3 All Natural Laundry Tips! {Eco-Friendly Laundry}


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Over the past few years, I’ve taken baby steps to having a more natural, eco-friendly home. The biggest (and most worthwhile) change has been updating our cleaning supplies by using mostly natural items like baking soda and vinegar. You saw the dramatic results with my all-natural SUPER CHEAP grout and tub cleaner— why would I go back to paying top dollar for toxic chemicals when natural solutions work so well?! Except for my Lysol wipes. BACK OFF of my Lysol wipes. I’ll find a natural solution when my son learns to aim better… ’nuff said. πŸ™‚

Today I’m sharing my three biggest tips to overhaul your laundry routine and make it more eco-friendly AND way cheaper, without sacrificing clean clothing!  These ideas are totally painless, I promise– unless giving up toxic cleaners like bleach and fabric softener sheets is painful, in which case, you’re hopeless.  JUST KIDDING.

Tip #1: How to get brighter whites and soften clothes– without bleach!

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I’ve been using this tip for years with great success.  Vinegar– yes, vinegar!– gets your whites brighter and softens your clothing without the need for harsh chemicals like bleach.  I simply add it to the fabric softener cup in the washing machine, and it releases it during the soaking cycle.  I did my research before trying this, and some people mentioned vinegar can corrode lines (which is funny, because imagine what bleach does to them!) so I only do this for my white and/or towel load.  Also, I occasionally flush the line by simply adding water to the cup during other cycles.  Like I said, I’ve been doing this for years and my washer is as good as new.  You *may* notice a tiny whiff of vinegar after the cycle, but once you dry them the smell totally and completely disappears… and you’ll have brighter whites and softer clothes to boot.

Tip #2: How to get rid of smelly towels– naturally!

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You know how older towels can get the ‘not so fresh’ scent? I mean, you leave them a little too long in the hamper or the beach bag and the next thing you know… smelly towels. Not that I know anything about that. πŸ™‚ There’s an EASY way to get the smell out.  Load up the washing machine with your towels and sprinkle them with baking soda.  I then add vinegar to the fabric softener area in my washer to give it a second blast of natural cleaning, and despite my fears of a washing machine volcano ala a fourth grade science project the towels come out fresh and good as new! NO baking soda volcano in sight. BONUS.

Tip #3: The ‘magic’ way to soften clothes and get rid of static in the dryer– without dryer sheets!

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A few months ago, I won a set of these Woolzies Dryer Balls from a blog giveaway (affiliate link, thanks!) and couldn’t wait to try them.  They’re made with wool, but WON’T bother you if you are sensitive to wool.  They soften clothing and help keep static away without wasting dryer sheets!  All natural, much cheaper than buying pack after pack of dryer sheets, and eco-friendly.  Totally win-win, we love them! The only con is that they can be noisy (like tennis balls) in the dryer so you might not want to run the dryer while kids are sleeping if it’s near bedrooms. Our dryer is in the basement, so this bothers us not at all.

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I’m still working on finding a great all-natural laundry detergent.  Currently I use ALL Free and Clear, I have yet to make my own detergent. We like the ALL Free and Clear, so it’s hard to switch!  It’s on my ‘to-do’ list, though, so I’d love suggestions.

NOW. Who’s going to come over and help me FOLD all this laundry? Yikes. I need an all-natural laundry folder. Wanna hook a girl up?

What do you think? Do any of those tips sound do-able in your family?  Give ’em a try and let me know how it goes!  Any other natural laundry or cleaning tips to share? Do tell!

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  1. Great tips! About how much vinegar would you say you add to the load?? I need to try this! Thanks!

    1. I add it up to the line in the cup of my fabric softener area. I’ll measure for sure next time; I’d guess it’s about 1 cup. πŸ™‚

    1. Where do I get it?! And PS- did I imagine an email from you saying Feb. 8th works for a date? Because I’m totally up for a Feb 8th get together if you’re still free!

