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Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap

Updated: Apr 25, 2019

As we become more aware of our environmental impact it seems, even with all our advances, certain things are simplest, done the old fashioned way. Simplest, yes, daunting, that too, though.

I often feel as we take one step forward and then two back reflecting upon our footprint. We bring our shopping bags to the store for example, and buy in bulk, yet we live in such a remote location that we either drive a great distance, or purchase items through the mail, each with their dance and trade off.

I read recently that the world doesn't need a few dozen people who are living zero waste lifestyles perfectly ... what the world really needs is for the masses, for millions of folks, to start living with greater awareness, imperfectly, today.

Laundry soap? Does it matter? Yes, in that whatever we put down the drain does go into our water ways, into our ecosystems, our plants and food, the ground we walk and play upon. Does it need to be the step you take or is it the most important one ... that's a questions I have absolutely no answer for, not a clue, other than ... we all do our best, and we all live different realities.

If this is something you are interested in trying, here is a sharing. If it's not what speaks to you at this moment in time, that's completely ok too. Thank you for taking the steps that do make sense for you, for taking a moment to reflect upon the vastness of it all, and for deciding to make a difference in the ways you do. Believing together, we all, do great things.


2 1/4 cups liquid castile soap

1/4 cup white distilled vinegar

1 tablespoon glycerin

3/4 cup water

10 to 15 drops essential oil of choice

Mix all in a large mason jar. Use about 1/4 cup per load of laundry. Done.

For essential oil options I love a combination of lavender and chamomile because its soothing and calming. In the winter though I sometimes change it up using a combination of lemon and sweet orange as it just smells happy and bright during the darker months, or if its cold season I'll make a batch with eucalyptus and peppermint to help clear our sinuses.

There are a variety of castile soap options, I like Dr. Bronners just because we get it in bulk and use it for all sorts of cleaning purposes.

by Mary Oliver

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