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11 Low-Tech & Simple Methods for Washing Clothes More Sustainably

Eco friendly laundry tips
Friday, January 24, 2014, 7:41 PM

Some interesting ideas and tips to make sure the laundry gets clean while reducing costs, water use, and chemical exposures.

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Growing Your Own Soapnut Tree

A nice tree addition to a permaculture plan
Thursday, October 3, 2013, 5:04 PM

A great discussion of how to grow a soapnut tree. If your climate and water conditions are right, consider adding one to your landscaping/garden preparations. » Read more

What Should I Do?

Photos by Nguyen Thi Thuy Trang

Doing Laundry with Less

A different perspective on getting the wash done
Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 11:10 AM

Let's talk about laundry!

It seems to me that those collapse-conscious folks who don't ignore the topic of laundry either anticipate a grueling regime of boiling clothes with homemade lye soap, beating clothes on a rock in a stream, or else getting used to living in filth and squalor. Hard as it is to believe for folks who grew up with the convenience of automatic washers and dryers and listening to tales of the bad old days of starch and lye, wringer washers, and/or boiling vats, there is a completely different, totally reasonable tradition of clothes washing that I've observed during the time that I've been in Vietnam. » Read more