Healthy Methods

Laundry Detergent

After some internet searching and experimentation, this is the laundry detergent that I have concocted. I switched from conventional detergents, softeners, and dryer sheets to simplify. ¬†With my cancer history, I feel more comfortable limiting chemical exposure. Since we are not able to determine yet if any of our four children also possess the BRCA2 genetic mutation that causes a host of cancers, my husband and I have taken steps to improve the entire family’s overall health.

Two of my children have eczema. In the two years we have been using this detergent, Baby #2’s eczema has been almost non-existent. Baby #4, who is under 3 years old, has only had a handful of outbreaks. His condition was bad enough as an infant to warrant a prescription from the pediatrician.

All of our bath and beach towels, bedding, and clothing is washed with this detergent, and I use vinegar in the softener dispenser. (It does not leave a smell on the clothing, but its antibacterial properties make it a perfect rinse. We use 6 wool dryer balls to counteract static.)


Amy’s Homemade Laundry Detergent

1 cup of Borax, located in the laundry detergent aisle at grocery stores, Target, and Walmart. It is also available on Amazon, but for an exorbitant price. (I pay less than $4.00 for 76 oz in stores.)

1 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda, currently not available at my local Target, but available at grocery stores (less than $3.00 for 55 oz)

1 grated bar of perfume-free soap. I use Ivory (because it is cheap to buy in bulk).

That’s it, folks. I simply mix it together in an airtight container and use a generous Tablespoon to wash our laundry.

I also use a bar of Fels-Naptha soap to pretreat stains. It does an amazing job, but I do find that I need to let the soiled item sit for a while (preferably overnight) before washing it. I also grate a little Fels-Naptha and add it to particularly dirty or smelly loads. It even takes the smell out of hockey socks!

At-Home Workout

I read a great article in Time Magazine a few months ago about exercising effectively for a short duration of time. In seven minutes, I do the following workout designed by scientists at McMaster University:

For 30 seconds each, I do jumping jacks, a wall sit, push-ups, crunches, chair step-ups, squats, tricep dips, planks, running in place, lunges, and side planks. The original article in Time is from January 26, 2015, and also includes push-ups with a wide rotation. I can get one or two good ones in, but I can’t sustain it for 30 seconds…yet.



Menu Planning

I use this website for its weekly menu planning, recipe storage, and shopping list generator. There are numerous recipe sites available to import recipes from, and there is a manual entry option to copy and paste, or to enter recipes the old-fashioned way. There is also an easy to use downloadable app for mobile devices and tablets.