Most times, living a healthier lifestyle, starts right at home. You change things around the house, get rid of the bad and bring in the new. No different than when you start a diet and purge all of your junk food, to create a healthier home. You should do exactly that when creating a healthier laundry room. Toss those dryer sheets and opt for wool dryer balls and maybe even make your own laundry detergent. Start by getting rid of the bad and replacing it with the good. You can do this gradually as you find a natural, healthy replacement solutions or you can be aggressive and toss all of those harsh chemical filled laundry aides straight into the trash. Keep your mind set on what you want and jump in head first. The sooner you realize your laundry room needs a healthy change, the sooner you can get started. There are a number of things that you can do to create a healthier laundry room. Here are just a couple of things that will get you on the right track, towards a healthier laundry room:
Trade in Your Dryer Sheets and Fabric Softeners
Instead of tossing you dryer sheets into the dryer, toss them in the trash can. Get rid of them and replace them with natural wool dryer balls. Your dryer sheets are laced with chemicals that are not good for your clothes and harmful to your skin. The liquid fabric softener is the same. Get rid of both of these harmful laundry aides and try using wool dryer balls. You can purchase them or you can make your own. They reduce wrinkles, absorb static electricity and fluff your clothes all at the same time. Wool dryer balls with do the same job as both of those chemical filled products and they also lower the drying time, which will save you money on your electric bill. Dryer balls will last for years and all the money you were spending on expensive dryer sheets and fabric softeners can be used on something more important. You can also add scents to your dryer balls by using essential oils.
Make Your Own Laundry Detergent
Can you name any of the ingredients in your usual laundry detergent? I didn’t think so. Know what goes into your laundry detergent by making a homemade batch of laundry detergent. You can make a year’s worth of laundry detergent for under ten dollars. All you do is gather your ingredients, most recipes include a coconut based soap along with washing powder, grate your soap and mix well. Try to steer clear of the recipes that call for Borax, as it can cause skin irritation, especially those with psoriasis and eczema. Store your homemade laundry detergent in an air tight container. Use two to three tablespoons for each load. The cost of store bought laundry detergent adds up quickly; you will notice instant savings by switching to a homemade detergent and be one step closer to a healthier laundry room.