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Want to lessen the chemical load in your laundry and save some money while you're at it? Conventional laundry products often contain chemicals that can irritate your skin and cause other health concerns—not to mention introduce harmful substances into the environment. Alternative, eco-friendly products work on clothes just as well and are widely available in stores. Want to skip commercial products all together? Then make your own. Here are three popular options and how home-bloggers craft them using easy-to-find materials. Want bonus points? Hang clothes on a drying rack or on the line.

1. Stain-Fighters
Instead of bleaching, try ridding stains with a product made with plant-based enzymes and biodegradable ingredients, such as Puracy Natural Stain Remover (about $12). This formula can be used on most washable fabrics, including linens, silk, and carpets.

Sara McFall, blogger at My Merry Messy Life, concocts her own money-wise version using ingredients like baking soda and castile soap. See her tutorial: Homemade Natural Fabric Stain Remover.

2. Detergents
Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day (about $15) is a plant-derived cleaner that provides great-smelling results. Its fragrance is formulated using essential oils.

Get the same effect by mixing up your own. The family behind the blog Five Little Homesteaders likes to use citrus or lavender essential oil in their homemade version. See their tutorial: Homemade Laundry Soap.

3. Dryer Sheets
As a safer alternative to dryer sheets you can try Wool Dryer Balls by Woolzies (about $21 for a box of six). These last for 1,000 loads and are guaranteed to reduce drying time and eliminate wrinkles and static.

Sadie, blogger at Sadie Seasongoods crafts these wooly bundles from scratch. They're nontoxic and inexpensive to make. See her tutorial: DIY Wool Dryer Balls From Wool Roving.
laundry products
Photo by Luis Albuquerque/Getty
Want to lessen the chemical load in your laundry and save some money while you're at it? Conventional laundry products often contain chemicals that can irritate your skin and cause other health concerns—not to mention introduce harmful substances into the environment. Alternative, eco-friendly products work on clothes just as well and are widely available in stores. Want to skip commercial products all together? Then make your own. Here are three popular options and how home-bloggers craft them using easy-to-find materials. Want bonus points? Hang clothes on a drying rack or on the line.

1. Stain-Fighters
Instead of bleaching, try ridding stains with a product made with plant-based enzymes and biodegradable ingredients, such as Puracy Natural Stain Remover (about $12). This formula can be used on most washable fabrics, including linens, silk, and carpets.

Sara McFall, blogger at My Merry Messy Life, concocts her own money-wise version using ingredients like baking soda and castile soap. See her tutorial: Homemade Natural Fabric Stain Remover.

2. Detergents
Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day (about $15) is a plant-derived cleaner that provides great-smelling results. Its fragrance is formulated using essential oils.

Get the same effect by mixing up your own. The family behind the blog Five Little Homesteaders likes to use citrus or lavender essential oil in their homemade version. See their tutorial: Homemade Laundry Soap.

3. Dryer Sheets
As a safer alternative to dryer sheets you can try Wool Dryer Balls by Woolzies (about $21 for a box of six). These last for 1,000 loads and are guaranteed to reduce drying time and eliminate wrinkles and static.

Sadie, blogger at Sadie Seasongoods crafts these wooly bundles from scratch. They're nontoxic and inexpensive to make. See her tutorial: DIY Wool Dryer Balls From Wool Roving.
 
 

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