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  1. Family Life
    Laundry can be a nightmare for parents, but large families face a daunting task. Here are some ways to make it less frustrating. Laundry is a household chore that I've always enjoyed until we had more children than adults. As our kids grew larger, their clothes took up more space in the washer...
  2. Frugality & Finances
    I picked this tip up from my grandmother. When hand washing those clothing items that require it, you don't actually have to squish your clothes in detergent water with your hand. You can use a toilet plunger (one that has never been used in a toilet, obviously). I use the simple brick...
  3. Breastfeeding
    Do you know of nontoxic, chemical free ways to easily remove lanolin, coconut oil, grapeseed oil, and possibly essential oils from clothing and fabric? (The essential oils might be a problem although I'm not entirely sure if they are a culprit.) Lanolin, coconut oil, grapeseed oil, and a...
  4. Diapering
    Greetings all! My wife and I have started a Diaper Service laundering and delivering cloth diapers to most of Sonoma County. We are using: unbleached, all natural cotton prefold diapers cleansing enzymes (a more natural alternative to traditional detergents) no chlorine bleach (we use oxy-brite...
  5. The Mindful Home
    Do you know of nontoxic, chemical free ways to easily remove lanolin, coconut oil, grapeseed oil, and possibly essential oils from clothing and fabric? (The essential oils might be a problem although I'm not entirely sure if they are a culprit.) Lanolin, coconut oil, grapeseed oil, and a...
  6. The Mindful Home
    <p>DH is a law enforcement park ranger.  This means body armor and Gore-Tex, polypropylene, body odor and exhaust from ATVs, snowmachines/snowmobiles and chain saws (2 cycle).  Otherwise known as the super-funk.</p> <p> </p> <p>I need advice on de-odorizing. In the past I've done a series of...
  7. The Mindful Home
    <p>Two weeks from today we move into our new house.  We are leaving our washer and dryer behind and plan to purchase new ones once we get down there.  I just have NO clue what to get.  I know it doesn't make much of a difference, but we will be on a septic system and using well water.  If we...
  8. Family Life
    Awoke to a forecast of hot and dry. So I washed my new favorite (went Goodwill shopping Saturday) sleeveless white shirt, then hung it on the clothesline to dry, jumped into the shower, and-voilà!-hopped out of the shower and into a clean, dry, cool shirt. # Photo: How can laundry on a...
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