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DIY Laundry Room Recipes

All-Natural Cleaning Recipes For A Non-Toxic Laundry Routine

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If you’re a health conscious person like I am, and you’re concerned about what you put into your body, then you should be equally concerned about what goes on it.

Clothing, undergarments, bedding and towels—all of those items make constant contact with our skin. So washing these items with safe and non-toxic laundry alternatives is key to avoiding potentially harmful chemicals that can leach into our body.

The more friends and relatives I lose to cancer lately, the more I realize just how environmental factors really do influence our health. So for me, swapping to all-natural cleaning recipes has become a serious commitment—especially because I want my kids to be as healthy as possible.

When it comes to laundry products, I have begun to my make own—and it’s amazing how well they work and how much money I’ve been able to save. The only laundry product that I do purchase every once in a while are zero waste laundry strips for travel purposes—they’re so convenient for hotel stays and for when we visit family.

All of the ingredients required for DIY laundry products consist of simple pantry products, and to store them, you simple need a few glass mason jars—or anything with a tight sealing lid.

It’s also amazing how much little effort goes into making home-made laundry products, not to mention the freedom you have to experiment with different scents from essential oils.

So, without further ado, below are some of my favorite home-made laundry room recipes that are wonderful and effective alternatives to toxic store bought brands. I hope you give them a try and eventually make the switch for good!

DIY LAUNDRY SOAP

For this home-made laundry soap recipe, you’ll need to grate your Castile soap bar into fine powder (this can be done with a food processor). Once you have your powder, simply mix it with all of the other ingredients and store in a tightly sealed container of your choice (about a gallon sized container is ideal). This recipe yields around 90 loads of laundry.

To Use: 1 TBSP per load is ideal for high efficiency machines. 2 TBSP per load is ideal for regular machines.

To Brighten Whites: Pour in 1/2 cup of white vinegar into the bleach dispenser to whiten and soften clothing.

  • 1 Bar Of Castile Soap (Finely Grated)
  • 1 Cup Baking Soda
  • 2 Cups Of Borax
  • 2 Cups Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
  • 30-40 Drops of Essential Oils (Of Your Choice—I love using coconut and lemongrass or vanilla).

DIY LIQUID FABRIC SOFTENER

For this simple home-made liquid fabric softener recipe, you only need two ingredients. Mix them together and pour the mixture into your softener dispenser.

I really love this alternative fabric softener recipe because I can easily make it on demand whenever I do laundry and I love that I have the option to create different scents each time! My clothing and towels also come out soft, fluffy and fresh!

1/4 Cup Of White Vinegar

  • 5 Drops Of Essential Oil Of Choice (I love using Vanilla essential oil)


DIY FABRIC SOFTENER SHEETS

This home-made dryer sheet recipe is an alternative to liquid softener, though these sheets will also be wet. In addition to the ingredients, you will need a mason jar with a lid as well as flannel or cotton fabric that you will cut into about 20 or so 3 inch squares (I use old flannel receiving blankets which work perfectly).

Simply add the ingredients into your mason jar, shake well, and add the cloth which will soak up all the liquid. I typically place the cloth back into the jar where it will absorb some more mixture. When all of your sheets no longer feel damp, you should start the process all over again.

1/4 Cup White Vinegar

10 Drops of Essential Oil

20-25 Small Squares Of Flannel (Around 3 Inches)

1 Mason Jar

DIY Laundry Scent Booster

This easy laundry scent booster consists of only two ingredients. Simply mix the epsom salt and preferred essential oil in a mixing bowl (double the measurements for a larger batch) and store in an air tight container.

To Use: 1 TBSP per load is ideal

  • 1 Cup Epsom Salt
  • 20 Drops Of Preferred Essential Oil
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All-Natural DIY Cleaning Recipes For The Kitchen

A Collection Of My Favorite DIY Cleaning Recipes For A Non-Toxic Kitchen

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As a society, we keep our homes as clean as possible to keep everyone in our family healthy, but ironically use unhealthy and even toxic household cleaners to achieve what we think is a healthy home.

Next in line to the bathroom, the kitchen is the most utilized space in the home—and because of that, it requires constant cleaning.

Unfortunately, because of the pandemic, many people are quick to purchase the “strong” multi-purpose cleaners and hand soaps, when instead they could be using safe, home-made alternatives that kill germs just as effectively without any harmful side effects.

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While it’s important to keep our loved ones safe from dangers like viruses, it’s equally important to shield them from indoor dangers like cleaning products, which may contain dangerous carcinogens.

Even certain brands that present their cleaning products as “eco-friendly” are simply just green washing—passing off products as non-toxic even though the ingredient label insists otherwise.

