Take a look at the ingredients label on your laundry detergent. It’s probably not something you do often since your main interest is the smell and feel of your clothes after they’re washed.
But, you’ll probably find one of the following on the list:
- Sodium Lauryl
- Chlorine Bleach
- Ammonium Sulfate
All of these chemicals are potentially harmful to your skin and your health. That’s why it’s time you stopped using them and started to try one, or all, of these simple ways to freshen your laundry.
It’s worth noting that many of these compounds actually appear in dish soaps, shampoos, and even body wash. Take a look at the ingredients. You’ll be amazed at what you’re putting on, and effectively into, your body.
- The Green Alternative
Just because most detergents have these chemicals, doesn’t mean that they all do. You need to start reading labels to find those that are most environmentally friendly. These are brands that do things like using recycled plastic for their bottles, offer refills, and avoid using chemicals.
Check out this specially formulated laundry detergent to see exactly what an environmentally friendly detergent should be like.
- Baking Soda
This is a great way to freshen your clothes, it’s cost-effective and actually works.
Simply add it to the water in your machine. If you have a top loader you may want to let it fill before adding the baking soda. Of course, you can simply add the baking soda to the detergent cup on a conventional front loader.
The baking soda will soften the clothes and regulate the pH level in your machine. This ensures your clothes are clean, soft, and feel fresh, while your machine has fewer odors.
This is best added to the rinse cycle of your machine. You’ll want to use approximately ¼ cup of white vinegar.
This can be put into the fabric softener portion of your machine, or simply added manually during the rinse cycle. The result will be the same, soft clothes.
The important thing to remember is that if you add vinegar during the wash cycle your clothes will smell of vinegar. But, if you add it during the rinse cycle they will be fresh without smelling of vinegar.
That’s important because as much as you want to adopt a natural approach and protect your skin, you probably don’t want to smell like you’ve just been to the chip shop!
If you’re looking to add a little fragrance to your clothes naturally then you can 4-5 drops of your favorite essential oil onto a damp, but clean, cloth.
This can be added to your wash cycle and will infuse your clothes with your favorite aroma without affecting the performance of the other products. Of course, this is still a natural approach, but, you’ll be able to change the fragrance of your clothes every time you wash them, depending on the event of the mood you’re in.