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The Facts on High Efficiency Washing Machines

High Efficiency, or HE machines, can be top loading or front loading washing machines. Top-loading models look like standard machines from the outside, but like their front-loading cousin, they use different maymvwb750ywtypes of washing action to get clothes clean using less water and energy. Front-loading models are similar to machines used in Laundromats, which lift and drop clothing into the water instead of rubbing clothes around an agitator.

Many HE machines have sensors to monitor incoming water temperature and the weight of the load. They also rinse clothes with repeated high-pressure spraying instead of soaking them in a full tub of water.

Both top-loading and front-loading ENERGY STAR certified washers save resources such as gas, electricity, and water. They utilize faster spin cycles to extract more water out of the laundry, reducing dryer time and energy use.

HE Facts

Water

Traditional machines generally require enough water to cover all the … Read More

Cloth Diaper Safe Laundry Detergents

We have a list of recommended laundry detergents, but sometimes those detergents are not available to all consumers. These detergents will be free from brighteners, dyes, chemical fragrance, bleach, and fabric Fabric softenersofteners; as well as harsh ingredients. We wanted to give you another list of detergents that are CD safe, which you should be able to find at local grocery or discount stores. Of course, if you are close to a cloth diaper store, I would see what they carry first!

One of these should be available locally:

 

Bi-O-Kleen All Temperature, Liquid 

Bi-O-Kleen Laundry Liquid

ECOS Baby

ECOS Free & Clear 

ECOS Laundry Liquid

Dropps Liquid Laundry Pacs Dye and Scent Free

Tide Free (contains Brighteners)

 

The above detergents will be safe to use on cloth diapers, as will our list of recommended laundry detergents:

 

Allens Naturally Liquid*

Country Save Liquid

Ecover Liquid*

Ecover Powder*

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Recipes for My Three Most-Used Home-made Cleaning Products

English: No name baking soda

For the past six months I’ve been researching, mixing up and trying out different recipes for cleaning products that are easy and economical to make. Here’s what I’m now using:

Homemade Dishwashing Detergent (Powdered):
2 cups of Borax
2 cups of Baking Soda
1/4 cup of Lemi Shine

Lemi Shine is simply crystalized citric acid. I had never heard of it but found it right in the dishwasher detergent aisle at my regular grocery store. It helps to cut grease and is anti-bacterial. It also helps to prevent water spots on the rinse cycle.

Homemade Laundry Detergent (not safe to use on cloth diapers)
3 cups of Super Washing Soda
3 cups of Borax
1 cup of Oxygen Booster
3 Bars of Ivory Soap, grated

I am also using soap nuts which I really like but I wanted to try making another option just to see how … Read More

My Soap Nuts Have Arrived!

I just got my first box of soap nuts, also known as soap berries, in the mail. I wrote a blog on them several months ago and had been meaning to buy some. I couldn’t find any locally but truth be told, I didn’t look very hard. I ended up ordering some online…my favorite kind of shopping– in my jammies with out pushing a shopping cart with children clinging to the sides or begging for junk. I ordered a box of Eco Nuts.

When the package finally arrived a few days later, I marveled at how light it was. The box of Eco Nuts was small, about the size of a large grapefruit except square. It said it contained enough soap nuts for 100 loads of laundry. It had cost about the same as the liquid detergent I usually buy, $11.50 plus tax. The detergent I buy will … Read More