A simple washroom

Simple laundry organisationBeyond going without a dryer and using natural washing powders, there are a few washing rituals that help to make the laundry a more sustainable place:

+ A washing day. Rather than doing little loads all week,  a less taxing strategy is to wash larger loads all at once. I tend to have a washing day at the start of the week while Ol’s at school so I don’t spend the time I have with him worrying about the washing, but rather focusing on much more important things… like playing trains…

+ Choose reusables and natural materials. Forgo the cleaning wipes for a few thick cloths and a bit of home made spray, plus I always try to choose wooden scrubbing brushes over plastic ones when it’s time to replace the old ones… I don’t feel so bad throwing an old wooden brush away knowing that it will take about 5 years to biodegrade, over about 500 for a plastic one. One of my favourite sayings in life is that the truth is in the feeling… whether it’s a job that you love, a person you love to spend time with, or just picking a wooden scrubbing brush, it applies to all manner of decisions…

+ Basic cleaning products. Just a little bit of vinegar and bi-carb can solve most cleaning challenges around the home. To naturally clean a washing machine, pour half a cup of plain vinegar together with a bit of bi carb soda directly into the drum and run an empty wash on the drum clean setting.

+ Laundry soap. Forget the pricey spray bottles; a bar of plain old laundry soap and a bit of elbow grease tends to remove most stains from your clothes. I recently picked up a cube of Savon de Marseille – this laundry soap has been working wonders for French women since 1668.. yes that’s more than 350 years…

+ Use less. I once heard from an appliance expert that we actually only need a teaspoon or two of powder for the washing machine (same for the dishwasher), apparently it’s better for your machine (and the environment), it also makes your powder last a lot longer and the results are the same. I tend to buy natural washing and dishwashing powder from the bulk store but still use a traditional powder for nappies and sports gear – in times of great need.

+ Take a leaf out of Nan’s book. One of my fondest memories of my Nanna – apart from the generous roasts that she used to cook with all of the trimmings, is seeing her in her floral apron, sweeping the kitchen with a broom, and often muttering thoughts to herself as she worked through problems in her head to the rhythms of the sweeping. Most of the time I’m cleaning when a little one is asleep so choosing the broom over the vacuum isn’t just a nicer way to clean but also contributes a calmer sense of home overall.

A word on towels. Earlier this year we donated most of our thick heavy towels and replaced them with thinner ones that will dry quicker in the winter time. Muji has some really nice waffle towels on offer, together will a lot of other really neat things for around the home…

2 thoughts on “A simple washroom”

  1. Definitely agree with you regarding sweeping as opposed to vacuuming. Ours floors are much cleaner and sweeping is also good exercise.

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