This post might seem intimidating or even not worth while for some of you, but let me assure you, having a from scratch laundry room is not that hard and definitely has it’s benefits!
Fact: The very first steps I took in the natural-from-scratch world were in the laundry room. It all started with my second born. He had eczema since birth basically and in an attempt to get rid of his poor itchy skin, I started to ditch common laundry detergents, said bye-bye to dryer sheets, and so much more. The laundry room was a quick way to make big improvements in his life and for the rest of the family’s lives too!
By moving towards a from scratch laundry room, you can reduce the toxins that touch your skin, clean the air that you breathe, and even help the environment from getting polluted. And it’s not hard to do! Just a switch here or there, one big recipe making day, getting rid of some products all together, and you’re all set with a healthier laundry room!
5 Ways to Have a From Scratch Laundry Room
Make Your Own Laundry Detergent
It’s very easy to make your own laundry detergents. Just a few ingredients and you can make a nice big batch of detergent. Scratch Mommy’s Lavender Laundry Soap smells amazing and it’s very easy to make. If you’d want to try something ridiculously natural and containing only one ingredient, then try using soap nuts or you can turn those soap nuts into a soap nut liquid which is even easier to use.
Make Your Own Dryer Sheets
Dryer sheets do make your laundry smell lovely, but they come with a steep toxic chemical cost. It is easy to skip the toxins and make your own dryer sheets. As a bonus, these 2 ingredient dryer sheets are reusable so you will also produce less waste.
Make Your Own Wool Dryer Balls
Have you heard of dryer balls? I hadn’t until a few years into my natural living ways. Wool dryer balls are pretty much what they sound like; they are literally balls of wool yard. Simple perhaps, but these things are amazing! Wool dryer balls cut down drying time, reduce static, and fluff laundry beautifully! They are a great alternative to dryer sheets. You can buy wool dryer balls, but you can also make your own.
Make Your Own Stain Remover
If you ask me finding an all natural stain remover is one of the hardest things. I’m not sure why a DIY stain remover is so allusive, but it took me quite a while before I found one! Nonetheless, I found one and so now you too can make your own stain remover.
Make Your Own Bleach Alternative
Bleach comes with quite a few concerns. It’s strong fumes can cause respiratory issues, aggregate asthma and allergies, and it’s also not so great for the environment either! Much like a natural stain remover, I was hard pressed to find a natural alternative to bleach. Yes, you could try plain old hydrogen peroxide, but that just doesn’t seem to have enough oomph. I did find this recipe from a fellow blogger for a homemade bleach recipe. I haven’t tried it yet, but it sounds like it should do the trick!
Good morning, Brittany! I have dryer balls and I make my own bath soap, so I will be going “all in” pretty soon by making my own detergent. I do have the soap nuts, but I find that they don’t work well enough for heavy-duty cleaning, so I keep them for lingerie and bedsheets. Have a great day!
I also make my own bath soap, cleaning agents and smells! I am very conscious about my children and my animals inhaling harmful toxins. Thanks for posting – love your blog xx
Great tips! We budgeted in wool dryer balls for this next month! 🙂
I really need to jump on the wagon and make my own wool dryer balls. We have so much laundry in this house!