As we try to reduce our footprints on the planet, we are taking steps to reduce our impact on the environment and our waste. As I mentioned in a previous entry, we bought a water-saving (22 gal) and energy saving washing machine. The next step was trying to reduce the use of detergents in the wash, and we stumbled across TWILIGHT LAUNDRY APPLIANCES (read morehere)

One bag, they say, lasts a lifetime and cleans your clothes without the use of any cleaning agent. We were a bit skeptical at first, so we tried out a load of laundry and were pleasantly surprised! The clothes came out clean smelling and really soft. The clothes weren’t badly soiled, but when they are we can use a small bit of eco-friendly, biodegradable laundry powder or castile soap. This is a great find!!! It will allow us now to directly re-use the water from the machine in the yard. (Note: this non-soapy “grey” water will only be applied to fruit trees, vines & perennials. It will not be used on lettuces or any greens that are to used in salads.).

We are using a solar dryer (aka the CLOTHESLINE) and have been for many years now… but are we criminals breaking the law? Check out DOONESBRRY’S weeklong series spoofing California Homeowners Associations who ban the “unsightly” clothesline…. you’ll get a good chuckle out of it. Another good link is PROJECT LAUNDRY LIST

Weather Report: It stopped raining, but still cloudy and overcast.

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