Years ago I would had never given thought to what laundry products I used in my home. I just automatically used what I had grown up with. Only for a short period of time, when my daughters were first born, did I make sure that I used a special baby laundry soap. Why? Well, that’s what I thought you did. It wasn’t until the last year or two that I really started learning about the harmful side effects of regular, store bought laundry products. I realized that I needed to make a change. I needed to figure out how to do our laundry without chemicals.
Was it going to be hard? Was it even going to be doable? I wasn’t sure, but I knew that I didn’t want to keep purchasing the chemical filled products that I had been doing for years. I just wish I had learned about this sooner.
1. The DIY Route
Back in 2011 I made my own laundry detergent. And you know what? It actually worked.
I felt so proud of myself. It was one of my very first ‘homemade’ cleaners and I thought I it was the coolest thing. Well, until I had to keep making the detergent.
Now, don’t get me wrong, making homemade laundry detergent isn’t hard to do and is actually quite cost effective, but for me, well, I just figured there had to be some companies out there that could do a better job at making something like this better then I could.
2. Grab Green Laundry Pods
OK. Let me first say that when I was planning out this blog post, I had NO idea that there would be people out in the world actually eating laundry detergent pods on purpose. Really people?? I mean there are so many comments spinning through my head about that, but I’m just going to keep them to myself.
With that being said, let me do a quick PSA right here.
Laundry Detergent.. is for Laundry.. The End
OK. I’m Done..
Now, where was I?
Oh yes, my favorite non-toxic laundry detergent.
I came across Grab Green back in 2015 at the Shift Con Conference. This was the first non-toxic laundry detergent that I was going to try, so I was a little skeptical of how well they would actually work.
I mean to be honest, my thinking was that you needed the chemicals to get the dirt out, but you know what.. you don’t!
After trying Grab Green for the first time, I decided to try a few other non-toxic laundry pods. All of which worked OK, but I found myself going back to the Grab Green pods and have been using them ever since.
3. Chlorine-Free Bleach
Bleach can come in handy for some things.. I guess, but believe it or not, you can actually keep your whites white without having to use the ‘smelly’ chlorine stuff.
Seventh Generations makes a liquid chlorine-free bleach. By using hydrogen peroxide, this liquid does a fantastic job removing stains and keeping my whites bright.
4. Dryer Balls
When I first heard about dryer balls I laughed. No way could two little balls, bouncing around in my dryer do a good job softening my clothes. Yet after I read an article about the the different issues that could arise from using dryer sheets, I figured I would give them a try.
I found these balls at a local store and have been using them for over a year now. I LOVE them!
Somehow these non-toxic little balls help separate the clothes and soften them. They really do.
Using only two per load, these little things do an amazing job. And after using them for just a week, I threw away a huge box of dryer sheets that I had. No more chemical yuckyness in my dryer.
5. Stain Remover
This was the last laundry product that I went non-toxic with. My husband works around a lot of auto mechanic shops, so he often comes home with grease stains that are really hard to get out. So needless to say, I was a little leery that a ‘non chemical‘ stain remover would work.
AGAIN.. I was proven that you don’t need harmful chemicals to get your clothes clean. This Ecover stain remover really does the job.
How About You?
Do you clean with eco-friendly, non chemical laundry products? If you do, which ones are your favorites? Leave me a comment and let me know!
Thanks for stopping by and happy cleaning!
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