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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.

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

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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

Please note that this page contains affiliate links. If you purchase anything using them, I may receive a small commission at NO extra cost to you. I only provide links to products of which I think they are useful to you and relevant to what I blog about. These commissions allow me to continue providing value on this blog and my podcast by hopefully covering the cost. For more information please read my disclosure & privacy policy.

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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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
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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

Ecofriendly Valentine´s Day Presents

Valentine´s day is around the corner, so I thought I show you that you can get ecofriendly Valentine´s Day presents and that it is not as hard as you think. I think, we have started to go overboard on spending money on presents which should be meaningful and not expensive. So, get inspired by these meaningful ecofriendly Valentine´s Day presents!

Many of us gotten into the habbit of overdoing it on Valentine´s day. That´s why I give you ideas for meaningful ecofriendly Valentine´s Day presents. Green living ideas and environmental friendly tips

Please note that this post contains affiliate links. If you purchase anything using them, I may receive a small commission at NO extra cost to you. I only provide links to products of which I think they are useful to you and I try to link to eco-friendly products at the same time. For more information please read my disclosure & privacy policy.

Flowers

Flowers seem to be a must on Valentine´s day and mother´s day. So, if you want to buy flowers, then make sure you are buying flowers which have been grown locally. This will protect our environment and makes sure that there is no child labour involved. Even better: make sure they are grown without the use of pesticides.

A bunch of flowers doesn´t last long though. A much better option is to buy a plant instead. Indoor plants are good for air quality and to lift the mood. Plus, they last much longer. Or maybe there is an outdoor plant your partner always wanted to have in the garden.

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Another great idea would be to get an indoor herb garden for the kitchen, if your partner loves cooking. Using fresh herbs is always a much healthier option.

Self-made Valentine´s Card

Instead of buying a card full of harmful glitter, make your own. It shows that you have put work and thought into it and will be a much more meaningful present. And it is a lot of fun making it! You don´t even have to be good at drawing, cut out some nice pictures of a magazine and do the writing yourself. And on the inside a nice romantic poem or a “love letter” in your own words.

Cook a romantic Valentine´s Day meal

You don´t have to turn into a master chef, but a romantic homemade meal tops any restaurant. Cook your partners favourite meal, put some bees-wax candles on the table, some romantic music in the background and it will be perfect. I have got a post explaining why you should use beeswax candles and how to easily make your own here.

Make your own chocolates or sweets

And as dessert make your own chocolates or sweets. There are many easy choices and you at least know what ingredients are in them. When buying your ingredients make sure you know the origin of them, so you know that no toxins have been used and workers have been treated fairly. This way you have a healthier after than anything you could buy.

Place your own potpourri onto the dinner table

To round the romantic dinner off, place a bowl with your own potpourri onto the table or give it as an ecofriendly Valentine´s day present. They are quick and easy to make. Next time you are outside, pick some small pine cones, some flower paddles and other things you can find you like. Place them into a bowl, add some cloves, maybe a cinnamon stick, star anise and a few drops of your favourite natural essential oils and you have a nice smelling potpourri. You can also add some fresh orange skin, if you have some.

Make your own ecofriendly Valentine´s day presents

Why not make an upcycling present? There are so many options and I bet you already have something in your house you can use. Tin cans you can turn into candle holders, out of an old makeup mirror and a cereal box you can make a nice hanging mirror. Do you have an old shelf lying around? Turn it into a romantic sign.

Give an experience

You know better than me what your partner likes. Is there anything he/she has dreamed of doing? Sky diving together, rafting, hiking, opera, a concert, paintballing, just to give a few ideas. Time spent together like this you will give the gift of a memory for life.

Other ecofriendly Valentine´s present ideas

Is there something else your partner really likes? A hobby he/she enjoys? Then you could get a subscription box for this hobby.

As example: my husband really likes tea. He is an absolute tea fanatic, so the subscription from Teabox or any of their products would be a perfect present for him. Specially as the tea is ecofriendly and bagless.

Wanting to start a greener life, but feeling overwhelmed? Then my E-book “Ease into Green Living” is the right fit for you! Special offer: 30 minute call with me where you can ask me anything you want 🙂

You could get a kindle book subscription from any library on the web.

I personally would love to get the subscription box from Darn Good Yarn. Their yarn is made from recycled silk. We got it for my mum for Christmas and she absolutely loves it and so do I.

If you need more ideas on subscription boxes, you can download my list of ecofriendly Christmas present ideas.

I hope you have found an idea or two to get ecofriendly Valentine´s day presents. Which one was your favourite? You can find more ideas here too.

Many of us gotten into the habbit of overdoing it on Valentine´s day. That´s why I give you ideas for meaningful ecofriendly Valentine´s Day presents. Green living ideas and environmental friendly tips

You might also enjoy reading: 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.

Many of us gotten into the habbit of overdoing it on Valentine´s day. That´s why I give you ideas for meaningful ecofriendly Valentine´s Day presents. Green living ideas and environmental friendly tips
Many of us gotten into the habbit of overdoing it on Valentine´s day. That´s why I give you ideas for meaningful ecofriendly Valentine´s Day presents. Green living ideas and environmental friendly tips
Many of us gotten into the habbit of overdoing it on Valentine´s day. That´s why I give you ideas for meaningful ecofriendly Valentine´s Day presents. Green living ideas and environmental friendly tips
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