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How to make your own laundry products

November 09, 2016

Let’s face it, there aren’t many people who like doing the laundry, and even less people who relish the thought of ironing.  

We get lots of advice when it comes to healthy eating and how to keep our families safe, but there is little advice out there about how to protect them from everyday risks posed by cleaning products.  There are now so many scientific studies confirming that chemicals regularly found in household cleaning products are bad for our health and that list includes washing powders.  But it doesn’t have to be this way.

With more children (and adults) suffering from skin complaints and allergies than ever before the tide is finally turning.  Once seen as a bit hippyish, green cleaning is now becoming mainstream.  Children are learning about going green at school and people are actively looking for ways to eliminate chemicals from their homes and find more sustainable products which are still as effective at cleaning but less expensive and kinder to our bodies and the environment.

There are lots of natural laundry products on the market, but why buy when you can make the same for just a fraction of the price?  Here are some of the best recipes we’ve come across to get shirts ship-shape, socks spotless and clothes crease-free.

This natural washing powder recipe from popular UK food and lifestyle blogger Bexz Walker not only washes your clothes well, it negates to need to use fabric softener or lime-preventer tablets to keep your machine from getting clogged up.  

Now that Winter is approaching the tumble dryer has come out of hibernation.  Shorten the amount of time it takes for clothes to dry by making these fab wool dryer balls which also help to remove static cling and make ironing easier.

On the topic of ironing, we found this awesome recipe for a wrinkle release spray from lifestyle blogger Jillee. We didn’t even know there was such a thing but we think it looks fab.

These natural dryer sheets help eliminate static cling and make your clothes smell sweet. 

For removing stubborn stains from clothing, Mangle & Wringer have a great guide on their website explaining a range of methods for different types of stains.

While we’re on the subject of making your own cleaning products, here’s an effective dishwasher liquid from Friends of the Earth which doesn’t contain phosphates; hazardous to water supplies. 

And if you haven’t got the time to make your own, but want to make the change to a natural washing powder we'd recommend hopping over to Mangle & Wringer who've got a great range.