I try to be GREEN whenever possible. I use cloth napkins and wash clothes in my home instead of paper or disposable. I keep a basket of napkins and cloths right on the kitchen counter for kid fingers and faces and paint spills and whatever else life throws at me. I also keep a laundry basket by the kitchen door so I can just throw the dirties there and add it to whatever load of laundry is up next. I don't care that my napkins aren't perfectly white or creased, because they are intended for formal use. I use them to be GREEN. So they might look a little stained, but the family and day care kids know to use them instead of throwing out disposables.
But even I think there are times when a disposable wipe is a good idea. And it is certainly more green to make them than it is to purchase all the plastic packaging. So I still feel good and green even when I use my disposable wipes. And I love making laundry soap instead of buying those large plastic or hard cardboard containers.
Basic Ingredient List for 1 gallon of laundry soap:
1/4 c. grated bar soap--use a natural, no dyes, no scents soap like Ivory
a heaping 1/4 c. Washing Soda
a heaping 1/4 c. Borax
Use a metal pot that IS NOT COATED with non-stick surface. The soap gets into the non stick and your food will taste soapy! Use metal utensils, too, since the soapy taste can permeate wooden spoons or plastic utensils.
Bring about 3 cups water and the grated soap to a boil in the pot. Let boil about 1 minute until soap is all dissolved. Turn the heat off and add the Borax and Washing Soda. Stir it well. This may cause a bubbling, so be sure your pot is big enough to handle that without spilling over.
Use 1/2 cup detergent to a normal size load of laundry. For particularly soiled loads, I use 3/4 cup. Add the soap to the water and let washer fill most of the way full before adding clothes. This solution is safe to use with bleach or Oxy Clean.