For a couple of years I have been focussing on what we bring in to our home - organic whole foods for instance.
But a whole 'nother side to green living is what leaves our home. Recycling is a religion in this home and is composting.
But what goes out our home down the drain is another area that needs to be addressed. For a year we have only used biodegradable products commonly known here as Golden Products.
I also switched from laundry soap to the Biowash Ball. It is great, a bit pricey to start out with as I have a 10 kg washer which needed two balls but over the 3 - 4 yrs that we will use it, it will save us money.
What if you cannot afford either Golden Products or a Biowash Ball? Basic green cleaning recipes are easy and cheap to make. Vinegar, Bicarb and a couple of other simple ingredients make the basic for most of them.
Here's how to make your own laundry soap:
1 large bar or pure soap (Sunlight soap for SA folks or Fels Naptha for the USA folks)
1 cup of washing soda
1 cup of borax
Grate your soap.
Mix it all together and use 2 scoops per full load. I use 3 in my big machine when I don't want to use my Ball.