“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”

Ralph  Waldo Emerson


I recently found myself wondering the aisles of Walmart, desperately seeking environmentally friendly items. “See, Denise”, my husband nervously says as I grab a jar of Newman’s Own salsa. “Newman’s is good… right?”. He suggests that he goes down the cleaning supplies aisle without me so I don’t go into an endless tirade or have a complete mental breakdown when I find they have REALLY stopped selling Seventh Generation laundry detergent. My intention was to buy the ingredients for making our own laundry soap but they were missing a component – the essential castile soap. Instead, we stared at the Zola soap from Mexico, or whatever the hell it was called, trying to decide if it’s short but suspicious list of ingredients in Spanish and the cardboard container instead of plastic was a superior environmental choice. “Do you think we could skip the castile soap just this one time?”, I ask my husband, desperate to avoid this paramount decision. This is where the laughter quiets and he tells me that he is very firm on the clean clothes thing.

After putting the smallest bottle of All Free and Clear in the cart with a mental note that this my last bottle of laundry detergent I will ever buy, we are on our way. My husband shows good heart when he stops by the baby and medical sections for one last look for castile soap but no luck. Procter and Gamble owns the friggin place. Don’t worry though because I decided that very day that Mother Nature is kinda like a superhero, and one of these days, she is going to get sick of all of this @#$@ed up greed and she’s gonna kick Walmart’s ass. Maybe now I really will stay out of there.

I did end up buying 3 of the 4 ingredients to make my own laundry soap. A friend had gifted me with home-made laundry soap last year and I loved it. It wasn’t just about the contents of the soap, or the millions of plastic containers that won’t be floating in the ocean; it was the mindful love, patience and slowed-downness (yep, not a word) that I felt each time I washed clothes. There was art and heart in my laundry detergent, instead of that anxious feeling I get when I accept what shouldn’t be accepted. If you would like to join me on my joy filled journey to lessen my footprint on this planet and save a little money, here is the very simple recipe:

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6 Comments on “Slowed-downness

  1. Simple enough recipe and I have all of those ingredients on hand. Worth a try. I agree that Wal-Mart is a stressful store.


  2. It is indeed very satisfying to make your own laundry soap. I use a similar, slightly simpler recipe: 1 bar plain, unscented soap, 1 cup borax, 1 cup washing soda. It works very well, but I like the idea of trying the blend you share here too! So glad you didn’t lose your mind 🙂


  3. Love this post 🙂 And love that homemade soap, it’s saving us this week as it’s too cold to go out. I’m so sorry you couldn’t find castille soap! We’ve used Ivory in a pinch, but the castille stuff smells so much better!


  4. Would you rather not know that borax must be open-pit mined from the earth? I’m thinking soap is over rated. Maybe we should be using just castille on the spots and a bit of vinegar for the stinkies? And then there are those who have quit using shampoo. I’ve considered it. I hear the transition is involves many bad hair days, but once through it, they say their hair is great. Let me know how that goes for you. =)


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