Laundry on the Line

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It’s finally dry and warm enough to hang laundry on the line again!  For us, this one of the true harbingers of Spring. We so love the smell and feel of sheets, towels and clothes hung in the sunny air to dry! We’ve been experimenting with different homemade laundry soaps in our attempt to eliminate toxic chemicals from our little corner of the world. So far, our favorite is an adaptation of a recipe made with soap nuts, water, and essential oils.  We make our version in a large batch and like a citrus-y scent–we think it goes great with sun dried laundry!

Citrus Laundry Soap

Put 25-30 soap nuts in a large kettle or pan and add 1 gallon hot tap water. Put this on the stove and turn to medium high heat.  When the mixture starts to steam, turn the heat down to medium and let simmer for one hour.

Remove from heat and strain into a large glass jar (we use gallon jars like the ones used for cider or vinegar).

Add 10-15 drops each: grapefruit, sweet orange, and lemon essential oils. Put on a lid and shake carefully to combine.

This will keep for a couple months, but will likely need to be shaken a bit periodically.  We use about 1/4 cup per load of laundry. This can be combined with other detergents or soaps, if you’d like, but it works just fine on its own.

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