Laundry can be scary. Colors bleed, sweaters shrink, and socks mysteriously go missing, nevermind that I am allergic to almost every chemical involved. So I’m always looking for ways to make it through the process unscathed and with as few allergic reactions as possible. Turns out there are some easy ways to get your clothes looking, feeling, and smelling squeaky clean without harsh chemicals and I’m about to share them with you!
Make Your Own Eco-Friendly Laundry Detergent
There are so many recipes for Eco-friendly Homemade Laundry Detergent out there that it could make your head spin. Most call for the similar ingredients, but the one I like the best is from a great blog called Homemade Ginger. It’s simple, calls for easy to find ingredients and works great! Go check it out 🙂
Soften the Natural Way
I have serious chemical allergies; so for me, using most off the shelf Laundry Softeners is out of the question. At the same time, I cannot stand a rough scratchy towel so I will not be thwarted! Luckily the solution is simple, lame pun intended. Just add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your washer’s rinse cycle and walla your laundry will be soft and luxurious!
Bleach is not the only way to keep your whites looking bright and new. To get the same great effect, use lemon juice! Lemon juice can be used on almost any fabric (but skip the silk!) and is a great natural alternative. Add 1/2 cup to your machine’s wash cycle or for extra brightening add the half cup of lemon juice to a gallon of hot water (more lemon and water as needed!) and soak your laundry overnight. Either way your whites will be bright and your laundry will have a lovely citrus scent!
Already ruined your whites? Maybe not!
The trick to repairing the damage is catching your mistake as soon as it happens. When you open the washer and see that a brightly colored this or that has invaded your white wash and spread the love around, aka all of your whites are now pink or blue or some other color that would be awesome if it the laundry wasn’t supposed to be white, act fast! Instead of the dryer, soak your newly albeit accidentally dyed laundry in a mix of 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup of salt, 1/2 a cup of the homemade laundry detergent (or your regular brand) and warm water for a few hours. Then rewash the load with your detergent of choice and cross your fingers for the best!
I hope these tips help you remove a few chemicals from your routine and get your clothes looking and feeling great!