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3 Low Waste, Non-Toxic Laundry Tips for Beginners

Updated: Jul 16, 2020


*This blog post was sponsored by Ecovana and featured on their website! Ecovana officially launched in Canada on June 1, 2020. Check out their wonderful zero waste products on their website here.




Laundry is one of those never-ending tasks that sometimes haunts us in our dreams. The washing machine especially seems to eat socks and that can never be found again. You throw all the clothes in and just hope and pray they all survive the journey through the cycle of washing and drying and land safely back into our dresser drawers.


Just me? Maybe you aren’t quite as anxious as I am about losing socks in the laundry, but you cannot deny that laundry can be an overwhelming chore.


And then you must consider the environmental impact of completing all of those cycles of washing and drying. The USA National Parks service offers a variety of tips to help reduce water waste in a recent article they published about water conservation, read it here: https://www.nps.gov/articles/laundry.htm.


And what about the toxins that can be found in scented laundry detergent and dryer sheets? Your skin absorbs a large amount of toxic chemicals so finding low waste, non-toxic laundry options for your health and home is a must. Some ingredients to be looking out for to avoid include: phthalates (endocrine disrupting chemicals found in plastic), BPA (endocrine disruptor and can also impact brain development in children), Formaldehyde (may cause cancer), Parabens (hormone disruptor, may cause breast cancer), Fragrance (possible endocrine and hormone disruptor), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (may cause skin irritations), Triclosan (endocrine disruptor, may cause irritation in the lungs), Siloxanes (immune system disruptor and may cause issues in overall reproductive health) and Aluminum (may increase risk for breast cancer).


So where is the best place to begin?


1. Switch to plant based, ultra-concentrated laundry detergent.


Start checking the ingredient list on your current laundry soap. Does your detergent contain any of the toxic chemicals listed above? Make a plant based laundry detergent swap. If you haven’t yet, download the Think Dirty App and scan the various brands available at your grocery store. Be aware of greenwashing and the companies that claim to be non-toxic or environmentally friendly that really aren’t.


One example of a wonderful 100% plant-based, 6 times ultra-concentrated laundry detergent is Young Living’s Thieves Laundry Detergent. You can dilute it down with a simple recipe to make the detergent last three times as long. Watch the video here on Instagram by Lacey Dilworth to see how it’s done!



2. DIY your laundry products.


DIY your own laundry detergent, fabric softener and stain remover so you know exactly what ingredients are in your products and make a positive impact for the environment simultaneously.


DIY Laundry Detergent Recipe:

*Recipe credit goes to wellnessmama.com

-2 tablespoons Sal Suds

-¼ cup Baking Soda


DIY Fabric Softener Recipe:

*Recipe credit goes to joyfulworldessentials.com!

-Upcycled Glass Jar

-Unscented Epsom Salts

-20 drops Lavender Essential Oil

-20 drops Lemon Essential Oil

-20 drops Orange Essential Oil

-20 drops Citronella Essential Oil (for Spring/Summer)


DIY Stain Stick Recipe:

*Recipe credit goes to The Native House!

- 1/2 Thieves Laundry Detergent

- 1/2 Thieves Concentrate Cleaner

- 10 Drops Lemon Essential Oil



3. Swap scented dryer sheets for wool dryer balls.





Wool dryer balls are a fantastic low waste swap to add to your laundry room! Using wool dryer balls can also cut down on your drying time, which is a win for the busy momma and a win for the environment. If you are worried about the missing the scent of fresh, clean laundry, add some of these delicious essential oil combinations to your wool dryer balls:


For each combination add 2-5 drops of essential oil:

-Lavender Essential Oil + Citrus Fresh Essential Oil

-Gentle Baby Essential Oil + Orange Essential Oil

-Lemon Essential Oil + Lime Essential Oil

-Sacred Mountain Essential Oil + Grapefruit Essential Oil

-Christmas Spirit Essential Oil + Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil


What low waste, non-toxic laundry switch will you make in 2020?


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XO,


Madi





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