the laundry room

This is my little laundry room. It used to be a closet and a teeny-tiny room that held a teeny-tiny toilet. We took down the wall that separated the two rooms and made a small laundry room that we were able to squeeze in a stackable washer and dryer. One of my favorite jobs around here is laundry. I'm somewhat obsessed with finding the perfect laundry detergent. I may have found it! I have recently come across Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap. Together with vinegar they have replaced every cleaning product in my home. I overheard a clerk at Trader Joe's telling a customer that you can clean your shower and then jump in and clean yourself with it. I was intrigued. I find it makes a great laundry detergent, bathroom cleaner and kitchen cleaner. I don't take a shower with it. Supposedly you can even brush your teeth with it, although I wouldn't try. It is super concentrated. The aroma is heavenly. So step behind this door and take a peek. Again the room is so small it's hard to photograph.








I have been using 1/8 cup per load.
Plus 1/2 cup of vinegar to a load of whites.
I would not pour this directly onto clothes, dilute it first.
Then hang the laundry on the clothesline to dry for a real aromatherapy experience.

32 comments

  1. Hi Janet,
    Your laundry room is wonderful! I think I'd like doing laundry more if ours wasn't down in the basement...with the spiders. Dr. Bronner's is a favorite around our house. Mike has been using it for years as soap and shampoo. He lathers up from head to toe and calls it good! He uses the peppermint bar. But I may try the concentrate because the bar (when used as soap AND shampoo) only lasts him a week! It adds up to being more expensive than my Aveda shampoo! Happy spring to you. xo Trina

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  2. I love, love, love your laundry room Janet. So cute and stylish too.... Wonder if we can get Dr Bronners here in Australia? I am intrigued by this magic sounding potion!

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  3. This room is Perfection Janet! I like cleaning too. It can be soothing during times of stress.

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  4. Janet,
    Your laundry is beautiful. Love the floor and the ticking curtain. I just bought a bottle of that soap last week (for the shower) but I haven't used it yet. I wouldn't have considered using it in a front loader washer. I thought you had to use an HE detergent that suds less. I use Seventh Generation Lavender and Eucalyptus detergent and Mrs. Meyer's Lavender fabric softener on my sheets, but only half of what they say to use. I love the lavender scent on the sheets. But my laundry is in my Pepto Bismol pink basement. steve

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  5. Thanks for the soap info - my Trader Joe's is 60 miles away - so I'll have to put that on my list for the next trip.

    You can come and do my laundry !

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  6. Love your laundry!
    I also use Dr. Bronner's, but haven't tried it for laundry just home cleaning. I add vinegar to every load, just not whites, as it is a natural fabric softener.

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  7. I have seen this soap at the Health food store...sounds like I should get some and give it a try...if it cleans everything it's a simple solution and it takes up little space.
    Your laundry room is charming, love the crisp clean and airy feeling...I'd want to do laundry more often if that were my room.

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  8. What a beautiful peaceful room. I love the long curtain on the window pulled to one side. I would have never thought of doing that, but it looks fabulouse.

    I have some Dr. Bronners and am going to try it for laundry. We have hard water so not sure how it will work, but I could add some Borax if needed. I already use vinegar for rinse.
    Connie

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  9. Hi Janet - Your laundry room is so charming! Thanks too for the tips about the Dr. Bonner's. I will have to try that one of these days. The commercial laundry detergents have too much fragrance for my taste!
    Deborah

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  10. Hi Janet! I LOVE your laundry room, every inch of it! The floor tile is to die for!
    I am very interested in the soap - I can't wait to try it. I've begun to use vinegar for most of my cleaning and I love how my house smells. Thanks for the tip ~
    :) Sarah

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  11. Thanks for recommending the product. I will try to find it. By the way, I love your blog. This is my first time visiting here

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  12. Your laundry room is so darling! And, I am going to have to try that soap.

