I was lucky to attend a rare workshop by the David Suzuki’s Queen of Green, Lindsay Coulter at the Soap Dispensary on Monday. She has a message to spread – “The good news is that we don’t need to choose between healthy and clean,”- Lindsay Coulter (quote from the David Suzuki website). She is asking people to break up with their toxic cleaners this spring. You can join the Spring Breakup and say goodbye to Mr. Clean (or whatever toxic cleaning product you may still treasure).
She taught us how to make liquid laundry detergent, all-purpose spray cleaner and all-purpose scrub. Each recipe was super easy. Lindsay has so many awesome recipes that you can download using the link below.
Lindsay Coulter’s recipe for Homemade Borax-Free Laundry Detergent:
Use 1/2 cup per full load
7 litres of hot water
1 cup of baking soda
1 cup liquid castile soap
1/2 cup coarse salt
Mix ingredients in the order of hot water, baking soda, salt and then castile soap. Stir until dissolved. Stir up before each use.
I have tried the detergent in our front loader on a few different types of loads. It works well even on cold and didn’t leave any residue on my black clothes. What I love about this recipe is that salt and baking soda are very easy to find in grocery store bulk sections. Just bring your own bag. If you don’t have an appropriate bag chose the paper mushroom bag and then reuse or recycle it. I am lucky enough to have the Soap Dispensary to buy zero waste Castile soap making it totally possible to make it completely zero waste.
Consider getting a group of friends together to make these recipes together. Just get them to bring their own jars to fill up.
I will do a post later this week on the all-purpose scrub and all-purpose spray cleaner. I don’t think it’s fair to post about them until I try them.
Happy Mother’s Day to all of you including my mom (who doesn’t read this) and my mother-in-law (who does)!
“Anything we do randomly and frequently starts to make its own sense and changes the world into itself. Anything you want there to be more of, do it randomly. Don’t wait for reasons. It will make itself be more, senselessly. Scrawl it on the wall: Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty.”
– Anne Herbert and Margaret Pavel
“Our personal consumer choices have ecological, social, and spiritual consequences. It is time to re-examine some of our deeply held notions that underlie our lifestyles.” – David Suzuki