Laundry is an inevitable fact of daily life. Which makes it a great opportunity for switching to a greener, more environmentally friendly method. O-Nature-L (www.
o-nature-l.com, P.O. Box 903, Skowhegan, 207-474-5349) has just the stuff: locally made, phosphate-free, non-chemical, concentrated laundry detergents. Use just one to two tablespoons per load, and know that your skin (and septic system) will thank you for the natural alternative. Plus, a bag with sixteen to thirty-two loads, depending on whether you have a front-load or top-load machine, goes for just $3.50. Originally inspired by a sensitive-skinned child, this family-run company has expanded to include several different detergents — citrus, lavender, cedarwood, and unscented — as well as other cleaners like Lemon Mint Window Wash.