The planet is our home; we need to be more responsible. Here's what I do.
It may appear as if I’ve been driven to drink but it’s not this simple.
About eight years ago we have up using clothes washing detergent.
We’d become increasingly disillusioned with the basic premises of this type of product.
So we decided to stop using detergents and see whether it made a lot of difference to the state of them.
Eight years on.
Our clothes are fine. There’s no superficial lavender or spring fragrance. They smell of nothing.
But there was one small problem. At certain times the underarm area of some tops was a bit on the warm side.
Now for some people that would be a bit of a blow and perhaps enough to go back to the detergent. But my investigations didn’t make me feel that strongly. I decided to target the problem very specifically rather than blanket bomb the whole wash.
Turns out that there’s z very simple answer. We’ve used a vodka spray to target the problem. It kills the bacteria. Simple as that. Now vodka is powerful stuff but I’ve concluded that a substance you can drink would be better than one with a big toxic label on the box.
So we spray the pits before washing and everything is good.
a blog by a multilingual expat-since-birth, linguist, researcher, mum of three, living in the Netherlands and writing about bilingualism, multiculturalism, parenting abroad, international life...