The 3 Best Eco-Friendly Non Toxic DIY Laundry Cleaners

Yesterday, we talked about the five simple ways your family can go green today and number three on the list was by green cleaning your home. I received several questions asking how to make your own non toxic laundry cleaners that actually work. I wanted to share the ways that I keep our laundry super green and clean by using some great eco-friendly laundry cleaner recipes and also a handful of tricks too, read on to get started.

1. Bleach Alternative:
Whites should be white – however, it can be tough to get your whites, white and bright without bleach. There is an eco-friendly solution, give my bleach-free alternative a try.

What you will need:

  • 1 Cup Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 3 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 15 Cups Water

You can either add this directly to your whites in the washing machine or put it in a spray bottle to pre-treat your clothes before adding them to the wash.

2. Stain Treatments:
Stains are my least favorite part of doing laundry, so having a strain remover that works the first time is essential. Here are my two favorite stain treatments, one for grease stains, and one for harder to remove stains – such as blueberries.

What you will need:

  • For Grease Stains:
    • Chalk: Yes, it true, chalk is an excellent grease remover. Keep a stick or two in your laundry room and then rub it on any grease spots – the chalk will absorb the grease stains and it washes out of the clothing during the wash cycle. 
    • For Hard to Remove Stains
      •  Dish Soap + Glycerin: Give a mixture of equal parts dish soap and glyercin a try on those hard to remove stains. Simply apply the mixture to the stain, it works like a charm.

    3.  Natural Homemade Laundry Detergent:
    There are many great recipes out there for making your own laundry detergent. In fact, I have been meaning to share a step-by-step tutorial on how to make the one that I use. (Look for an upcoming post!)

    What you will need:

    You simply mix the washing soda, baking soda, Borax, and Dr. Bonner’s Castile Soap. You have to continually stir the mixture until you get a moist detergent – just don’t stop stirring too quickly or you will be left with a large, hard clump that will be impossible to use. It should crumble easily.

    Do you have your own favorite non-toxic homemade laundry cleaners?
    I would love to hear your suggestions.

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