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Information and Recipes for Cleaning Our Homes  

When we usechemicals in the laundry , the clothes we wear and even the sheets we sleep onemit fumes that we breathe and others breathe, too. When we replace thosechemicals with nontoxic products,, we all breather better.

Try this one-time only eye-opener: Runyour clean, dry clothes through your wash cycle with no detergent. Do you findthe water is soapy? If you do, run the same load through the washing machineagain. There will probably be some soap suds. This not only brings the lessonhome that we are wearing chemicals next to our very porous skin, it also removesthe remainder of the brown cleaner.

Important:It is important to remove the residues from detergents. Some of these residuescould react with soap to yellow fabrice. So, until you feel your clothes nolonger have detergent residues, wash items once with washing soda only. Thiseliminates any residues from past detergent use.  

LaundryAlternatives

DryCleaning  
Dryer Sheets and Static Cling  
Fabric Softeners   

Laundry Soap  
Pre-soak  
Spot Remover  
Spray Starch  

DryCleaning

Most dry cleaningsolvents, such as perchloroethylene are toxicup Although there are fewer and fewer fabrics that require dry cleaning,paying attention to cleaning instructions before we buy an item will mean wenormally buy items we can wash or clean ourselves.

We also find thatmany garments labeled "dry clean only" can be safely hand-washed usingmild soap.

Whenwe absolutely must dry clean an item, it helps health somewhat to air clothingout thoroughly before we bring it indoors.

DryerSheets and Static Cling

Dryer sheets arealways dried by heat, then stay on the fabric which touches your skin daily. Weuse these sheets to eliminate static cling. This can be done in several ways:

1. Dry naturalfabrics and synthetic fabrics separately to eliminate static cling.

2. Reduce staticcling in tumble-dried synthetics by dampening hands when folding.

3. Dry clothes ona clothes line to eliminate static cling.

4. Add 1/4 cup ofwhite vinegar to rinse water to eliminate static cling

FabricSofteners 

And what aboutfabric softeners? We will find these chemicals there: Styrene, toluene, xylene,benzuyl acetate, or trimethylbenzene, to name a few. Fabric softeners not onlyremain on the fabric, they are usually dried in a hot dryer.

The chemicalsfrom both fabric softeners and dryer sheets drift into our homes during laundry,stay on our skins day in and day out, and are released into the air around us byour fabrics. They are also released into the air by the fabrics of others, evenwhen we do not use these products ourselves.

Make your ownfabric softener by adding a cop of baking soda to the wash cycle.

Adding 1/4 cup ofwhite vinegar will also soften clothes as well as eliminate static cling  

Laundry Soap

Add 1/3 cupwashing soda (sodium carbonate) to water as machine is filling. Add clothes. Add1 1/2 cups of soap. If the water is hard, add another 1/4 cup soda or 1/4 cupvinegar during the first rinse.

OR

Add 1/3 cupwashing soda to water before placing clothes in machine and substitute soapflakes or powder for detergent Add 1/2 cup borax for additional cleaning power.

Pre-soak

Soak heavilysoiled items in warm water with 1/2 cup washing soda for 30 minutes. Rub soiledareas with liquid soap.

SpotRemover

Mix together

  • 2 T cream of tartar
  • 2 drops of lemon essential oil (optional)
  • Water–enough to make paste.

Make paste ofingredients, then spread on stain. Allow to dry before washing.  

Specific (such asblood or wine) spot and stain removers here.

Spray Starch

General Starchfor Most Fabrics:

Dissolve 2 Tcornstarch in 1 pint cold water in a spray bottle. Shake before each use.

Starch for Delicate Fabrics

Dissolve 1 packageunflavored gelatin to 2 cups of hot water. Dip a corner of the fabric into thesolution to test. If fabric becomes sticky when dry, add more water.

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Note: Before using these green cleansers,try them in an unobtrusive place to make certain they do no damage.

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