Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
In my recent research over the past year or so for a laundry detergent I have been amazed at how economical these products are and how little you use. Just because it is 'green' and chemical-free (and dye free and fragrance free) doesn't mean you'll pay more. Added benefits?
bb= safe for baby clothes and cloth diapers
- = you use MUCH less than commercial brands
* = WAY better for your clothes, the environment, your skin
$ = cheaper than brands you buy at the store
scent = unscented (scents are usually chemically derived and actually build up on your clothes and combine to the chemical residue)
Here is the best I've found in a powdered form...
Wonder Wash (www.wonderwash.net) gets 80 loads per container and costs about $0.14 / load if you buy in bulk direct. You literally use 1 Tablespoon per load. There are no phosphates, dyes, perfumes, bleach, color, brighteners, whiteners, sulfates, chemicals, etc. Best on the market!
--> since my original post of this I have been to Superstore pricing out these other brands (including NO NAME) which are ALL more expensive than ordering Wonder Wash directly from their company. The only thing is that you had to buy a large quantity box... what I'm doing is ordering a bulk order and splitting it with 3 friends so we'll all pay $50 and have enough to last us about a year!!! Check the website for ordering info or you can order it locally in smaller quantities but it is much more expensive(:
For price point comparison...
Watkins Laundry Soap gets 80 loads per box and costs about $0.22 / load (great ingredients)
Malaleuca ($0.23 / load) -- looks pretty good for ingredients too
No Name Superstore $18+tax 150 loads ($0.14 / load) it's full of scents, fillers and other junk
Tide $24.40 90 loads ($0.31/ load)
In a blender place
1+ cup dates
2/3-1 cup boiling hot water
1 cup cashew pieces (much cheaper than whole ones)
1 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp lemon juice
¾ tsp salt
Allow to sit for 10-15 minutes. Puree until smooth.
In a large bowl combine
½ cup spelt / whole wheat flour
½ cup rolled oats
2 tsp baking powder
Pour pureed ingredients into the dry and stir to mix. Add desired ‘add ins’ (I use 1/2 bag of mini chocolate chocolate chips).
Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. YUMMY!
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Purchase Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap (unscented or peppermint is nice) from any healthy food store (I pay $9.99 for 472 mL). Use 1 part liquid soap with 3 parts water in a sudsing soap pump. The pictures shown here are (LEFT) a glass one purchased from Winners / Home Sense for about $10 and a plastic one (kids bathroom) purchased from Whole Foods.
$ = minimal... I guesstimate about $1 per fill in your soap dispenser
scent = 'choose your own adventure' scent... add any essential oil
ingredients = water, organic coconut & organic olive oil, organic hemp oil, organic jojoba oil, citric acid, vitamin E.
* This is great soap for the entire family... from babies to adults. We use it as hand soap, body wash and baby soap/shampoo. A little goes a long way!
My friend Tracy shared this wonderful recipe with me some time ago. We adapted the recipe slightly and have been hooked on this granola ever since!
3 cups rolled oats
2 cups rolled spelt
2 cups rolled kamut
6 Tbsp ground flax seed
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup coconut
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1 ¼ cups hot water
1/2 cup grape seed oil
2 tsp vanilla
In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients.
In a glass measuring cup combine the wet ingredients.
Pour wet ingredients over the dry and stir to combine.
Bake in a large baking dish for 1 hour at 250 F stirring every 15 minutes or so.
Watch out – this disappears almost as quickly as you make it!