Thursday, March 13, 2014

Laundry Day Alternatives

In my wellness journey, I like to share recipes that work for my family in the hopes you'll give it a go, too. Remember, we all start somewhere. In April of last year, I wrote an article sharing recipes using baking soda that I gathered from other DIY pages and sites and tried them out for myself.

1) Initially, I wanted to make a laundry detergent made from grated Fels-Naptha Soap, Super Washing Soda, and Borax for a powdered detergent because I heard it was easy and affordable! I'm newer to DIY recipes and I have yet to convert all of our household cleaning products to DIY or truly natural. Like eating clean, I'm taking baby steps in this department. 

Results: Come to find out Fels-Naptha is sourced from crude oil and is therefore a petroleum product. It is also loaded with artificial fragrance. See more here. No wonder I couldn't stand the scent when I purchased it (this was without knowing the background). See, label reading goes way beyond our food as I'm learning this slowly over time. I guess it was my gut instinct telling me that this soap and recipe wasn't a good one (scent was way too strong!). I didn't end up using it - I tossed it stored in the recycled glass jar. I did however find a liquid detergent from Wholesome Mommy and have used this on occasion. Maybe I should just go back to Eco-Nuts. You see I'm back and forth in the laundry department but that's part of our journey - right? We've gotta be open to suggestions, resources, and errors so that we can learn more about our wellness and our planet. 

2) Bleach Alternative made from filtered water, lemon juice, and 3% hydrogen peroxide.
Recipe: 6 cups of filtered water, 1/8 cup of lemon juice, and 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide. Mix and store in an airtight container. 

3). Fabric Softener. Fill up a mason jar with white distilled vinegar and add several drops of your favorite essential oil. Add this to your fabric softener compartment or during the rinse cycle.

4). I've added in this entry after I published the original post: Though the bleach (see #2) works in my opinion, my husband believes that it doesn't get his undershirts as white as he'd like to see them. So I looked up a DIY oxy clean recipe and found this one by Wellness Mama. I must admit I liked the way the clothes brightened. While I'm being honest, I did not like that I had to soak the clothes for 30 minutes. Just adds to the fun part of doing laundry I guess?! =)

5). Dryer Balls: You can make them yourself or order them from a small business. I made mine using 100% wool yarn and essential oils. I gave them as Christmas gifts the year before last. 

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