Let’s Talk Laundry: Two Ways to Lower Toxicity and Expenses in Your Home

So a while ago I saw a viral tip that suggested if you ever accidentally used dish washing liquid instead of dish detergent in the dish washer you could use fabric softener to cut through the bubbles quickly and get your machine back in working order. I couldn’t tell you where I saw this article or when as it was so long ago. But reading through the comments on that particular article people were aghast at such a suggestion. They were fiercely adamant that fabric softener was actually one of the most toxic substances in our home and should be no where near your eating utensils and plates. 

So I looked it up and article after article popped up of scary chemical compounds found in fabric softener. And I thought why even buy it then? If it’s so toxic why put it on your clothes to wear all day? What sense does that make? So I stopped. 

Here is what I use instead!


Yup plain old white vinager. You may be wondering why? Well I’ll tell you vinager eliminates smells from clothes. And as a Mom I can assure you yes ALL smells. Bed wetting accident? Sour milk? Leaving the clothes in too long they mildew? Not that that has ever happened to me. *cough* Vinegar, usually half a cup to no more than a full cup, will freshen the stinkest load. Just add it to your wash at start. Being sure not to add too much because then your clothes will smell like a nice salad. This little modest ingredient has cut down on costs of our laundry products and chemical exposure in our home. 

So then you may be asking what about wrinkles?

I’m so glad you asked! These bad boys are a must buy. Now there are many brands and types of dryer balls you could buy these just happen to be what I found here on Amazon that had good reviews and a nice price point. And they last several years for less than $17!

These little guys work amazing to eliminate wrinkles. They also eliminated any need for a dryer sheet further eliminating chemicals from our home. You can of course add a scent to them if you have a particular essential oil you like. I just really enjoy the smell of nothing! Since we can not hang our laundry to dry at our home this is seriously the next best thing. 

I hope this post gave you some fresh ideas on how to cut expenses, lessen your homes toxicity all while minimizing your needs. Be blessed friends! 

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1 Comment

  1. I am going to try the vinegar and wool dryer balls. I can’t tell you how frustrated I get having to hunt down every dryer sheet in crannies of clothes I didn’t even know they could hide in! To be honest, I hadn’t given much thought to chemicals present other than the ones we keep from the children, but now I will be much more cognizant. 🙂

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