As you guys know by now, I’m a little bit of a clean freak. As previously promised, I’d like to continue my roundup of all natural DIY cleaning supplies. Since there are so many different cleaning supplies, I’m breaking it down by uses. Formerly, we focused on the kitchen and bathroom and we will also talk about the rest of the house but today I’d like to focus on everyone’s favorite chore—laundry!
Here are some cheap, simple, and all natural supplies to help you get through laundry day! The ingredients are all so simple, and you’ll have plenty to last. As always, feel free to experiment with your essential oils to find out which one you like best.
While most laundry soaps are tedious to make, Tiffany with Imperfectly Happy has cracked the code with laundryonaise! You can find the steps at the link, but it’s pretty much as simple as laundry soap gets, and the supplies are mostly things you will already have!
Here is what’s needed:
- Bar of soap
- 1 cup washing soda
- 1 cup laundry booster
- 10-20 drops essential oil
- Hot water
- Storage jars
This produces quite a bit of soap, and comes out to just cents for each load! Just add a spoonful to each load directly in the machine.
Making your own fabric softener for the washer is also super cost-effective and simple. I actually just make mine in bulk, but you’re welcome to decrease the portions.
Here is everything you need:
- 1 gallon plain vinegar
- Herbs (optional)
- 45-60 drops of essential oil
- Storage container
Vinegar is a softening agent, so it works as a base here. The essential oils help add a nice smell, and oils such as orange, lavender, or lemon act as an antibacterial. The herbs, while optional, help create a more potent smell. I prefer lavender or rosemary. All you have to do is mix, store, and enjoy! Use about 1/4 cup in your machine each load.
I really like homemade dryer sheets because they are easy, cheap, and reusable! It’s as simple as monitoring a jar.
Here’s what you need:
- Cotton cloths (old t-shirts, washrags, etc)
- 1 cup vinegar
- 25 drops of essential oils
- Storage jar that seals tightly
First, you’ll need to cut the t-shirts, rags, or whatever type of cotton cloth you are using into smaller squares. Then, just mix up the vinegar and essential oils (again I tend to gravitate to orange and lavender) and add your clothes to the jar. When it’s time to use a dryer sheet, simply grab one from the jar- wring it out into the jar if needed- and throw it in the dryer! You’ll want to switch out your mixture every so often, so just be aware of that.
These are some cheap, simple, and all natural supplies to help you get through laundry day! The ingredients are all so simple, and you’ll have plenty to last. As always, feel free to experiment with your essential oils to find out which one you like best.
How do you guys survive laundry day? Share with me in the comments below!