Monday, October 15, 2012

Living Clean!

We are trying to live better, that is, we are trying to live with less chemicals/additives in our food and in our everyday lives. 

A while back I wrote that one of our DILs introduced us to the Vitamix - we use it often and are eating healthier! 

The same DIL introduced us to  Norwex - we are now cleaning the house and car without chemicals. We have stopped using cleaning supplies like windex, pledge, swiffer, shower cleaners, etc.

This week, I made some laundry soap. My friend, Lori, made some and liked it so I decided to try it.

Homemade laundry soap from Lori 

3 bars of Fels Naptha soap - finely grated

4 lbs. of Borax
4 lbs. of Arm & Hammer washing soda
4 lbs. of Arm & Hammer baking soda

Mix it up and use 1 - 2 Tablespoons per load. 

Lori said the hardest part was grating the Fels Naptha soap. Another friend, Paula, also makes her own soap and uses this recipe but adds Oxy Clean. Paula told me to use a food processor on the Fels Naptha - it works great!

It cost me $17.09 for the ingredients at my local IGA and I figure I can wash between 160 - 320 loads so the cost is between $0.05 - $0.11 per load. I know this is not chemical free but it it more chemical free than what I was using and a lot cheaper! I was using two different soaps - one cost $0.29/load and the other $0.19/load!

I don't use fabric softeners or dryer sheets - I have Norwex dryer balls! 

The only problems with all of this clean living is that I still have to take time to fix meals, I still have to clean the house, and I still have to do laundry. And I'd rather be quilting! 


  1. How does it work with getting clothes clean? Do you know if it works in a HE top load washer? I am thinking I might switch to making my own detergent but am not sure my machine would like it. Thanks for any info you have....

  2. I have been contemplating making my own laundry detergent. I'm curious ... how does it compare, cleaning-wise, with store-bought detergents?

    And if you can figure out a way to spend less time cleaning and preparing meals, be sure to share with the rest of us ... I, too, would MUCH rather be quilting! ;-)

  3. We have some of the Norwex towels and I do have the dryer balls. Have been using those for 3+ years and very much like them. Getting rid of that dryer sheet residue has been a huge plus! The dust mitt and window towels are wonderful, too! Please, continue to share all your discoveries along these lines! Blessings, D

  4. Doreen - I am so happy that DIL introduced us to Norwex - it has made a huge difference around here - living healthier and cleaning easier! If I come across more discoveries, I'll share - please do the same! ~Jeanne



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