  2. Oh like Kim said I love when tips are easy!! These are things I have in my house (Love Woolzies!!)

  3. I will have to try this! I just used vinegar to clean my floor and it worked great. It’s amazing how clean you can get your house without the harsh chemicals.

  4. Great suggestions. Dryer sheets mess up cloth diapers, so the Woolzies are a great cloth-diaper-safe alternative.

  5. I wouldn’t have thought of the volcano effect, but now I’m worried! Do you have a front loader or a top loader? I wonder if it makes a difference. I need my towels to be freshened for sure!!

    1. I wouldn’t worry about it, especially since you’re not using too much baking soda and the vinegar goes in automatically during a different cycle. I have a top loader, so that may be why. I do hear that front loaders can get stinky, so it’s actually good to give them a vinegar bath once in awhile!

  6. How much baking soda do you add with your towels? I have wanted to rid myself of dryer sheets and purchase dryer balls for quite some time….just haven’t done it. Do you put all six balls in the dryer at the same time. I noticed they come in sets of 3, 6, etc., so wasn’t sure how many to buy. Thanks πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Kristy! I just sprinkle some baking soda onto the top of the towel load. I’ll measure next time, but it’s like a dusting of baking powder. Nothing crazy, just a few tablespoons maybe? It definitely helps with the odor, though! I do put all 6 balls in the dryer. The package says the more in there, the better the result. I think you’ll LOVE them. Hope that helps!

  7. Several members of our family have been making our own laundry detergent for some time and are very happy with it. 1 cup washing soda, 1 cup Borax, 1 bar soap (grated, such as Fels Naphtha). Mix well. Use 1 tablespoon per load. I keep it in a glass jar. To speed up the grating process, I have an older food processor attachment that I use only for soap. Chop the bar into small pieces before grating. I know there is some controversy over the Borax, but I feel it is safer than other options. Thanks for sharing the towel idea and the dryer balls. I need to try these.

  8. I use a laundry detergent recipe called “No Grate Liquid Laundry Detergent” that I got from a blog named, “One Good Thing by Jillee”. She has several recipes and I have used the one with the Fels Naptha, but right now I’m using one that is simple to make and is very inexpensive to use and I’m pleased with the results. To make a concentrated batch you start with an 89-oz. juice container (approx. 30% smaller than a gallon). Then you add:
    1/2 cup Borax
    1/2 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
    1/2 cup Dawn (regular or Ultra)
    Add 4 cups HOT water to dissolve everything, then fill the rest of the way with COLD water. The ingredients tend to settle between uses, so give the bottle a shake before adding it to the washer.
    You only need to use 1/4 cup per large load of clothes!

  9. When you use the baking soda and vinegar for the towels, do you also use the laundry soap or is this a separate wash to get rid of the odor? Do you do this every time you was the towels or does the odor stay away for awhile?

    1. I actually do it all together, but when I do the baking soda/ vinegar I don’t use too much laundry soap. I do it every few washes… thankfully the odor stays away for awhile, but since we cycle through towels so much I do it every few washes to keep them fresh. πŸ™‚

  10. I’ve never heard of using vinegar to brighten my whites but I will definitely be trying it out. Thanks for the advice!

  11. i want to add a word of using extreme caution when using baking soda to do any cleaning around the house.
    If your drain pipes are not at the proper angle to aid natural drainage, the baking soda will settle wherever the water stagnates in your drain pipes!
    This in turn, congeals to a hard almost cement like substance when combined with everything else that goes down your drains.

    we found this out the hard way, after using the baking soda and vinegar trick to clean the drains in kitchen and bathroom.
    After about 6 years my drains were getting slower and slower!
    We cut out a section of pipe and found the above mentioned congealed cement substance had blocked the pipe allowing a just barely big enough hole to allow water to drain.

    Of course i had to dissect the substance and found an assortment of foods, hardened fats, hair and a grainy sandlike substance that could only be hardened baking soda!!

    Just had to put my 2 cents worth into the conversation and share my horror story!

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