Back on the topic of sustainablity again, prompted by my mini soap box on consumerism over at clutter punk.
Some of the things I have been making at home to reduce our purchasing and waste. Here is my homemade laundry powder. I love this so much - it smells fresh, does not irritate anyones skin and is kind to the environment. Also cheaper and less packaging - great!
I mix a few cups of Lux flakes with a bar of grated Sards soap (I grate it in my food processor for ease and to prevent bloodied finger tips) and a few cups of washing soda and about 20 drops lavender oil. Mix it all up and pop in a lovely canister (who said doing the washing was a bore?).
One can buy all these ingredients at the supermarket in the laundry aisle
I have also been whipping up some concoctions for me. I made these lovely blue flannels from an old muslin baby wrap last night. I use them with my homemade facial cleanser, instead of makeup removal wipes. The cleanser is 2 parts sweet almond oil, 1 part castile soap and about 10 drops of essential oil (I use lavender or rosemary). It is a great cleanser, even removing eye makeup and does not dry out my skin.
I also scent castile soap with essential oils and use as a body and hand wash. Castile soap can be bought fairly inexpensively in large bottles from ebay and other online soap makers.