Natural Laundry Tips
I love finding new a different ways to use essential oils and am always looking for new applications for them. They truly are little miracles and have helped me be so much more eco-friendly and ‘green’ than I ever thought possible.
You can help your laundry “go green” along with the rest of your household by creating simple laundry products in your own kitchen.
How to Make Homemade Laundry Softener;
A simple laundry softener can be made from 1 part Borax and 2 parts Baking Soda, and can be scented with natural Essential Oils, or left unscented. Toss one or two tablespoons of this simple powder into your wash to help soften and fragrance your clothing and linens.
Mountain Rose Herbs is one of those suppliers I always return to for their consistently high quality stock of ingredients. They have wonderful hydrodols/distillates which can be used for a multitude of purposes.
Scenting Clothes Naturally; Ironing with Hydrosols
Certain Hydrosols make great Linen Waters too. Neroli Hydrosol, Lavandula Hydrsosol, or Rose Hydrosol can be used while ironing to add a touch of gentle, all natural fragrance to your clothing. Ironing with Hydrosol is best reserved for dark fabrics, but all fabrics should be tested with a little Hydrosol prior to use as Hydrosols can stain certain fabrics. Since Hydrosols can vary from batch to batch it is important to patch test your fabric every time to avoid accidental staining, even if you have used a particular type of Hydrosol for this purpose in the past.
Scenting Clothes in the Dryer;
Another easy way to scent your laundry with natural Essential Oils is with your dryer. Add just one drop of Essential Oil (Lavender is a great choice) to a cotton ball, and seal it inside a Muslin Bag. Toss the Muslin Bag into the dryer along with your wet laundry. The scent of the Essential Oil will quickly fill the Dryer with aroma, leaving just the right amount of scent on the laundry. Be careful to choose an Essential Oil that is safe for the entire family, and to never use more than one or two drops per load.
An even greener step would be to skip the dryer all together and hang your clothes out on a clothesline to dry and soak up all the fresh air and sunlight. (p.s. sunlight kills germs and freshens clothes naturally!) You could always spray them with a hydrosol for a little added scent while hanging out to dry.
I hope you find a way to use essential oils in your ‘green’ home!
Here’s to the natural beauty workshop for your tips; thanks for the great info!
Natural Cleaning Products to Purchase
If you’d rather not spend the time making your household cleaners, a blog I recently came across had a nice list of natural alternatives;
Green Works seems to take the cake for this and seems to be liked well by most who’ve tried it and also offers a large selection of products; Green Works.
All of these products are made with all natural ingredients, all biodegradable.
Frankly Green put up a list of a lot of other environmentally-friendly brands that also:
- Ecover – Dishwashing, Laundry, Household, Personal Care
- Seventh Generation – Dishwashing, Laundry, Household, Personal Care, Baby, Paper
- Shaklee – Dishwashing, Laundry, Household
- Mountain Green – Laundry and Household
- Method – Dishwashing, Laundry, Household
- Nellie’s Laundry Products – Laundry
- Mrs. Meyers – Household, Laundry, Pet
- Ecos – Household, Laundry, Personal Care, Pet
- Dr. Bronner’s – Soaps and Body Care
- biokleen – Dishwashing, Laundry, Household
- Mrs. Meyer’s worked really well, and they come in cute bottles with great scents.