As with many things in our lives these days I hadn’t really considered what I was washing my clothes with. I had started using Tide Free for Hudson’s laundry and continued to just use the regular stuff for ours because I liked the way it smelled. I wasn’t until I went to a Norwex cleaning demo that all of the chemicals in those products were brought to my attention. From there I have done a complete overhaul on how I do our laundry! I started with Norwex and have moved on to a cheaper, more effective alternative, Nellie’s Laundry Soda!
Before reading this I dare you to google your laundry soap and find out what chemicals are in it. I was using one of the worst ones out there and even the sensitive version is terrible.
Here’s a great link:
This is my new laundry regime:
Step 1: Wash
I now use Nellie’s Laundry Soda to wash my clothes. It’s filler free, which means no residue left on your clothes and less static. You only need 1 tsp because it’s so concentrated, so a tin lasts a long time!
Step 2: Fabric Softener
I make a homemade fabric softener with epsom salts, baking soda and essential oils. Add 1- tbsp to your rinse cycle and your clothes will feel soft and smell great!
- 2 cups Epsom salts
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 20 drops of your favourite essential oil (I used lavender and lime)
- Mix together and keep in an airtight container
Step 3: Dry
I have ditched the toxic dryer sheets (which account for most of the indoor air pollution in our homes). I purchased a pack of Norwex 100% New Zealand Wool dryer balls. Add 2 drops of doTERRA lavender per ball in the last 10 mins of drying for naturally great smelling laundry! Elevation and Serenity essential oil blends are also great! The dryer balls also help reduce dryer time, prevent static and fluff clothes as they dry. I love that they keep my sheets from getting all tangled up as they dry.