Written By: The Green Crunchy Mother
Let us talk about laundry, we all have to do it whether we like it or not. We are a family of five, and let me tell you, dirty laundry piles up constantly. My washing machine is working almost daily, cleaning clothes, towels, bed sheets and so much more. Considering that this is a part of my daily life, I have researched some natural ingredients to keep up with our laundry naturally.
Many of the commercial detergents, softeners, stain removers, and dryer sheets that are sold on the market today contain harsh chemicals. Not only are they hazardous to your health, they are also toxic to our environment. I am always on the quest looking for ways to live my life as toxin free as possible. I have found ways to clean our clothes without causing too much harm to my family and our environment.
I love vinegar and it has so many uses! I like to store it in pretty glass containers that can be found at any dollar store.
Plain white vinegar is wonderful for the laundry and it helps to whiten whites. It brightens and softens, and neutralizes odors. Simply add two cups of vinegar if you are doing a normal wash cycle. You can use half a cup if you are doing a rinse cycle. I also like to purchase glass containers from the dollar store to store the vinegar in. To simplify my life, I keep my containers close to the washing machine for easy access.
I have recently discovered soap nuts and they are fantastic!. The soap nut grows on trees, and they contain saponin. It is a great laundry detergent, and it can be used for washing clothes alone. The soap nut will clean and soften your clothes. It’s very easy to use and economical as well. Simply put soap nuts in a mesh bag and throw them in the washing machine. If you have sensitive skin like us, the soap nut is a great alternative from using commercial laundry soaps. I found my soap nuts at the local Bulk Barn.
You will need:
- Laundry mesh bags to put your soap nuts in. You can purchase your laundry mesh bags at any dollar store.
- Soap nuts.
How do I know when it is time to change my soap nuts for new ones? They will look and feel soft, and their scent will be faded.
Homemade Laundry Soap
This is a recipe that I have been making for several years. It is easy to make, and it keeps your clothes fresh and clean. You will need:
-One Bar Shaved Soap. I use Fels Naptha. You can use a cheese grater to do this. This soap can be ordered on Amazon.
-One cup of Borax. This product can be ordered on Amazon.
–One cup of Arm and Hammer Washing Soda. Do not confuse this with baking soda! It is not the same. This product can be ordered on Amazon.
-I mix it all together and store it in a glass container.
It is easy to live toxin free , and it does not have to cost a lot of money.
Do you have any tips or recipes that you would like to share with my readers?