Easy “Natural” laundry soap

4If you are planing to change a few things around your home to remove and reduce chemicals and toxins, this is the easiest way to start. Clean your cloths without synthetic dyes or perfumes that can be extremely harmful to people with sensitive skin or allergies.  You will never go back to those pricey store bought laundry soaps again.

I started making this laundry soap over 6 years ago and still make it using just a few “back to basic” ingredients.

3We buy Eco-Pioneer products that we use for almost everything to clean our home. You will need:

Pure Soap Flakes (made from vegetable oils)- Forces out dirt
Pure Washing Soda- Cuts grease and softens water
Pure Baking Soda- A Natural deodorizer
Borax- Kills germs and whitens

We buy these products through Well.ca but you can find most of these ingredients at your local grocery store.

Here is the easiest DIY natural laundry soap.

In a large bowl I mix:

    • 1 cup of Soap flakes
    • half cup of Borax
    • half cup of Baking soda
    • half cup of washing soda

Add a teaspoon of your favorite essential oil and mix up very well. Best scents for laundry are Sweet orange, Lemon, Lime, Peppermint, Grapefruit, Tea tree, etc.

Once you have mixed up your laundry soap, store it in an air tight jar to keep the essential oils locked in.

2This will last you many, many washings. I add 2 to 4 tablespoons in about 2 cups of hot water to dissolve it before adding  into the wash, this helps dissolve it since I wash with cold water. I add vinegar to the final rinse to soften the cloths and to help remove any soap residue. Please note that you will not get a lot of bubbles, but it’s not needed since your cloths will come out nice and clean. This is a great laundry soap for cloth diapers, babies clothing, people with sensitive skin, and will work with HE washing machines as well.

HAPPY LAUNDRY DAY!

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One size Organic Hemp Contour

It’s been some time making these one size Hemp contours. Many customers have been ordering them lately, so I’ve made a few small changes.

This is my first color collection and I wanted to start with the gender neutral.

Earthy, clean, simple colors came to mind.

These one size contours work with pins or a snappi.

$18.00 Each now for sale in my SHOP.

How to make my pants to fit over cloth diapers.

I have been making this style of pants for a few years now. I have never given them a name and I do not have a pattern for these. No one pair is alike as I decide on the finished pants according to the sweater or shirt. I just cut and sew.

Hopefully I can show you all just how I make these. Enjoy and have fun.

First, measure the inseam of the pants you already use for your baby. If you want the inseam longer, add an inch. My boy is 7 months and his inseam is around 9″.

These style of pants are made with the arms of a sweater or shirt. I am using a wool sweater for this tutorial. Cut off the arms at the top so you have as much material to work with as possible.

First, line up both arms, one on top of the other. I align the seam in the arms to the inside of the legs. Start with the “inseam” measurement and make a mark with your scissors or pin of what will become the inside crotch area .   As shown above!

For the rise (length of  measurement above the inseam) I add about 8″ giving me a total of 16″. [ for my 7 month old I make the total inseam and rise length between 16″ and 18″]  I then cut a curve from the previous inseam mark to not quite the center of the top of the arm piece. As shown above!

Next the center crotch Panel…..

Take the off-cuts from the arms and line them up. Cut away the bottom scrap. With the pieces still lined up try to cut as large a rectangle as you can to create your crotch panels. You can decide how wide you want your center to be.

  Take the 2 pieces  and serge them together at one end to make your crotch panel.

Now take one leg panel and line up the seam of the crotch panel to the inseam of the leg and pin into place. Pin the crotch panel into place along each side of the cutout in the leg. Don’t worry if the panel is a bit shorter or longer at the top as this will be trimmed even later..

Serge the panel to the leg piece. Then go through the same process for the opposite leg. Hopefully the photos shown above will help you see the steps.

                                     I am using the turtle neck portion of this sweater for the waistband. If you do not have this in your sweater, cut out a panel from your sweater or from another.

 I like my waistband at least 2″ high or higher. This is cut with a 4″ height so when I fold it, I get 2″. Make sure the waistband is the same length as the opening at the top of your longies.

 

Pin the waistband to the top of your longies.You can add a wide elastic inside at this point if you need one.

Serge them together, and your longies are finished.

Organic Printed Jersey. Newborn Cloth diaper sets.

Don’t miss out on these organic newborn sets. Only a few will be made with this organic German made knit.

Certified organic hemp fleece and terry. Unbleached elastics at the legs and back. These are side snap design with a center fold down for babies cord. Comes with a 3 layer hemp doubler. Soft, sweet and organic. Makes a wonderful gift.

Busy designing and creating

I’ve been having loads of fun with stripes lately. I prefer natural and simple looks for everything particularly when it comes to diapering. It just makes sense to buy diapering that is gender neutral. Why have cloth diapers and covers that are too boyish or girly. Buying gender neutral diapering saves you money if you plan on having more than 1 child. Clean, natural looks are timeless as well.

These organic Hemp/cotton with an outer cotton stripe fit from birth to potty trained, adding another money saving feature.

I was kept busy completing custom orders for Wool Wraps this week.  I love creating these and the woodland motif is my favorite. We live here in the Highlands so our surrounds inspire me to make these. Not only our surroundings, but my children and Husband. Many German books and tales include stories of woodland animals and characters.

I have many more started and will post them soon.

Enhancing Babies Motion

Silas has been rolling over the past few days but with a flat mat on the wooden floor he tends to hit his head and the fun is suddenly over. Sad tears, he hasn’t been enjoying the floor lately. We like to put Silas on the floor for most of the day so I had to make him his very own play pad. It is natural, soft and can be used long beyond his rolling stage.

Pure Wool Filled mat, hand tufted with an organic washable hemp/cotton muslin cover.

This play mat can also be used for him to nap on. Rolled up, I can take it outdoors and it will also be a great pad for camping. When he’s older this can become a warm blanket or a pad to snuggle on.  He already loves it.

Here’s Silas in motion.

Giggles all around. The pad will provide soft landings for his noggin and a comfortable surface to scout out his surroundings.  While playing on his pad it is also important that his clothing be simple and loose fitting. Loads of room to enable rolling, kicking, stretching, crawling and overall freedom. I’ve made more recycled cotton pants using the same pattern I created for my recycled wool diaper covers. These pants are made from re-purposed cotton jersey shirts.

I’ve been loving the strips lately.

Here’s a sneak peek in the studio.

New striped one size cotton and organic hemp fitted diapers.

Recycled Striped cotton jersey shirts to be turned into comfy pants for babies.

Felted Wool dryer balls

Felted Wool Dryer Balls

If you haven’t used wool dryer balls yet, you should!

WHY USE WOOL DRYER BALLS?

These are Eco friendly
They help cut down on the drying time, saving you money on your energy bill.
Dryer balls reduce static in your laundry. Now, no more need to use harsh chemicals like fabric softeners and dryer sheets. The  balls will toss about and create better airflow between your items, absorb moisture and soften as they go.
I use 3 balls in a smaller load.
6 balls should be used in a larger load.

Yes… these are wonderful for cloth diapers.
They soften the diapers and dry them much faster.

* You can add your very own scent before placing them in the dryer.
* You can give them to your baby as a natural toy.
* Makes a great gift to give.
* Add them to your nature table.

Why not just use dryer sheets?

 Dryer sheets are full of chemicals , dyes , and perfumes. All natural wool dryer balls are much more Eco friendly and a healthier alternative to dryer sheets, especially for people with allergies or those who are sensitive to perfumes. Dryer balls are also more cost effective, lasting much longer than dryer sheets.