If you are dreaming of a more eco-friendly life here is a chance for you to step in. We all know that it’s comforting to hold onto your habits. But step out of your comfort zone and give a chance to a better life.
It won’t be easy to give up all cleaning products at once. Instead you can take baby steps. Start with your laundry. Follow our tips for a less chemical life.
White Vinegar As A Fabric Softener
One of the worse chemical for nature and also for humans is fabric softener. So making your DIY fabric softener might be your first baby step into a more eco-friendly life. What you need is very simple: white vinegar. Vinegar makes towels unexpectedly soft and fluffy. But you may want to add few drops of essential oil to make your laundry smell clean and fresh. Use 20-30 drops of essential oil for 500cl. Don’t forget to shake the bottle well before you put the mix into your fabric softener dispenser because oil separates from vinegar and you don’t want any oil stains on your laundry. You can use 1/4 cup of the mix for your laundry.
Wool Dryer Balls Instead Of Dryer Sheets
The best way to dry your laundry is air drying. It saves energy and also it saves you from chemical products. But if you can’t stop using washer dryer at least you can reduce the chemical you use. Instead of using dryer sheets which have enormous amount of chemical try using wool dryer balls. They cut down drying time, reduce static, fluff laundry beautifully and are naturally antibacterial. You can buy or make your own wool dryer balls.
For DIY balls you need 100% wool yarn, pantyhose, yarn needle and, if you want to add scent, essential oil.
- Wrap the yarn around your fingers, then continue to wrap it around, forming a ball. Once you’ve reached the size you want, use the yarn needle to wrap the end of the yarn around the exterior strands of the yarn ball a few times.
- Cut the legs off of the pantyhose. Place a yarn ball into the hose and tie a knot in it. Place the next yarn ball in and tie another knot. Repeat until they’re all in, use another piece of hose if necessary.
- Throw the pantyhose covered yarn balls into your washing machine and wash in hot water. Now put them in the dryer on hot. Cut the dryer balls out of the pantyhose and use whenever you dry clothing.
- If you want essential oils to scent the load, then place about 10 drops total on the balls during the last 10 minutes of drying.
DIY Flannel Dryer Sheets
Well, if you don’t want to deal with making your own wool dryer ball and still want your laundry smell nice without any chemical you can use this tip. Take at least 20 pieces of flannel or cotton (bamboo cotton would be better for this tip), essential oil and a mason jar to store them. Add cottons into a container and add essential oils. Keep the lid off until the cottons have completely dried, at least a day or two. Add a sheet or two to each dryer cycle.
DIY Laundry Scent Booster
We all like long lasting nice and clean laundry smell but it’s far from being natural. So if you really want to boost the scent you can try this DIY laundry booster. 1 or 2 cups of epsom salt, 20-30 drops of essential oil and a mason jar to mix the ingredients. After mixing all the ingredients add 1 tablespoon of the laundry scent booster directly to the washer and wash as usual.
Start with these little changes in your life for a more natural life. After you get used to this new way of living you can try big changes. Soon we will share how to make your own non toxic stain remover, bleach and more importantly laundry detergent! Stay tuned.