Clean healthier for less – Some of the best things to have on hand are vinegar, baking soda, washing soda, and castile soap. Remember back in chemistry class from high school learning about acids and bases (Thanks Mrs. Privette!). Vinegar is an acid which is good to clean, and cut through soap scum, and other residues. Baking soda and washing soda are bases which are good to disinfect.
A create place to start is making your own laundry detergent and dryer balls.
Washing cycle shopping list
1 Bar of soap – I recommend Dr. Bronner’s because it’s made from a natural saponification process
1 Box Arm & Hammer Washing soda (55 oz) – Good for 4.5 batches
1 Box 20 Mule Team Borax (76 oz) – Good for 6 batches
Grated soap in to bowl and add 1.5 cups of washing soda and 1.5 cups of borax, and mix well. Use 1 tbsp per regular load or adjust accordingly. I use peppermint soap because of the fresh clean scent and add a few drops of lemon essential oil for its added cleansing benefits. You can choose to add nothing if you or a loved one has sensitive skin.
If your family has smelly clothes, try soaking them with vinegar first before washing them.
Washing List and Cost
Bar of soap - $4.50
Washing soda - $4.00
Borax - $4.00
Total $12.50 for the first batch which will last for many loads. Next 3 batches will cost $4.50. J
Dryer shopping list
1 spool of 100% wool yarn
1 set of cheap knee highs
Create a yarn ball by wrapping the yarn around three fingers several times, then start changing directions to create your ball. Make it about 1.5 – 2 inches in diameter. Cut string long enough so you can wrap the end around a couple of pieces and tie in a knot. After you’ve made at least 3 more take each ball and put it into the knee high, tying right above the ball. Add the next ball and tie right above it. Continue this process until you’ve filled the knee high, you should be able to fit 4 in each. Place in dryer on high with a load of laundry for 30 minutes. Remove and cut balls out of knee high. Use in all of your laundry. You can also add a few drops of any essential oils you would like to give it a fresh clean scent. The essential oil will last for a few loads before needing to be added again. These will last for a very long time.