Let’s talk laundry! It might not be a favorite topic for most.
You have to remember to take the clothes from the washer to the dryer, fold them, then put them away…
And if you’re like me, you tend to forget everything that comes after step one for hours at a time.
But despite the bad reputation laundry gets, it’s actually such a wonderful way to show your family and loved ones that you care. Because nothing says love like washing the clothing that got dirty while memories were being made!
LET’S TAKE THAT A STEP FURTHER…
Laundry is a chore of love. Your clothes hold you and keep you warm and safe. They support your confidence and your self-esteem. They do a lot!
And up until a few years ago, we were washing them with chemical-heavy laundry detergents and using bad-for-you dryer sheets as well.
Once we brought our first daughter home and realized how sensitive her skin was, I began reading into the ingredients in laundry detergents and household items, only to find that harsh, hormone-disrupting and cancer-causing ingredients are used in so many seemingly safe products.
So I began searching for healthier alternatives, and this led me down a path of ridding my home of toxins altogether.
Throughout this transition, I’ve tried countless ‘all-natural’ and ‘safe’ products, only to find that they don’t work as well as their counterparts.
That is until I stumbled upon 4 laundry essentials that have changed the game (in my opinion) for healthy, chemical-free laundry!
4 CHEMICAL-FREE LAUNDRY MUST-HAVES THAT WORK WONDERS
ESSENTIAL #1: SEVENTH GENERATION FREE & CLEAR LAUNDRY DETERGENT
This laundry detergent is my absolute favorite! Not only is it free of harmful chemicals, but it’s free of fragrances too.
And it gets the job done! This detergent gets our clothes so clean, and I can trust that it’s safe for my entire family – babies included!
ESSENTIAL #2: SEVENTH GENERATION FREE & CLEAR LAUNDRY STAIN REMOVER
I seriously cannot say enough about this stain remover. I have tried so many healthy alternatives that simply don’t work.
You’re left scrubbing and scrubbing, only to find that the stains STILL won’t come out in the wash. Not worth it! I was close to giving up when I tried Seventh Generation’s stain remover, and I was sold right away!
Not only did it work well, but it worked well with minimal scrubbing! And we cloth diaper our kids, so a stain remover that works is entirely necessary for our home. I buy this in bulk from Amazon and always like to have an extra on hand!
ESSENTIAL #3: DROPPS OXI BOOST PODS
The other laundry brand I’m loving these days is Dropps! Their products are natural and safe, and they are eco-friendly. Total win.
I love their Oxi Boost pods for those loads of laundry that just need that extra boost. Instead of using something high in harmful chemicals, I toss in a Dropps Oxi Boost pod, and my clothes come out lighter and brighter!
I mainly use them on white loads or loads that are messier than usual, and they always do a great job!
ESSENTIAL #4: WOOL DRYER BALLS
When it came to a natural and healthy fabric softener, I was coming up short. I tried several varieties, but I either didn’t like the way they made our clothes feel or the formula was too thick and would clog the washer!
So I opted to try out wool dryer balls instead, and I don’t think I’ll ever go back! I just throw a few wool dryer balls in my dryer with a few drops of lavender essential oil, and call it a day.
They work just like fabric softener; but as a bonus, you can simply leave them in your dryer for months at a time without having to replace them!
An all-natural solution that makes your life easier too? Yes, please!
I add fresh essential oil drops every few washes and replace the balls every few months, but I will never go back to fabric softener at this point!
TO WRAP IT UP
There are lots of options these days when it comes to healthy alternatives for the home, but make sure to do your research. Find a product that will not only work for you and your family, but one that is well made and truly healthy.
Test out some products for yourself to see what works for you, but if you’re in a similar boat as me, I know you’ll love these options — especially that stain remover!
And that’s it – short and sweet! Let me know which one you’re going to try, and share your favorite laundry essential in the comments below!