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My featured Merit Badge Awardee of the Week is … Missy Durant!!!

Missy Durant (OrganiGal, #5271) has received a certificate of achievement in Going Green for earning a Beginner & Intermediate Level Going Green Merit Badge! She did this using a copy of MaryJanesFarm “Nature Knows Best” special issue, no less!

Here’s what Missy did…

“I’ve been planning on doing this for a long time and I finally did it! I went through my entire cleaning cabinet and tossed everything that contains harmful ingredients and replaced them with safer products that aren’t harmful to the environment. As for the green journal, I’ve been doing this for a while now! I clip articles and store them in a black & white journal that is home for green ideas only. It gives me a focus and is handy for when I’m lost on what to do next.

To make my own laundry soap, I used MaryJanesFarm magazine, “Nature Knows Best” special issue, page 58, titled “Carol’s Herbal Liquid Laundry Liquid.” I purchased soap nuts from a seller on Etsy and followed the directions. I also made the “Herbal Dryer Sachets” on page 60 with some dried lavender I bought at my local Farmers’ Market.

As for the soap, I’ve made my own soap a few times, so this time I made my own facial soap using 1/2 water, 1/2 Castille soap and 1/4 witch hazel, using one of the recipes from the most recent Sister Issue online! I’ve also made my own homemade general purpose cleaner using 1/2 vinegar, 1/2 water with a generous squirt of lemon juice. Instead of wasting paper towels, I’ve been using reusable microderm cloths. They really cut through messes with ease!


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The laundry soap combo is impressive! My clothes smell wonderful and clean and I don’t miss my old chemical-laden detergent at all. Best of all, you only need a tiny bit at a time, so the small amount it makes lasts a long time!

My homemade facial soap is great. I’ve been struggling with acne my whole life and this simple recipe has made a huge improvement in my skin in only a short amount of time.

The natural cleanser I made is just as great. I feel wonderful about not polluting my home or the environment by using safe products, and I don’t have to worry about my kids or dogs coming in contact with nasty chemicals. I couldn’t be happier with this project!”

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  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Missy, I am joining you too in changing out my laundry detergent to a homemade version. There was a discussion awhile back on the Connection about making your own detergent and dryer balls. I made it all up and love the results! However, somehow I over looked the herbal dryer sachets in the new magazine so today I am using up my lavender and adding that to my new routine! That new MJF issue is just fabulous! Thanks for sharing all of your success. Badges are so fun to earn!

  2. theresa beck says:

    Hey! I now get the daily blog from Mary Jane; its great:) But, how do a connect with the sisters?
    I am a crafter and would love to share with others. Thanks for answering when you can.
    Peace~theresa

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