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I am mom of two active young boys, therefore I have about 6 loads of laundry to do every week. We try to wash all of our sheets at least once a week. Occasionally D-Man’s twice a week if there are a lot of allergens in the air and it’s setting off his asthma. We also have linens from daycare that come home at the end of the week. This turns into at least 6 loads. That’s a bunch of detergent!
I have turned to Pinterest and have been using some homemade items to ease the cost of detergent and not set off my son’s or husband’s allergies and asthma. I make my own detergent, dryer sheets, dryer balls and stain lifter. It doesn’t take many ingredients and ends up shortening the dryer time and saving on laundry expenses.
I have been using all of these items since last June and they have performed beautifully. We have very hard water, a traditional top load washer, front load dryer, we use them for hot or cold loads, and we have boys who like to get stains on many items!
Laundry Soap: borax, washing soda, and water (I use distilled, our water if very hard and goes through 50 year old pipes, thinking distilled prolongs the clarity and life of the product) HINT: it is important to follow these instructions carefully otherwise you end up with gritty detergent
Stain Lifter: hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and water (distilled) HINT: this product settles; when you use it shake it up but be aware that a chemical reaction takes place between the acidic nature of hydrogen peroxide and the basic nature of baking soda, do not over fill the container
Dryer Sheets: cut up swaddling blankets, vinegar, and essential oils (I use tea tree) HINT: place sheets in an air tight container so the liquid doesn’t evaporate
Dryer Balls: 100% wool yarn HINT: I made a box for my balls because they end up rolling away on me when I’m doing laundry in the basement
You don’t have to get the containers that I used, but if you want to make the labels here’s a quick step by step.
- Get onto any word processing platform, make a shape, drop some word art into it and print it out.
- Cut out the shapes and spray them with clear spray, I used acrylic sealer, to prevent the ink from running when you Mod Podge.
- Use Outdoor Mod Podge to adhere to the containers since they most likely will not always stay dry.
Hope you enjoy saving some money and using products that have just what you need to get the job done instead of all the additives.