That’s why I prefer home-made cleaning products. They’re safe, non-toxic and don’t smell like death.


With that said, below are my all-time favorite natural cleaning recipes for the kitchen that I’ve been using for a couple of years now—and I must say that they work extremely well and make worthy rivals to toxic store bought cleaning formulas.

You can certainly adjust the measurements to meet your workloads, and I hope that you will love these as much as I do.

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DIY ALL PURPOSE CLEANER

This all-natural purpose cleaner will work on any surface of your home (except marble, stone and granite due to the acidity of the formula). Simply mix all of the ingredients in a [glass] spray bottle and use a cleaning cloth of your choice.

  • 1 And 1/4 Cups Of Water
  • 1/2 Cup Of White Vinegar
  • 10 Drops Of Preferred Essential Oil (Optional)

DIY GARBAGE DISPOSAL CLEANER

This home-made cleaning solution is perfect for when the garbage disposal develops a funky smell. Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl until it forms into a fizzy, paste-like consistency, then pour your mixture into the disposal and allow it to rest in there for around 5 minutes.

Turn on the water and allow the garbage disposal to run for at least 30 seconds. You can also throw in a couple of ice cubes or lemon wedges as the water pours down the disposal as well.

  • 1/4 Cup Of Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Cup Of Lemon Juice (Or White Vinegar)

DIY DISINFECTING CLEANER

This home-made disinfecting cleaning solution is a wonderful and effective alternative to commercial disinfectant sprays. It’s perfect to use on doorknobs, kitchen counters, kitchen sinks and refrigerator shelves.

Simply pour all of the ingredients into a [glass] spray bottle and mix. Spray freely and wait ten full minutes before wiping. It’s important to note that this particular vinegar-based cleaning solution is not suitable for granite, stone or marble.

  • 1/4 Cups Of Water
  • 1/4 Cup Rubbing Alcohol (Or Vodka)
  • 1/4 Cup White Vinegar
  • 10 Drops Of Preferred Essential Oil (Optional)

DIY DISHWASHER TABLETS

Home-made dishwasher tablets are a less expensive and much safer alternative to store bought dishwashing pods and liquids. For this DIY recipe, you will need a mixing bowl and a few [silicone] ice cubes trays.

Simply mix together the Baking Soda and Borax in a bowl of your choice, and follow by slowly adding in the vinegar. Mix all of the ingredients together until they form a crumble-like consistency and then stuff the mixture into your ice cube trays.

After you’ve filled your trays, place them outside in the sun to dry/harden (they’ll still be a little crumbly and that’s ok). Allow for 24 hours to pass until you remove them and store them into a tightly sealed [glass] container.

If you see white residue on your plates, simply pour some white vinegar or lemon juice into the rinse aid compartment of your dishwasher for a shiny rinse.

  • 2 Cups Of Baking Soda
  • 2 Cups Of Borax
  • 1/2 Cup Of White Vinegar
  • 25 Drops Of Lemon Essential Oil

DIY OVEN GLASS STOVE TOP CLEANER

This is my favorite way to clean grime and residue from my glass stove top (and it works pretty well for the inside of the oven and outdoor grill as well). Simply mix the ingredients together in a bowl of your choice and create a paste. Spread it onto your glass stove top in a circular motion with a rag and leave on for 15-20 minutes.

Later, wipe off with a warm, damp cloth. A little elbow grease may be necessary, but this recipe gets the job done and leaves your glass stove top really shiny. I don’t recommend cleaning your glass stove top while it’s warm/hot because it can cause damage to the glass.

  • 1 Of Cup Of Warm Water
  • 1 Cup Of Baking Soda
  • 2 Tablespoons Of Organic Liquid Castile Soap (Dawn Will Work Great If You Don’t Have Castile)

DIY MICROWAVE CLEANER

This non-toxic method is an awesome way to clean your microwave as effortlessly as possible. Simply mix the ingredients in a glass bowl and microwave the contents for 4-5 minutes.

Not only will the steam help break apart all that food gunk, it will also deodorize and eliminate stinky lingering odors. When you’re done microwaving the contents, simply wipe everything with a damp cloth. You can wipe dry or unplug the microwave and leave the door open to air dry.

  • 1 Cup Of Water
  • 1/4 Cup Of Lemon Juice (You Can Add Or Subtract This Amount To Achieve Desired Strength Of Scent)

DIY CITRUS HAND SOAP

For this recipe, you can use any reusable soap dispenser—kids especially will love one with a foaming pump. Simply add the ingredients into a water-filled soap dispenser and shake it all up!

Although you can add just about any essential oil into this soap recipe, citrus is recommended for the kitchen because it neutralizes odors—especially if you’ve been working with fish, onion and garlic.

