4 DIY Non-Toxic Laundry Alternatives

1. Soap Nuts: are one of the simplest DIY detergent options because they only contain one ingredient (soapberries). When you agitate soap nuts in the washing machine, they release saponin, which helps the water dissolve dirt and stains from your clothes. You can toss them into the machine whole, grind them up, or make soap nut liquid detergent by boiling them in water. When you’re done using them, you can compost them right into the garden.

2. Homemade Laundry Detergent: Simply grate 1 bar of castille soap, like Dr. Bronner’s. Add 1 cup of borax and 1 cup of washing soda. To wash your clothes, use 1-2 tablespoons.

3. Laundry Sachet: Instead of scenting your clothes with synthetics, you can use all natural herbs. Most homemade sachets use lavender, but you can use other herbs like raspberry leaf to gently scent your clothes without the toxins. To make your own sachet cut a piece of organic or scrap fabric to 11″ x 4.5″, then fold and iron it in half, right sides together. Next use your sewing matching to stitch all the way around the folded fabric, leaving yourself a 2″ gap so that you can flip it right side out and stuff it. Stuff your sachet with 1 1/2 cups of dried herbs of your choice. Tuck in the unfinished opening, stitch it closed, and toss in the dryer.

4. Homemade Liquid Fabric Softener: You can use this in your washing machine just as you would commercial softeners, but it’s better for your health and leaves clothes smelling sweet! Just add 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oil to a one-gallon jug of white vinegar. Close the lid and give it a good shake. When it’s time to do your laundry, use 1/3 cup per load.

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