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Here are the ways we are going more green and eco-friendly in 2019. I am trying to find ways that are realistic for busy families with children and still budget friendly! Being able to easily make changes to be more eco-conscious is a privilege that I feel lucky to have. I plan to treat that privilege like an honor and do my best to contribute towards conserving our planet.
I understand that many families may not have the time, money, or know-how to live more green. Let’s show each other more compassion and understanding when trying to share our knowledge with others. Some of these changes may feel like huge steps to some families, so even small baby steps are an improvement! Start with turning all lights off when not in use, not running your water while brushing your teeth, etc. These are small, fun habits that can be easily instilled in children as well.
I started off in my laundry room since there were only a few simple changes to make.
Once Avery was born, I switched us to laundry detergent that was free of added fragrances due to her delicate baby skin. I’ve used brands like Seventh Generation and Method, which are both marketed as more eco-friendly and non-toxic than most other brands. This year, I’ve decided to make a switch to Nellie’s All-Natural Laundry Soda.
Nellie’s Laundry Soda contains only 4 ingredients, is non-toxic, vegan, and comes in a metal tin. The powder is concentrated and you get an average of 100 regular sized loads per tin. So not only are you purchasing a container that is more easily recycled, but it is cost-effective as well. I found the price for one tin to be equal, if not more affordable than most average detergents with comparable load servings.
Wool Dryer Balls are an easy green swap to make in my opinion! I stopped using dryer sheets in 2017 when Avery was born. I was not comfortable with the residue and smell that they rubbed all over our clothing. My sister introduced my to the amazingness of wool dryer balls and I’ve never turned back! These seem to be a win-win-win in my book unless you feel bad for the sheep missing it’s wool! They are non-toxic, chemical free, and can be used for hundreds of washes! They also reduce your drying time, so you will save on energy. I have heard that you can add essential oils to wool dryer balls for a light scent on your clothes. However I saw some conflicting advice saying that it wasn’t safe for essential oils to be heated in the dryer so for now I will be skipping the scent.
20 Mule Team Borax was the latest addition to my laundry cabinet. I wanted something to help with those extra tough stains on my toddlers clothes. The box it comes in is also 100% recyclable, which is great!
When I started researching non-toxic laundry, I discovered a whole slew of controversial articles about Borax. Mostly this topic became a heated discussion since Borax was being used as an ingredient in homemade slime for children. After my own research, I felt that the “dangers” of Borax are related to ingestion, direct contact to skin or eyes, or not being properly diluted. Since I plan to only use it when adding it to my washing machine, which would dilute and rinse it out, I felt that it was a reasonable non-toxic, green switch for our family. I encourage you to do some research of your own if you are interested in learning more about it!
Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap has a variety of uses around the house (check out their dilution cheat sheet here). I recently started using it to make non-toxic foaming hand soap and absolutely love it! I plan to start trying out the other uses over the next few months and see what other replacements I can use it for! It does come in a plastic bottle, but I hope to make up for that by using it to make other household items that I would purchase in smaller plastic bottles. You can also purchase a 60 ounce size that comes in a larger size and would be a little more eco-friendly. I plan to do that once my small one runs out.
To make foaming hand soap, I bought these glass foaming soap dispensers from Amazon. You simply mix 1/5 castile soap with 4/5 distilled water and you have foaming hand soap! You can also add some oil for moisturizing or essential oils for scent and antibacterial properties (like melaleuca).
Do you have any eco-friendly, green tips for your laundry room? Leave a comment below and let me know!