In your meal planning, schedule in at least two meals a week for leftovers. Plan them to happen at separate times during the week so that all leftovers will be used and enjoyed at some point.

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I sometimes even cook certain things like pasta or potatoes more to be able to make a nice leftover dish the next day…

Buy Smaller Portions

Often fresh fruits and vegetables get purchased and then go bad after sitting too long in the fridge. To solve this problem, buy less of the items that spoil quickly. You may love oranges, but instead of buying a whole bag, buy half a bag. Or instead of buying five grapefruits, buy two. You might have to get groceries more often, but if you are scheduling two trips to the grocery store per week this shouldn’t be a problem.

Don´t bulk buy!

I know many other blogs recommend you to bulk buy and shops are encouraging it by offering 3 for 2 deals. But, only buy those deals and only bulk buy if you will really use it all! Otherwise you are producing more instead of reducing food waste.

Reducing food waste is one of the biggest ways we can save money in our homes. It doesn’t take a lot of planning to save a reasonable amount of money. By looking through this list, you are sure to find at least a few ways you can personally cut down on your food waste. This will save you a lot of money, and enables you to look after our environment at the same time.

I hope I have given you some good ideas on reducing food waste. And if you start, let me know how you are getting on 🙂

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You might also enjoy reading: Saving electricity to reduce your carbon footprint, Saving water to start protecting the environment, 25 ways to protect the environment on a budget, 10 good reasons to start going green, How to teach your kids the importance of green living, and Green living & feeling guilty.

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Saving electricity to reduce your carbon footprint

Saving electricity to reduce your carbon footprint! I will show you easy ways you can implement today, most without having to spend extra money. Going green the easy way!

Today we are going to continue with the word “reduce” by saving electricity to reduce your carbon footprint. I will show you several ways you can start saving electricity easily today 🙂

All of the ways I will show you here are easy to implement in your home today. And, in case you wonder, you don´t need to get solar panels. Solar panels are great if you have the space and the chance. But if you live in an apartment or in countries that rather fine you than help you in this respect…

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Saving electricity to reduce your carbon footprint! I will show you easy ways you can implement today, most without having to spend extra money. Going green the easy way!

Change energy supplier to reduce your carbon footprint

The first thing I am going to recommend you was the best I have ever done. Research electricity companies in your area supplying green energy! And don´t worry, you will find that most of them are actually cheaper than you think. We changed 3 years ago to a company supplying 80% from green energy. Now 100% of their energy is green and our bill shows: 0% carbon emissions produced. And the best of it all: we now pay about half of what we used to pay with our previous supplier!

Saving electricity to reduce your carbon footprint

Take a piece of paper or open a note on your phone and go through your home. Check where you can replace normal plug sockets with plug strips with a switch and write those down to change. Then look at your light bulbs and write down which ones need to be replaced with energy-saving ones once they are gone. I know that energy-saving bulbs are a bit more expensive to buy, but they last a lot longer and are therefore cheaper in the long run.

While you are making your round, unplug everything that doesn´t need to be plugged in, including your phone chargers. Most appliances use electricity even when they are turned off. It might not be much, but keeping with it you will notice you are saving electricity. Same counts for things in standby mode: just unplug them or turn the switch off when they are not used. Don´t leave your phone, tablet etc. on charge for longer than needed, specially not over night.

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Coming back to your light bulbs: help them to last longer! Energy saving light bulbs don´t like to be turned on and off all the time. So instead of going into the kitchen, turning the kettle on, leaving and turning the light back off, leave the light on as you will go back in within a minute or so. I know this seems against what we are taught, but it saves energy as well leaving the light on instead of turning it off and on within a short period of time…

Saving electricity heating and cooling

Let´s start with heating: The ideal room temperature is, depending on if you live in a warm or cold climate, between 19° C and 22° C (66° F and 72° F). Bedrooms should be at the lower end as the ideal sleeping temperature is between 15° C and 20° C (59° F and 68° F), again depending on where you live. Rooms that you don´t use still should be heated slightly, as it will keep the rest of your home warmer.

Let in fresh air, as it heats up quicker and better than used air. If you can, do it when it is the warmest outside. Just open your windows wide for about 10 minutes, this is enough.

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Other ways to save electricity while heating: Thick curtains keep the cold out and in summer the heat. Open your curtains when the sun shines on your windows to let the heat into the room in winter and close them when the sun is gone. Carpets keep your home warmer as well. Cooking generates extra heat in your home. And if you leave the oven door slightly open after using it, this will provide extra heat for a while more.

A fact a little less serious: Throw a party or organise a get together in your home. The more people are in your home, the less you need to heat 😉

In summer, save on air conditioning by opening your windows at night and leave your blinds down during the day. This will keep your home cooler.

And a very important thing: service your heating and air conditioning regular to avoid problems and unnecessary cost. This includes cleaning your air con filter regularly, it will keep it working longer.

That´s it for today about saving electricity. I hope, you have enjoyed this post and have learned a few new things. What are your best tips on saving energy?

Do you want to know what else I offer? Then check out my Let´s start a Greener Life Together page

You might also enjoy reading: Saving water to start protecting the environment, 25 ways to protect the environment on a budget, 10 good reasons to start going green, How to teach your kids the importance of green living, and Green living & feeling guilty.

Saving electricity to reduce your carbon footprint! I will show you easy ways you can implement today, most without having to spend extra money. Going green the easy way!


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