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  1. Aracoma Smith

    I love reading all of your posts and take in the information as I feel will relate to my life. Your last two subjects have been things that I have had a lot of thought about: deodorant and laundry. Thank you for all of the information. I am curious if your receipt for laundry soap would work in a HE washer, if anyone knows please post. I did get some soap nuts for Christmas; my MIL loves them, but have been nervous regarding using them in my HE washer. Regarding dryer sheets, I gave those up long ago and have noticed no difference:). Oh, regarding deodorant. This was a huge concern of mine when I breastfed and so I tried to use some of the natural products, but had some of the same issues as you. Now rethinking options especially in regards to Kendal.

    • gracefulfitness

      Hi Aracoma!
      From what I’ve read this detergent is perfect for HE washers. HE washers use less water and therefore need less sudsy soap, this soap is not very sudsy at all. As far as Kendal, I’d say it’s better for her not to start on aluminum in the first place. This is a tricky one, I wouldn’t listen to my parents on this subject when I was coming into puberty! On the other hand, I think the “natural” options have gotten better over the last 20 years. What my mom does with Abundance is recommend that she only use anti-perspirant for soccer/band and use aluminum-free deodorant for the rest of the time. I do agree with her that for things like this it’s a matter of cumulative exposure and keeping it low-not necessarily eliminating-is a good goal.

  2. I love this! I am almost out of detergent and going to make this next, along with the coconut oil and baking soda deodorant I’ve been using (smell free) for the past week, my home should be toxic chemical free in no time. I got the deodorant idea from a commenter on your post. Great topics!

    • gracefulfitness

      Sadly my dishwasher is my hands. 🙁 Our kitchen is itty bitty so there’s no room for one but actually we haven’t had one for a very long time (by chance not by choice) and I don’t mind so much.

  3. Jill

    Great post!

    My husband uses Borax for carpet deodorizing, cleaning the toilet, and for making homemade dishwasher detergent.

    • gracefulfitness

      Your husband cleans the carpet, toilet, and dishes?! 😉
      My husband isn’t opposed to these things but our threshold for them being dirty is…different. I’ve been using my all purpose cleaner to clean the toilet but from now on it’s borax all the way.

      • Jill

        🙂

        Yes, I’m very lucky to have a husband who does all those things.

        As for the coconut oil and baking soda deodorant, does it leave any white residue on your clothing? Thanks!

        • gracefulfitness

          I used it for the first time today and it does leave the slightest powdery white residue. I used a lot of baking soda though!

  4. This is great & pretty much what my laundry detergent is. (I’ve been meaning to post my “recipe”.) I don’t add it to water though, & I like adding a couple drops of tea tree oil directly to the wash. I think I use both borax & washing soda in my dish washing detergent. I’ve been looking for a less-wasteful dryer idea — thanks for suggesting the balls! Do you have to order them online? Can I find them anywhere?

    • gracefulfitness

      I actually found them at Ross or Marshell’s or one of those store. You could probably get them at a big box or maybe if you have an local eco store (we’ve got one that sells all green household stuff).

    • gracefulfitness

      Those are awesome! I’m pretty sure the blue ones in my post have seen better days so next I’ll try making them, thanks!

  5. I have never heard of dryer balls! I’m going to have to get one. One of my friends makes laundry detergent for me sometimes. It’s great! We trade laundry detergent for homemade soap.

  6. Sarah

    I make those wool dryer balls. You can recycle old wool sweaters for the insides of the balls and then just wrap wool yarn or wool roving on the outside to make them look pretty. I buy sweaters at Goodwill (they have to be 100% wool), wash and dry them to felt them, and then cut them into strips. This way you can make balls with very little new material. It appeals to my frugal and my sustainable side. The balls work best if you use six or so in the dryer.

    And re the deodorant- have you tried the alcohol/water/essential oil recipe and it didn’t work? I love that stuff. It’s identical to the very expensive Weleda spray. Maybe I’m just not that naturally smelly?

    • gracefulfitness

      I’m excited to try the dryer balls, thanks for the info!
      I haven’t tried the DIY deo spray yet but it sounds great. Right now i’m on day 2 of coconut oil and baking soda and so far I love it.

  7. Lindsay

    This “sounds” like a green idea but I dont think that I will EVER take the time to make my own laundry detergent. Also, what do you do in terms of laundry softener? Also is this okay to use in HE washing machines??

    • gracefulfitness

      No problem Lindsay, we all have to decide what makes sense in our lives. Right now I have a time:income ratio that is heavy on the time and light on the income so I can experiment plenty as long as it saves me money! This project was pretty quick though, about 15 minutes to make enough for a few months.
      I’ve never used laundry softener so I can’t answer that one but as far as HE washers the homemade stuff is great because it’s low-suds.

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