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Tatties Wed 17-May-06 17:11:04

Have you any eco-secrets you want to share?

Here's one to start us off:

If you have to use the tumble dryer put a dry towel in with the wet clothes to reduce drying time.

Pruni Wed 17-May-06 17:14:12

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Tatties Wed 17-May-06 23:06:36

Pruni I have just bought some soda crystals - heard they were good for washing nappies - glad it is so versatile!

quanglewangle Wed 17-May-06 23:11:27

Get a dishwasher - they use less water than hand washing. That's official!! I heard it today on Radio 4 so it must be true.
Mind you, it might not be true for my 18 year old machine. Still, probably greener to keep it than bin it and get a new one.

expatinscotland Wed 17-May-06 23:24:08

showers instead of baths - MUCH less water

save slivers of soap from bars. place in handwash pump dispenser. top up w/water. voila - handwash!

ChaCha Wed 17-May-06 23:29:02

Ecover are selling a useful booklet full of tips. I think it's £3 to buy. Thought I'd mention it.

Bozza Thu 18-May-06 09:43:57

Does that really work expat? Would never have occurred to me.

expatinscotland Thu 18-May-06 12:27:31

It's what I'm using just now, Bozza. It does work. Years ago, I bought some Raddox handwash, and I've been using the dispenser ever since.

My MIL is fab, but she's always giving me soaps I don't really like, so I've been successfully making them into handwash.

littlerach Thu 18-May-06 13:01:33

Expat, there was a feature about water usage on the news yesterday, and they said that having a shower uses less water than a bath only if shower is 5 mins long or less.
If your showr is 10 mins long, then you actually use a lot more water than a bath.
The person doing the article commented on this, and said that it is quite a myth nowadays.

rosycheek Thu 18-May-06 13:11:40

Another fan of Soda Crystals. Use with my Eco-balls for getting stains out of laundry.

Also I clean everything with a solution of white vinegar and water. Aparently a 5% vinegar solution will kill about 80% of germs. Much cheaper than conventional cleaners and no horrid chemicals!

littlerach Thu 18-May-06 13:14:16

So do eco balls work?

Halster Thu 18-May-06 13:18:44

Rosycheek - where do you buy your white vinegar?, can't seem to find it around here.

rosycheek Thu 18-May-06 13:25:15

Eco-balls replace your conventional powder. Look here . They are mean't to last up to about 1000 washes. Need a bit of help with whites which is where the soda crystals come in.

I buy white vinegar in Tescos, Halster. I think Asda do a cheaper own brand version as well.

rosycheek Thu 18-May-06 13:28:11

Sorry Littlerach, mis-read your post. They do work. Was a bit dubious about things going crispy as no fabric conditioner, but really is no need for them. As I said though, needs a bit of help for whites a tough stains.

FrayedKnot Thu 18-May-06 13:40:36

If you use the ecoballs, is there anything you can put in with your wash to make it smell nice?

I'm thinking of lavender oil or something?

Also, do you put the soda crystals in teh machine, or are you talking about soaking whites first, before washing?

Halster Thu 18-May-06 13:42:22

Thanks Rosycheek - must look in a bigger store then.

rosycheek Thu 18-May-06 13:44:38

I don't know about whether you can add anything smelly. I quite like the fresh smell you get from just drying it on the line. Not sure whether adding something oily might affect the balls.

I put the soda crystals in the machine drum with the balls, although I do pre-soak very dirty things first as well.

rosycheek Thu 18-May-06 13:45:17

I don't know about whether you can add anything smelly. I quite like the fresh smell you get from just drying it on the line. Not sure whether adding something oily might affect the balls.

I put the soda crystals in the machine drum with the balls, although I do pre-soak very dirty things first as well.

Notquitesotiredmum Thu 18-May-06 13:55:58

Ecotip? Don't buy a plasma screen TV. They are hugely energy inefficient, will add to your energy bills and increase your household emissions, undermining all that switching off of lights etc.

acnebride Thu 18-May-06 14:00:50

keep a bucket next to the bath and use the water for loo flushes (prob obvious but i've only just worked this one out)

if you have a video or dvd player, learn to set the clock quickly so that switching it off completely is not a problem (obvious again...)

rosycheek Thu 18-May-06 14:08:39

I do the bucket and loo thing acne bride. After the kids have had their bath at the end of the day, we keep the water in there and use for the loo!!

And before everyone jumps on me for using the bath, all 3 share the same water and they only get a about 4 inches!!!

Notquitesotiredmum Thu 18-May-06 16:35:19

Great idea. Why did I never think of that?

Loving this thread.

azroc Thu 18-May-06 18:46:22

This may be something everybody already does, but washable baby wipes are good - can be bought or made from cut up old clothes. Much greener and they don't smell hideous like the packet ones.
Also, if you have to use plastic bags for sandwiches, you can get biodegradable ones made by Totally Degradable Plastics.

expatinscotland Thu 18-May-06 18:48:18

w/two kids under 3, my shower is ALWAYS 5 mins or less

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