[quote=Crash] Does anyone else have any experience with either grey-water recycling or natural soaps? [/quote]
Nice to see you knocking around the threads, Crash.
Castile Soap works really well for many personal hygiene and household uses. I buy the organic one offered by Rose Mountain Herb, in 5 gallon buckets. Using castile soap as a base, you can make everything from laundry soap to shampoo. There are plenty of "recipes" online. You’ll probably have to experiment a bit until you get the product you want.
Castile soap does not lather as well as detergents generally do, and it does not have the industrial grease-cutting power that some detergents do. But it is safe, both for us, and for the environment.
I keep a number of bulk items on hand from which I make homemade deodorant, toothpaste, dishwashing compound, laundry soap, and so on. Calcium carbonate, olive oil, glycerine, baking soda, washing soda, borax, castile soap, white and apple cider vinegar, and a variety of essential oils are a few of the ingredients I always keep on hand. From them, I can make most of the personal care and household cleaners I need, as I need them, and I don’t have to worry about the toxicity of unidentified or unpronouncible ingredients or the toxic preservatives that are required for mass produced and mass marketed products. (One caveat: Although boron is a trace element needed by both plants and humans, I would avoid putting laundry water with borax in the garden, as it can also be toxic to both humans and plants in large amounts).
Hope this helps.
I’ve been knocking around here and there…
I was looking around the internet for recipes and although Castile soap looked pretty neat, I was trying to avoid Lye. Now it seems that one can’t make ‘proper’ soap without it (or some other harsh base) so I wanna grow soapwort and use it direct (by boiling it). I figure that although the lye is no longer harmful once it has been through the saponification process, I am assuming that it is pretty un-eco friendly to produce.
Soapwort has sapon in it which apparently will make it lather when boiled or soaked. how cool would it be to just go out and grab a handfull of your soapwort every morning and wash with it!?
I would very much like to see them recipes for "homemade deodorant, toothpaste, dishwashing compound, laundry soap, and so on" you have as well