The All-Natural, Eco-Friendly Way to Dry Laundry (Homestead Drying Racks Review & Giveaway!)

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One of the most delightful things about living life abroad this past year was that, almost everywhere we traveled, I had to line dry my laundry. How is that delightful, you ask? What sounded somewhat like a chore at first quickly became a cherished, ritual, liturgical part of the day. Walking outside and breathing in the fresh air. Stopping and quieting myself from whatever I was doing or surrounded by in the house. Methodically, soothingly, picking up one piece of laundry at a time, feeling […]

How Many Clothes Do Kids Really Need?

How Many Clothes Do Kids Really Need?- Keeper of the Home

By many people’s standards, I suppose my children don’t have that many clothes. I certainly don’t spend a lot of money buying clothes, and we sometimes have lean seasons where we run a bit low on boy’s shorts or wish we had just a couple more girl’s short sleeved shirts. The closet you see above is the hanging portion that contains three of our children’s shirts, sweaters, dresses and skirts (plus a few fancy dresses that hang above). What you see is basically what we […]

Benefits of Line Drying

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By Contributing Writer, Stacy Myers When we moved into this house, we were tickled pink to find that it came with a clothesline. Having lived in a townhouse in town for 8 years, I was eager to have yard space where I could do things like line-dry and raise chickens. Ahhhhhhhhhhh, livin’ the country life once again. I grew up on a farm, and I fondly remember my mom and my grandmother putting laundry out to dry every day. There is nothing on this earth […]

Forget the Bleach: How to Use the Sun to Whiten Your Whites

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As we move into our fifth month of traveling around the world, one of the parts of my routine that has been simplified due to necessity is the laundry… I’m lucky to even have a regular washing machine to use before hanging the clothes to dry (and the rest of the time, I’m hand washing in the sink, shower, or tub– whatever is available!). One of the things that got us through Europe with dry clothes are these handy towel-warming racks I’ve found in most […]

5 Ways to Detox Your Laundry Routine

5 Ways to Detox Your Laundry Routine

By Erin Odom, contributing writer It wasn’t long after I started my natural living journey that I realized that I needed to detox my laundry routine. Most conventional laundering supplies contain dyes, perfumes and many other toxins.  At first, I simply began using a free and clear detergent. But even those are not quite as pure as they may appear. The final push for me to fully detox my laundry routine was when I made the switch to cloth diapers. When I discovered that I […]

Homemade Laundry Powder: 3 Ingredients. 10 Minutes.

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I’ve been making a lot of my own cleaning and beauty products over the years, but for some reason, laundry detergent is one that I haven’t given a try until now. Now that I know how easy and inexpensive it is to make, I probably won’t be going back! This recipe actually comes from a good friend of mine. Renee and her family have lived overseas as missionaries for years and hope to be back on the field in the near future, so she’s always […]

How to Swish a Diaper in the Toilet and Your Other Cloth Diapering Questions Answered

An inside look at a wet bag

This post marks the end of our short, but hopefully helpful, series on dispelling some myths about why cloth diapering is actually easier than you think. I asked you for your cloth diapering questions, and you really let me have it! I couldn’t answer every single question, but I tried my best to make sure that all of the various topics were addressed, so here goes nothing… Q. So, my question is: what detergent do you use? Do you use this for all your laundry? […]

Dispelling the Myths: Why Cloth Diapering is Truly Easier Than it Seems

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I’ve been cloth diapering for over 6 years, but I still sometimes find myself surprised by the strange looks and the mistaken opinions that most people have when the topic arises. I want to dispel some myths in what will be a short but hopefully clarifying series on cloth diapering. In my experience I have found that using cloth dipes is simply not: More expensive More disgusting More time consuming More inconvenient For hippies only :) Today I will begin by addressing two of the […]