A lot of consumers use the commercial shelf products to clean their laundry. Sometimes the choice is made based on the least expensive laundry product or the product offering a coupon for the week. Wash is listed as one of the least favorite chores, and the fact is no one likes to do laundry, but everyone loves to have clean, fresh smelling clothes.
But by using washing solutions that contain synthetic ingredients, you’re cleaning your clothes in harmful chemicals. These chemicals don’t always come out in the rinse cycle. Then if you toss the clothes into the dryer and add a chemically treated dryer sheet or you use a liquid fabric softener, you’re adding even more chemicals.
Laundry cleaning solutions are one of the top causes of skin allergies and eye irritants. By choosing to go the more natural way and use organic products, you won’t miss out on that quality laundered smell and appearance. You’re still going to have clothes that look their best and smell great, too.
What will you miss out on are the things that aren’t healthy for your body or the environment?
You can use some laundry cleaning solutions you make at home, but this is time-consuming, and if you’re just getting started with using natural cleaners, it’ll take some time before you get the hang of making the mixture.
NATURAL LIQUID CLEANING SOLUTIONS
An easy way to go natural and save time is to use a ready-made organic laundry cleaner. Not all laundry cleaners that claim to be natural are, so you’ll have to check them carefully. The natural cleaners that are best for your clothes will say that they do not contain any synthetic dyes and phosphates.
- Look for laundry detergents which are free from chlorine chemicals. Also look for labels that say the product is hypoallergenic and the ingredients are based on plants and not on synthetics.
- Buy the concentrated laundry detergents that you can buy in the larger containers so that you’ll save more money.
- To whiten clothes, especially clothes that have a stain, you can use Borax to treat them.
- If you have sweat stains on shirts, put some vinegar in a spray bottle and cover the stain with the vinegar.
For clothing that needs to be pre-treated for stains like an ink stain, you can put the clothing in vinegar. The smell isn’t all that great while it’s soaking, but it does come out in the wash, and the vinegar will remove the ink stain.
Vinegar is also an excellent stain remover to rid clothes of tomato-based stains. Once you’ve pretreated any stains, just wash the clothes in the organic detergent for a natural way to clean your laundry that’s better for your health and safer for the environment.
DIY NATURAL LAUNDRY LIQUID RECIPE
- ¾ cup castile soap
- ½ cup washing soda
- ½ cup baking soda
- 15-20 drops of your favorite
- Pour about an inch of cold to lukewarm water into the bottom of a two-gallon bucket.
- Add the dry powders (baking soda, washing soda).
- Add more water to cover the powders if necessary.
- Using a hand mixer, blend the powders for a few minutes, or until it is fully blended and there are no clumps.
- Fill the two-gallon bucket up almost all the way with water (no specific temperature required).
- Add the Castile soap (this helps it not to bubble up), and stir with a long-handled spoon.
- Add in your essential oils, then stir again.
- Using a funnel, pour into your containers.
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