DIY Laundry Essentials for Frugal and Eco-Friendly Laundry Care

Posted April 14, 2023 by in Lifestyle

Making your laundry essentials is a cost-saver. It is a more cost-effective option than buying commercial products as you have more control over the ingredients you use. If you plan creating DIY laundry essentials, it is best to use eco-friendly laundry detergents. 

Eco-friendly ingredients for your laundry essentials are helpful in being frugal because it lessens the use of water and energy which results in significant savings over time. When it comes to wash and fold services, you can try to negotiate a lower rate with them, by requesting to use your DIY laundry essentials.

Here is how you can make your laundry essentials with eco-friendly ingredients. Make it fun and rewarding!

DIY Laundry Detergent

When you use your DIY laundry detergent, only use 1 to 2 tablespoons of it. It is enough to make your full load optimally clean. If you want the best results, you can dissolve the laundry detergent in hot water before adding it to the washer.

What ingredients do you need for your DIY laundry detergent?

  • 1 cup washing soda
  • 1 cup borax
  • 1 bar of natural soap

What equipment do you have to prepare in creating your DIY laundry detergent?

  • Cheese grater or food processor
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Storage container with a lid.

Follow these simple steps to create your laundry detergent.

  1. Grate the bar of soap using a food processor or cheese grater.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the grated soap, washing soda, and borax.
  3. Mix the ingredients together until they are well combined.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a storage container with a lid.

DIY Fabric Softener

You can use ¼ to a half cup of fabric softener per load. Add the fabric softener to the rinse cycle of the washing machine for better results.

What ingredients do you need for your DIY fabric softener? 

  • 2 cups of white vinegar
  • 2 cups of water
  • 20-30 drops of essential oil (optional)

What equipment do you have to prepare for your DIY fabric softener?

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Storage container with a lid

Here are the simple steps you can follow to make your DIY fabric softener.

  1. Use the large mixing bowl to combine the white vinegar and water.
  2. You may add 20-30 drops of essential oil to the mixture to give your fabric softener a natural scent.
  3. Transfer the mixture to the container with a lid.

DIY Stain Remover

This recipe works best on fresh stains. Test the stain remover on a small, inconspicuous area of the fabric before using it on the stain to make sure it does not cause any damage.

What ingredients do you need for your DIY stain remover? 

  • 1/4 cup of baking soda
  • 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/4 cup of liquid dish soap

What equipment do you have to prepare for your DIY stain remover?

  • Small mixing bowl
  • Spoon for stirring
  • Spray bottle

Here are the simple steps you can follow to make your DIY stain remover.

  1. Combine the baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and liquid dish soap in the small mixing bowl.
  2. Stir the mixture well until it forms a paste.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a spray bottle.
  4. Apply the stain remover to the stain, making sure to cover the entire stain.
  5. Let the stain remover sit on the stain for 10-15 minutes.
  6. Wash the fabric as usual.

DIY Dryer Balls

You can use 4 to 6 dryer balls per load and add a few drops of essential oils to the dryer ball to give the load a fresh scent.

What equipment do you have to prepare for your DIY dryer balls?

  • 100% wool yarn
  • Scissors
  • Pantyhose

Here are the simple steps you can follow to make your DIY dryer balls.

  1. Wrap the yarn around your fingers to create a small ball.
  2. Continue wrapping the yarn around the ball until it is the desired size (about the size of a tennis ball).
  3. Cut the yarn and tuck the end into the ball.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 until you have 4-6 dryer balls.
  5. Place the dryer balls inside a pair of pantyhose, tying knots between each ball to keep them separated.
  6. Wash the pantyhose and dryer balls in hot water.
  7. Dry the pantyhose and dryer balls on high heat.
  8. Remove the dryer balls from the pantyhose and use them in the dryer.

You can be frugal and eco-friendly when doing laundry care by switching to DIY laundry essentials. Besides saving money from creating laundry essentials from scratch, you can avoid the harsh chemicals found in several commercial products and reduce your exposure to harmful ingredients. DIY laundry essentials are also eco-friendly, as they often use natural ingredients that are safer for the environment. So, if you are looking for ways to reduce your exposure to harsh chemicals, save money, and be more eco-friendly, making your own laundry essentials is a great place to start. 

Bring your DIY laundry essentials when you visit the laundry service near you.

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