When I worked in Manhattan I made a lot of trip to the dry cleaners. Wool skirt and pants, silk blouses, cashmere sweaters...all needed to be dry cleaned. I also bought a lot of pantyhose that needed to be handwashed. But doing actual laundry, in a washing machine, not so much. I got home so late from work each night, I often just changed out of my work clothes right into my pajamas. So the hamper didn't fill up very quickly.
Fast forward a few years to life on our farm. Now, the only pantyhose I use are to store onion garlic bulbs in the pantry.
But I seems that every time I go outside, I end up covered in mud, dirt, grass or berry stains, or chicken poop. If there's mud the ducks will find it - and if there is none, they will be sure and make some.
I find myself going out to cut some mint for tea and before I know it, I am kneeling in the soft warm dirt doing some weeding. Or I go down to collect eggs and end up with a few chickens in my lap. I dig worms for the ducks and cut weeds for the chickens. Of course when it rains everything is muddy...
Farming is dirty work!
We also live in the South now so even just sitting outside in the evening in the summer ensures that whatever my husband is wearing ends up as a sweaty, bug-spray covered ball in the hamper.
Our laundry room was painted a pistachio green that sort of reminded me of a hospital. I chose instead a pretty lavender paint and decided to go with black & white toile accents. I found everything except the paint secondhand on ebay or etsy.
This was just a mini makeover...new paint, cafe curtains on the window, a coordinating throw rug, a new ironing board cover and matching switch plates, a few accessories to match the lavender and black & white toile motif and I was done. The new brushed steel front-load washer and dryer will have to wait - at least for now.
In an effort to reduce the chemicals we use on a daily basis, I have decided as part of the 'makeover' to also stop using commercial laundry products and instead start making my own (also cheaper and better for the environment).
In my next blog post I will share some easy homemade DIY recipes for laundry detergent (powder and gel), stain remover, fabric softener and bleach alternative using common household products. There are loads of these recipes on Pinterest and elsewhere online, so I sorted through them to come up with easy recipes that really do work.
Now that I have a serene, inviting laundry room, I am ready to start filling up these vintage canisters with some homemade cleaning products.
|~instead of flour, sugar and tea...I'm thinking detergent powder, Borax and baking soda~|
Stay tuned for Laundry Room Makeover Part Two for the recipes and how-to.