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5 Ways to Detox Your Laundry Routine
Posted By Erin O On May 24, 2013 @ 3:00 am In Baby Steps,Cloth diapering,Do it yourself,Frugality,Healthy Living,Homemade,Living healthy,Natural living,Non-toxic cleaning | Comments Disabled
By Erin Odom , contributing writer
It wasn’t long after I started my natural living journey that I realized that I needed to detox my laundry routine. Most conventional laundering supplies contain dyes, perfumes and many other toxins.
At first, I simply began using a free and clear detergent. But even those are not quite as pure as they may appear.
The final push for me to fully detox my laundry routine was when I made the switch to cloth diapers . When I discovered that I needed to use a naturally-friendly detergent and skip on the stain removers, fabric softener and dryer sheets, I knew it was time for a full over-hall of my laundry routine.
My favorite stain remover is free and 100 percent natural–the sun! If I have a tough stain, I will hang the article of clothing out in the sun while it is still soaking wet. The sun usually bleaches it within a few hours!
You can also try:
I’ve never used a liquid fabric softener. My mother didn’t, so I just never thought it was important. However, I know it’s a normal part of many laundry routines.
White vinegar  is the perfect alternative to fabric softener. And not only does it soften, but it can also take the sour smell out of wet clothes that have sat in a washing machine for too long.
Up until I started using cloth diapers, I always used dryer sheets. I would get the cheapest ones and cut them in half to make them last longer.
But when I started using cloth diapers, I found out the dryer sheets would leave residue on them. Plus, that residue was leaving toxins on our clothes, too!
I immediately switched to using wool dryer balls , and I’ve never looked back.Wool dryer balls  can help speed up drying time, reduce some static cling, and, as an added bonus, wool is antibacterial!
I purchased my original ones from Re-Diaper.com , and I also have some from Mighty Nest . Mine have lasted for years. Many Etsy shop owners also sell them, or, if you’re crafty, you can even try making your own.
(Can’t bear to part with your dryer sheets? Give these homemade dryer sheets  a try!)
Traditional dry cleaners contain many potential toxins. I have always avoided clothes that required dry cleaning anyway–even before my natural living days. Back then, I just didn’t want the expense!
However, there will always be some items that absolutely must be dry cleaned. Our comforter set is one of those items. Thankfully, we have an organic, non-toxic dry cleaner business in my hometown. If you don’t, you may want to check into eco-friendly and non-toxic alternatives to dry cleaning .
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 Erin Odom: http://www.thehumbledhomemaker.com
 cloth diapers: http://thehumbledhomemaker.com/cloth-diaper-convert?ap_id=keeperhome
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 brittreints: http://www.flickr.com/photos/emmandevin/
 toxic chemicals typically found in laundering supplies.: http://www.motherearthliving.com/laundry-chemicals-to-avoid-zmez12mazsie.aspx#axzz2TnWbzLvU
 homemade detergent: http://wp.me/p2B71V-1jk
 Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/humbledhomemakr/homemade-cleaners/
 soap nuts: http://thehumbledhomemaker.com/2013/04/give-your-baby-a-jenuinely-pure-start-to-skincare.html
 detergent determiner: http://detergent.realdiaperindustry.org/
 EWG database: http://www.ewg.org/guides/categories/9-Laundry
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 Violentz: http://www.flickr.com/photos/violentz/
 oxygen bleach: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000CBEY86/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B000CBEY86&linkCode=as2&tag=keeofthehom-20
 Fels Naptha soap: http://www.stacymakescents.com/stacys-stain-removal
 10 homemade, all-natural stain removers: http://thehumbledhomemaker.com/2013/05/homemade-stain-removers.html
 White vinegar: http://wp.me/p2B71V-1jo
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 wool dryer balls: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00COMEVHU/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00COMEVHU&linkCode=as2&tag=keeofthehom-20
 Wool dryer balls: http://thehumbledhomemaker.com/2013/01/detox-your-laundry-room-with-wool-dryer-balls.html
 Re-Diaper.com: http://www.re-diaper.com
 Mighty Nest: http://www.mightynest.com
 homemade dryer sheets: http://www.liverenewed.com/2011/06/how-make-homemade-dryer-sheets.html
 eco-friendly and non-toxic alternatives to dry cleaning: http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/natural-beauty-fashion/stories/5-eco-friendly-alternatives-to-dry-cleaning
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