Can you use creativity for your laundry? Sure! I wanted to share a few quick creative ideas I’ve used over the years. My family has on and off skin issues and sensitivities and so I’ve dabbled with making my own laundry soap.
There are a ton of homemade laundry soap recipes, but my favorite is the recipe by One Good Thing. It’s a powder, not a liquid detergent. I use this recipe with a few changes, such as not using the fabric softener crystals and using less of the oxyclean. I also sometimes exchange the soap for the bars of Dr. Bronners because I think they are safer to use and they also add some nice scents like peppermint or lavender to the soap. Either way, you should definitely give this recipe a try. This recipe is supposed to last all year, but it ends up only working about half a year for us–mostly because I have a stinky boy in my house (and I wouldn’t trade him for anything!)
If you plan on making the recipe, get yourself some disposable gloves, a face mask (don’t want to breath in the powder) and a cheese grater. It’s also helpful to have a very large garbage bag and a big bucket, as well as something to store the powder in when it’s all made. I usually double the recipe to save time so I don’t have to do it that often.
If I don’t have time to make my own, I also really like 7th Generation soap if I don’t mind spending the extra money. It has a little bit of a scent but it does a better job of cleaning the stinky stuff. The homemade recipe sometimes isn’t as good at cleaning the really stinky stuff unless you add extra OxyClean or pretreater. Most of my laundry isn’t that smelly, so the homemade stuff works great. But I do keep the 7th Generation or the Oxyclean on hand for when we have some stuff that needs it.
Laundry Fabric Softner
For fabric softener, I go for vinegar. It keeps my clothes nice and soft and it’s totally safe to use. It also cleans my machine which is an added benefit instead of using the chemical stuff which tends to collect in the dish and make a nasty film. You can use it just like a fabric softer–use more if you notice your clothes are still static-y.
Dryer Sheet Options
My favorite creative item for laundry is actually replacing the dryer sheets. I hate chemicals on my clothes and I’m also sensitive to smells and I dislike most dryer sheets. I’ve read that you can make your own by sewing up a rectangle and adding some essential oils, but I actually found a better idea that I love. I started using wool balls. Yes, balls! You throw 3-6 in your dryer with your wet clothes and it really does work! It actually dries your clothes faster. I have noticed if my load is too large, it doesn’t work as well, but if I keep my loads to a regular size, the balls can move around freely in the dryer and soak up the excess water and my clothes come out with no stinky perfume smell or chemicals on them at all.
If you prefer a smell, go ahead and add a few essential oils to the wool balls. I’ve done that and it leaves a really light scent. You can also add EO’s to your vinegar/fabric softener and it also adds a hint of a scent to your clothes. I prefer to just add the scent in the laundry soap by using the Bronner bars and that is enough for me, but some people want more, so experiment and try it out!
Possible Cost Savings. Definite Health Safety.
I’m sure there is a cost savings in there, which I haven’t really added up or figured out, but I mostly do it because it is worth it to me to not have chemicals come in contact with my skin or my children’s skin. One of the best ways to do that is to switch out the laundry soap and fabric softener for safer alternatives. This isn’t hard to do and makes me feel relieved when many of their skin issues clear up and get better.
Free Laundry Printable
Here’s a free print you can grab and frame for your laundry room! It’s 8×10 so if you print it at home, be sure to trim the edges or adjust your print settings if you have 8×10 paper. To download, just click on the image below and then when it loads, right click and choose SAVE AS to save on your computer. Enjoy!
Is there anything you’ve tried that is non-traditional for your laundry? What has worked? What hasn’t?
Happy Creative Laundering!