So as you all know we decided a few weeks back to include the cost of cleaning materials in our £50 per week budget. Now this seems ok so far but when we published the photos of our shopping it was pointed out that our washing liquid choice from our local household shop wasn’t very environmentally friendly.
Now……… this project is all about shopping locally and supporting David rather than Goliath so in this way our washing choices were ok. But….. it would seem that when you start a journey such as ours you actually open up a can of worms in terms of your own ethics. Now when we shopped in supermarkets we would buy whichever washing liquid was the best smelling for the best price (don’t hate us we just wanted to smell nice). If we are really honest in the past we never really gave it a thought (oops) but this journey has really changed us and when it was pointed out that our washing choices weren’t the best we hung our heads in a tiny bit of shame.
We did a spot of googling and found there are more ethically brands out there but if we are really honest we didn’t really get any further than this. Then…….. one of our lovely readers got in touch to say they use Soapnuts, they are great and would we like them to send a sample? Well….. our answer was of course ‘Yes Please’ and so today when Lizzie and Becksie returned from our baby singing group the postman brought us a little package!
We ripped it open to find a lovely note, a really cute lavender bag and…………a bag of soap nuts!
Now…….. Becksie was very excited and could hardly wait to do some washing – SADDO! So we took our dirty clothes, our lavender essential oil (we still want to smell lovely) and some of the washing nuts.
Simple really all you do is put the clothes in the machine, add 6 – 8 nuts in a little washing bag, some drops of oil and…….. wash as normal.
Lovely clean washing (that’s worth an exclamation surely)! Now we have to admit we thought that the washing wouldn’t smell nice nut…. it smells really fresh and lavendary, our clothes are really soft, the nuts are reusable (up to 6 washes if you dry them out between washes) and when they’ve done their washing time they can be composted so…….. they are very eco friendly. You can find out more about them here and purchase them here.
So a few things to say firstly a huge thank you to Hazel who sent them to us! Secondly Team Pugh are Soap nuts converts! We give them a HUGE thumbs up!