Laundry is my least favorite chore. Don't get me wrong, I love all the smells, clean clothes and things. I even don't mind the loading, switching and folding all that much, BUT the putting away is basically non-existent.
Do you loathe it too?
I need all the simple laundry tools that make it fun and easy. Laundry is something that's supposed to be clean and delightful, but often times we find even the "cleanest" or "baby-safe" brands are filled with greenwashing marketing ploys to get us to buy them.
In this blog, you'll learn 4 Dirty Laundry Habits that the typical household practices and ways to make simple swaps that are green and clean for your family. And, in case you missed our Laundry for the Fruga Mama check it out for doubling your Thieves Laundry Soap Hacks and my Dryer Ball Spray Recipe.
#1 Dirty Laundry Soap:
Some [dirty] Ingredients you're likely to find in detergent at your local supermarket:
-Diethylene Glycol-(DEG) EU Cosing Prohibited Ingredient; Neurological effects & fatal if ingested; warning for pregnant women to avoid
-Fragrance- Possible Allergic Reactions, possible carcinogen; A combination of up to 3000 fragrant chemicals - added to most personal care products
-Borax- Boric Acid; Respiratory and Skin Irritation with chance of damaging fertility; on the Canadian "Hotlist"
-Linear Alkylbenzene Sulfonate- Respiratory and Skin Irritation
-Methylisothiazolinone- May trigger eczema, skin and eye irritation likely, respiratory irritant; Environmental Defense Canada Toxic Ten List
And that's in adult detergent, there are detergents out there made specifically for baby clothes. These, sadly, aren't any better. There is a specific one on the market that I used with my newborn because, it smelled like baby! It is labeled "Stage 1:Newborn Liquid Laundry Detergent" and yet it contains DEG, fragrance, and borax. How scary?! These are ingredients that cause respiratory issues in adults, can you imagine what they do to tiny baby lungs?!
Laundry Soap Simple Swap:
With a formula that effectively and gently cleans clothing, Thieves Laundry Soap is made up of plant-based ingredients and leaves no chemical or synthetic residue. Natural enzymes and powerful essential oils leave your clothes fresh and clean with a light citrus scent—something that everyone in the family will love. Not only does it clean well, but a little also goes a long way!
We double ours. Get the hack here.
Want to create your own laundry smell boost? Here are some recipes!
Pure and Simple
Incorporating some of our best odor-busting scents, this blend offers a crisp, clean fragrance that’s perfect for everything in your gym bag and beyond.
2 drops Purification® essential oil blend 1 drop Tea Tree essential oil
When life gives you lemons, put them in your laundry for a fabulously fresh citrusy splash that goes everywhere you do!
2 drops Lemon essential oil 1 drop Grapefruit essential oil
Try washing or drying your sheets and pajamas in this luxurious, on-point blend of spa-like florals and fruit.
2 drops Bergamot essential oil 1 drop Lavender essential oil
Get away from it all by turning your pile of dirty laundry into a fresh stack of vacation-inspired fluffiness.
2 drops Orange essential oil 1 drop Rosemary essential oil