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Lavender liquid laundry soap This simple liquid soap is gentle on both septic systems and the environment. Costing much less than commercial laundry detergent, it leaves clothes smelling wonderful and feeling soft.

i/j cup (125 ml) liquid Castile soap '/j cup (125 g) washing soda '/? cup (120 g) borax 2 to 3 teaspoons lavender or lemon verbena essential oil 7.5 qt. (7 Is) hot water

1 Mix all the ingredients in a 9.5-qt. (9-1) bucket and stir well until soda crystals and borax are dissolved.

2 Decant into clean plastic detergent containers (recycle your old ones).

3 Shake the mixture before using. Use about '/< cup (60 ml) per load.

Rose geranium fabric softener This simple treatment will leave fabrics soft and fluffy without the cloying scent of artificial perfumes.

1 cup (250 ml) white distilled vinegar

1 cup (250 g) baking soda

2 cups (500 ml) water

10 drops rose geranium, lavender or lemon essential oil or eucalyptus oil (or a combination of your favorite oils)

1 Combine ingredients slowly and carefully over the sink, because the mixture will fizz. Pour into a plastic bottle and replace the lid.

2 Add V» cup (60 ml) to the final rinse or place it in the fabric softener dispenser of your washing machine.

Easy being green

Add your favorite scent to perfume-free, environmentally rriendly laundry powder (from organic or health food shops). Just add a few drops of herbal essential oil to the powder as you put it into the machine.

Eucalyptus wool wash For generations this recipe has been used to wash woolen garments. It's ideal for blankets, quilts and pillows, too. The eucalyptus helps to keep the wool soft and repels moths. There is no need to rinse it out unless you are washing white items, in which case rinsing will prevent yellowing.

2 cups (500 ml) water 2 cups (200 g) pure soap flakes 'li cup (125 ml) methylated spirits 2'h teaspoons eucalyptus oil

1 Bring the water to the boil and stir in the soap flakes. Remove the pan from the heat and continue to stir until the soap has dissolved and the mixture is smooth.

2 Add the methylated spirits and the eucalyptus oil and mix well.

3 Spoon the mixture into a wide-mouthed jar, where it will set fairly solid.

4 To use the wool wash, dissolve 1 to 2 tablespoons in a bucket of warm water. Keep the unused mixture tightly sealed.

2 cups (500 ml) water 2 cups (200 g) pure soap flakes 'li cup (125 ml) methylated spirits 2'h teaspoons eucalyptus oil

Lavender linen water Known in France as eau de Urge, this spray imparts a beautiful fresh lavender scent when used to dampen clothes and linen before ironing. It can also be used directly in some steam irons, if the manufacturer says it is safe to do so.

'/« teaspoon lavender essential oil 1.5 fl. oz. (40 ml) vodka 2 cups (500 ml) demineralised water (from the laundry section of supermarkets)

1 Combine the lavender essential oil and vodka in a clean, dry glass bottle. Replace the lid and leave for 24 hours.

2 Add the water, shake to combine and cap tightly. Transfer to a spray bottle when ironing and use as required.

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