With young kids in the house it seems like the laundry pile is never ending. And I’m reminded of this even more as the weather here was crazy warm this week and we spent lots and lots of time outside.
Toddler + outside = lots of changes of clothes.
Between digging in the dirt, peeing in his pants because he didn’t want to stop playing to go to the bathroom, and not tolerating any part of his clothes being wet, my son went through outfit after outfit this week.
I’m still working on catching up, but I’m actually okay with the extra laundry. Over the past few years, I’ve made a few changes to our laundry routine that are both better for our family and the planet, because we’ve eliminated conventional products with toxic chemicals, and also easier on our wallets because they save us lots of money.
Here are seven easy ways to save money on your laundry, and save the planet at the same time:
Homemade Laundry Soap 1 of 7Making your own laundry soap is easy and extremely affordable, especially compared to buying green and natural brand detergents. There are lots of recipes out there to choose from. You can make either powder or liquid, and choose the type of soap you use. I've used homemade laundry powder, and next I'm going to try making liquid soap.
Get the recipe forLiquid Laundry Soap.
DIY Laundry Stain Remover 2 of 7As mamas of toddlers, stains are a battle we fight on a daily basis. There are a lot of options out there for homemade stain removers as well, and I've found a couple that work really well for me, and help me to avoid the using the harsh chemicals found in conventional stain removal sprays on my family's clothes.
DIY Laundry Stain Remover
Make Your Own Oxy-Cleaner 3 of 7This simple and easy recipe is not only great for getting out those stubborn stains with just a quick soak, it's also super cheap to make, using ingredients you probably already have in your cupboard.
Make Your OwnHomemade Oxygen Cleaner
Use Vinegar Instead of Fabric Softener 4 of 7This is such a easy switch to make, and costs only pennies. If you have a fabric softener dispenser in your washing machine that you usually use conventional fabric softener in, just pour plain white vinegar in instead. It helps to rinse the detergent out of clothes, soften them, and remove static cling. And no, your clothes won't smell like vinegar. Trust me, it rinses out completely, otherwise my hubs wouldn't let me use it because he hates the smell of vinegar!
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Homemade Fabric Softener Sheets 5 of 7Conventional fabric softeners contain toxic chemicals and fragrances that remain on your clothing and can then be absorbed through your skin. If your clothes need extra softening or removing of static, especially during dry months, you can easily make your own reusable, non-toxic fabric softener sheets.
Find the tutorial for Homemade Fabric Softener Sheets
Use Wool Dryer Balls 6 of 7Adding three or four wool dryer balls to your dryer load will help your dryer work more efficiently. Your clothes will dry faster and be softer and fluffier, even if you don't use any fabric softener. Once you make the initial investment in the dryer balls you can use them over and over and over, saving energy and money in the long run.
Buy Wool Dryer Balls on Etsy
Hang Your Clothes Out to Dry 7 of 7Clothes dryers are one of the largest energy users in our homes, and with the warmer weather upon us, a great way to save energy and money is to put up a clothesline and hang your clothes out to dry. I love hanging my laundry on the line — it makes clothes smell so good, the sun helps to remove stains and whiten whites, and the clothes come off the line wrinkle free.
Read more about hanging your clothes on the line to dry.
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