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As I prepared for my day out of the home office, I outfitted myself in a preppy white shirt, white cotton capris and a cabled turquoise sweater vest, it was at that moment that I changed my thinking about wardrobe. Lead a thought revolution. Choose America's fabric denim. Limiting our wash loads makes a Indiana Greener.

By the by... I am seeking a greener Indiana alternative to Tide if you have one. So, because a very wise woman said "new is for suckers" I went to the thrift store in search for blue denium overalls. Our household has decided that rather than daily gardening pants that overalls are the perfect choice. Tough, durable denim can hang easily on the mudroom hook furthering this citywife eco-friendly life.

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Comment by Rose M Emmons on June 7, 2009 at 3:01pm
Cara,
I take dried lavendar buds, (from your garden or any health food store) and pour plain white vinegar over them. Make sure it is a glass container (canning jars are great), then place somewhere sunny and let "brew". I cover the top with plastic wrap and then the lids so the vinegar doesn't rust. When it gets to the desired scent just strain back into the original vinegar container. I was worried about the purple color staining my clothes but it as long as you don't pour it directly on the clothes its fine. I have a front loader washer and everything goes in at the top. Let me know how you like it.
Rose
Comment by Rose M Emmons on June 6, 2009 at 9:54am
I have used Seventh Generation also for years. I use the Free and Clear and add 1 cup of white vinegar to the wash cycle. This eliminates the need for fabric softener. I make a scented vinegar with lavendar and it is great for sheets in the summer when they are hung to dry. Doesn't take much to fall asleep after that.
Rose
Comment by Damon Lettich on June 3, 2009 at 8:49pm
Cara - Here is the recipe. If you try it and it doesn't work well let me know. My wife didn't have the best lof uck the first time, but now she is a pro!

Homemade Laundry Detergent:

1/3 bar fels naphtha
1/2 c washing soda
1/2 c Borax
2 gal distilled water

Grate the soap (cheese grater) and put it in a pot with 6 cups of water over medium heat. Heat until the soap melts. Add washing soda and Borax until dissolved. Let set for 5 minutes over medium heat stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let it set for 5 minutes. Using a funnel, put equal amounts in 2 gallon jugs. fill each jug with warm distilled water. Let the soap set for 24 hours.

Good luck! Let me know if it works for you.

Damon
Comment by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on May 31, 2009 at 7:38am
Thanks Damon! Posting a laundry detergent recipe is sure to make a greener Indiana.
Comment by Damon Lettich on May 30, 2009 at 10:37pm
My wife makes her own laundry detergent that seems to work great. It definitely cuts back on the amount plastic containers we consume. Let me know if you are interested in how she makes it.
Comment by Eric Stallsmith on May 29, 2009 at 10:23am
We have used 7th generation laundry detergent for many years and it works well and it about the same price as tide. It is on sale at krogers.

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