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October 19, 2011

Laundry Room Makeover

My laundry room is in my garage. I know…not fun. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. The other day, I announced to my husband that I will choose to be thankful that I have a laundry room and that I don’t have to beat my clothes on rocks. Choosing thankfulness is always better than complaining. But, I’ve decided that my laundry nook can definitely use some sprucing up. Just because it shares a room with the lawn mower, doesn’t mean that it needs to look like it.

I’m not brave enough to share my creepy looking laundry nook with you. But, here are some inspiration pictures that I’ve been looking at.

Design Sponge

Little Green Notebook

And, with laundry on the brain, I decided to find out how I can be more “eco-friendly” in this department. I found a really good article here, and these are a few of their tips:

1. Wear clothes that aren’t dirty more than once. Uh…check. I totally follow this rule, but not out of environmental consciousness.

2. Use green laundry detergent or make your own. Here are a few recipes that I found on YoungHouseLove:

Powdered Laundry Detergent:

  • 1 c. grated Fels Naptha soap
  • ½ c. washing soda
  • ½ c. borax

For light load, use 1 tablespoon. For heavy or soiled load, use 2 tablespoons.

Liquid Laundry Detergent:

  • 3 pints water
  • 1/3 bar Fels Naptha soap, grated
  • ½ c. washing soda
  • ½ c. borax
  • 2 gallon bucket
  • 1 quart hot water

Mix soap in saucepan with 3 pints of water. Heat on low until dissolved. Stir in soda and borax until thickened. Remove from heat. Add 1 quart hot water to bucket, then soap mixture, mix well. Fill rest of bucket with hot water, mix and let sit for 24 hours. Use ½ c. per laundry load.

3. Use an energy efficient washer. Confession: I don’t own one, yet. Chances are, I won’t own one any time soon. Work with what you’ve got and do the best you can.

4. Hang clothes to dry. I would say that I hang 80% of my clothes to dry. Not only does this cut down on energy use, but it really makes my clothes stay in better condition and last longer.

Wish me luck as I attempt to spruce up my little space. I saw another chandelier (similar to the red one in the picture) at Goodwill. With a little spray paint and some new lights, it would be a great addition. Any thoughts? Advice?

Enjoying the Good Life,
Kendra

3 Comments

  1. Oooh… that second photo makes my heart so happy. Now you’ve got my laundry room makeover wheels turning! I wonder if I could pull off a little chandelier in my little laundry room/pantry. Hmmm…

    I’ve tried both the liquid and powdered homemade laundry soap and my preference is the powdered version. It seems to get our clothes just a bit cleaner than the liquid, plus it’s quicker to make and doesn’t require as much storage space.

    Thanks for the laundry inspiration!

    • goodwillsc

      I have found two chandeliers at Goodwill. You should try to find one! I think it’s the perfect addition to a laundry room. : )

  2. Wow, that second laundry room is snazzy! My washer and dryer are separated from the rest of the house by a shower curtain… talk about stylish 😉
    I just made my own laundry detergent last week, and I’m super excited about it. All the ingredients cost less than $10, and I hear it lasts forEVER.

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