Laundry / Guides

Detergent-free eco friendly Laundry balls
Cleaning and maintenance

Do Laundry balls work?

...laundry soap as well as Tru-Earth Laundry strips which we reviewed here , and since we are forever on the search for non-toxic home cleaning products , I decided to give wash balls a try. “Laundry wash balls wash clothes well and save money” – do they? The brand I purchased (which shall remain nameless) promises fi...

Tru Earth Eco strips laundry detergent reviews
Lifestyle and environment

Tru Earth Eco-Strip laundry soap reviewed as a liquid laundry detergent alternative

...laundry jugs of laundry detergent any more - and we also happen to love how our laundry now simply smells clean - rather than an ersats Alpine meadow! We also gained some space, no longer have a sticky trail of laundry detergent goo all over the laundry room, and only buy the amount of laundry detergent that we need ...

Making home made DIY laundry detergent from buckeyes or horse chestnuts
Lifestyle and environment

How to make Eco-friendly DIY Buckeye / Horse Chestnut laundry soap

...laundry soap? Making laundry soap from Horse Chestnets or Buckeyes is easy if you follow these simple steps - this is about the number needed for 6 x 64 oz jugs of laundry detergent (200 loads appx): This 6" layer of horse chestnuts or buckeyes will produce around 6 x 64 oz jugs of laundry detergent Once yo...

Green cleaning products
Healthy indoor air quality

6 easy steps to detoxify your home

...laundry detergent are easily found in biodegradable, phosphate-free and unscented varieties. 2.) Dispose of leftover paint. It can be hard to let go of leftover matching colours, but if you have a bunch of cans you are pretty sure you won't use again, get rid of them. It is near impossible to get an airtight seal o...

Installing a rainwater catment system
Rainwater Collection & Watering

Installing a rainwater catchment system

...laundry, showers and toilets; for increased water independance. What size of water tank should I choose? Get the biggest tank you can fit in your garden. As a rule of thumb, about 25,000 litres of storage is considered enough for a small family to be nearly self sufficient for normal domestic usage. The storage...

A Vancouver laneway house
Flexible house design

Flexible house design

...laundry facilities can save you from having to negotiate stairs as part of your daily routine. If you do plan to keep all bedrooms on the second floor, consider reinforcing stairways to allow for lifts, or vertically aligned closets framed for future vertical lifts. Other features to think about: Wiring upper f...

How to Find & Order In-Stock Essential Products Online COVID-19 & Coronavirus

Life Hacks to help stay Eco during COVID-19 Quarantine & Ordering Online

...laundry detergent & moisturizer under baby stuff, these great laundry detergent strips here and here , (and that we tested and reviewed Tru Earth laundry strips here ) wipes under Baby Products and in Health & Household, we found a few sanitizers and priority products in personal-care appliances that made some of the t...

Hydraloop gray water recovery and treatment systems
Greywater Recycling

At last, a compact & easy to maintain solution for gray water recycling & treatment - the Hydraloop

...laundry, but not kitchen sinks or toilets. That’s known as "black" water and there is no secondary use that you’re going to want that for - except for possible subsoil irrigation for garden shrubs and lawns where it's allowed - because plants are pretty useful for reducing nitrate content too. Graywater is more easil...

Quarantine DIY Projects to do with Kids - Refinishing Wood

Home improvement projects to do with kids - Refinishing wood

...laundry, doing dishes, cooking, baking, cleaning, repairing, building… take advantage of the time and show them how to do stuff. Might as well get a little help out of the deal :) And, talking of coffee, discover here why to never put coffee grounds on the plants in the garden . And if I may quote Principal Skinner, ...

The high performance almost ZNE Warburg house by bioi - built for under $100,00
Efficient home design

A High Performance Home on a Shoe String Budget (Almost ZNE!)

...laundry, and storage. Windows and skylights are positioned to take full advantage of the natural light from the southern exposure, and are detailed with extruded wooden frames that accentuate their placement and views. To provide comfortable living in a small space, the Warburg house is essentially divided into two h...

Reduce water consumption with residential gray water recycling systems
Plumbing and water heaters

Gray water recycling

...laundry. Not a very attractive sounding mix is it? Despite that, gray water is a valuable resource that can be filtered, treated and reused. In Canada, few of us are impacted as of yet by the realities of the global water crisis, but much of the world is. The UNESCO International Hydrological Programme , for example,...