Here are 3 natural laundry practices sure to clean your clothes and (eco) conscience too.
- Switch out your soap
Making your own laundry detergent is far easier than it sounds, I’ve used this recipe for years. It is easy, effective, and if you can operate a cheese grater you can do it too!
- 1 bar of Dr. Bronner’s soap, grated
- 1 cup washing soda
- 1 cup borax
- 1 cup baking soda (optional)
- Ditch the softeners and the dryer sheets
Homemade 100% wool dryer balls are an excellent alternative to dryer sheets . Feeling especially crafty? Easily make your own using this simple tutorial.
Naturally flame retardant, wool dryer balls fluff clothing and reduce static. Adding a few drops of essential oil to the balls allows you to scent a load of laundry without coating your clothing in perfumed animal fat, like dryer sheets do.
If you find that your laundry is constantly staticky despite adding vinegar and using dryer balls, try shortening your dry time by 5-10 minutes. The most common cause of static is over-drying your clothing, and cutting down dry time is gentler on clothing, and saves energy too.
- Do without the dryer
I find that the absolute best Eco-friendly shifts are like this: short, sweet, simple, and easy to employ. Creating small, sustainable changes means you are well on your way to an effortlessly green lifestyle.
Laundry day never looked so good!
Feature image courtesy of Kim MyoungSung