    Smiles~ Michelle

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  13. Hi Janet,
    Your laundry room is wonderful! I love the floor. Kisses, Ana

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  14. Hi Janet! Love your charming laundry room! I love your floor and LOVE the ticking skirt!!
    I have a pair of stacking w/d on each floor in the house! Luvvvvvv them!
    Except for lavender I dislike (okay, "hate"!!) perfumes (on women and in products;), and have found I really, really like Trader Joe's powdered laudry detergent- no smell and it's biodegradable.
    I have used Dr. Bonner- love the lavender (TJ's has the best prices on it!) for several years. I use the Peppermint (it has to be Peppermint!) as an insecticidal soap for my interior plants. 1t. per qt. of water. Works (and smells!) great!!
    Hope you're having a wonderful holiday!
    joan

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  15. Janet, how weird is this, we both posted about our laundry rooms! Guess it must be a spring cleaning frenzy. I love your laundry roon and the bathroom is so pretty as well. I am thinking I might need one of those fun mirrors you have!

    How is Utah? Say HI to Stein while your there. : 0 ) kelley

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  16. You did a fantastic job with the available space Janet!

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  17. I'm also a big Dr. Bronner's fan! I shower and clean with it. I agree that the lavender smell can be a touch strong for the shower (at least for me it is), but the "Baby Unscented" Dr. Bronner's is just perfect for the shower!

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  18. So great, and hi, nice blog! This is exactly what I've been reading about lately. How much you can clean in your house with just a few ingredients, and they are non-toxic.

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  19. Love your cottage! It's beautiful. I've been making my laundry detergent with Fels Naptha soap, borax and Arm and Hammer washing soda. It gets my laundry really clean, is low suds for my front loader and smells clean. Also, it's inexpensive.
    Sky

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  20. I hadn't heard of Dr. Bronner's but I'll have to give it a try. I'm not a fan of doing laundry, but if it makes the task more enjoyable, I'm all for it.

    - The Tablescaper

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  21. Hi Janet! I am in love with your laundry room. So classic and timeless. I have the same ticking stripe in my bathroom, but love the cute ruffle on yours. I want to try that magic soap now. You've got me intriqued:)

    xo,

    grace

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  22. Your laundry room/bathroom is perfect!

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  23. Your laundry room looks lovely! I wonder if I can get that stuff in Canada.

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  24. Hi Janet!

    I feel like I need to just sit down and have coffee with you!! I was going to email you but getting comments is so much more fun! : ) I have been meaning to respond to your bag comment - I couldn't believe it when you said your bag was made using a vintage belt!! After seeing your bag I literally had a vintage belt in my hand thinking I could use it for a bag!! Then I seriously started to question my ability to make one! And in response to your demijohn comment - I love Polished Pebble (I'm a silent reader - I'm sad to say) but I do love her stuff (and her demijohn lamps!) I did go back and read that post again and have definitely decided to keep the bottle in the crate!

    I have SO enjoyed your blog - it is officially on my list of "blogs i stalk!"

    Melissa

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  25. Trader Joes's - oh how I miss you! We don;t have one in Colorado. Your bathroom like the rest of your house is simple & charming!

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  26. Very charming, Janet! I am so envious of any laundry room, even a teeny one. Love how you used a long curtain panel and pushed it aside behind the sink. It adds a softness to that crispy clean space.

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  27. What an adorable little laundry room, everything looks so bright and happy!

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  28. I'm going to have to track down this DR. bronner's and give it a try. I love lavender and just put up clotheslines for drying my laundry. You can't beat how clothes and linens smell after hanging out in the sunshine. I even like my towels off the line. Really pretty laundry space.

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  29. I love it!! Very pretty and simple. I am inspired now to fix up our laundry nook. For the front loader, do you just pour it into the spot for normal detergent? I always put white vinegar in my laundry and I love it. It also helps keep the washer fresh. : )

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  30. Heather, yes I just pour it right into the washing machine dispenser.

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  31. Your laundry room is so pretty! I love the little laundry sign on the door and all the little details.
    Ours is in the basement, not very nice at all. The nice part is my husband does the laundry!

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