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10 Most Effective Zero-Waste Laundry Detergents

The 10 Best All-Natural Laundry Detergents For A Non-Toxic And Eco-Friendly Laundry Routine.

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One of the most used cleaning products in the home is laundry detergent—and it’s used on products that make constant contact with our skin—clothing.

For years, consumers have purchased laundry detergent based on factors like popularity, price and performance, while completely turning a blind eye to the ingredient label—until now.

With cancer and other health conditions sky rocketing in the past couple of decades, people are starting to become more aware that certain environmental factors—to include household cleaning agents—are to blame for society’s declining health and overall life expectancy.

Mainstream multi-purpose cleaners, air fresheners, scented candles, and many laundry detergents are just a small example of household items that are actually packed full of carcinogens.

But thankfully, alternatives are available for a lot of household products, and in this article, we’re going to focus on laundry detergent alternatives for a non-toxic and environmentally friendly laundry routine.

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Why Should You Switch To A Natural Laundry Detergent?

As mentioned above, mainstream laundry detergents contain ingredients that are actually harmful to our health—but how?

Well, even in the rinse cycle, detergent doesn’t entirely wash out—it lingers in the fibers. And when we sweat, our pores absorb whatever leaches out, resulting in skin conditions like rash and eczema.

That’s why it’s especially important to at least invest in non-toxic laundry detergent when it comes to your children, as well as undergarments, which are tight fitting, and can actually be the cause of your recurring BV (bacterial vaginitis) due to all the synthetic chemicals.

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How To Choose The Right Zero Waste Detergent

Choosing an all-natural, zero-waste laundry detergent can be confusing for anyone—especially because there are so many different kinds like: pods, sheets, powders, liquids and even “berries”. But, there are certain qualities to look for when shopping for eco-friendly and natural laundry detergents and those are:

  • Paraben Free
  • Pthalate Free
  • Phosphate Free
  • Bleach & Dye Free
  • Vegan & Cruelty Free
  • Recyclable & Compostable Packaging
  • Plastic-Free Packaging
  • Hypoallergenic & Dermatologist Tested 

And to help make your decision easier, I’ve made a list of zero waste detergent brands that I have tried personally and found that they work very well on both stains and odor (as I’ve had the privilege to test a few out, while others I’ve purchased based on curiosity).

And for a complete zero-waste laundry routine, I recommend switching from dryer sheets to organic wool dryer balls and a Cora Microfiber Ball, which catches the microfibers that naturally shed from clothes in the wash, and end up in our waterways. 

Altogether, these alternative laundry products greatly reduce your carbon footprint—because laundry is something we do often and contributes greatly to environmental pollution whether we like it or not.

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EarthBreeze Laundry Strips

EarthBreeze

EarthBreeze laundry strips are my zero waste detergent of choice. These pre-measured laundry strips are plant-based and smell absolutely fabulous. I also can’t stress enough how convenient these detergent strips are for travel, and can easily be stashed in a baby wipe box or pencil case. For my full review of EarthBreeze laundry strips, click here.

Price: $20 For 1pack of 60 Loads or $12 with subscription at EarthBreeze

Dropps Laundry Detergent Pods

Dropps

If you’re someone who loves the convenience of laundry pods minus the plastic waste, then you’ll love Dropps laundry detergent pods. This low-waste laundry detergent is wrapped in biodegradable polyvinyl alcohol film and packaged in a recyclable and compostable cardboard box to minimize single-use waste.

Price: $14.99 For (1) 32 Count Box on Amazon

Bestowed Essentials Zero Waste Laundry Powder

Bestowed Essentials

This zero-waste laundry powder from Bestowed Essentials is an easy swap in making your laundry routine plastic-free. Just one tablespoon of this eco-friendly detergent will get your clothing nice and clean, and you’ll feel good knowing that the detergent bag and inner liner are both compostable.

Price: $14.99 For (1) 64 load bag at EarthHero

TrueEarth Laundry Strips

TrueEarth

TrueEarth is another fantastic eco-friendly laundry strip brand with pre-measured laundry strips. I love that they offer several scent options including a formula made just for baby clothing, and that they use recycled material for their packaging. The downside to laundry sheets is that they can sometimes clump when used in front load washers—resulting in slight goo on your fabric. I have a top load washer and the cascading water does a great job at dissolving these.

Price: $16.95 For (1) 32 load pack on Amazon

NaturOli Soap Nuts / Soap Berries

NaturOli

Soap berries (better known as soap nuts) are perhaps the most natural and affordable zero-waste alternative to mainstream laundry detergents. The shells of these Indian soap berries release saponin (a natural cleaning agent) when they come in contact with water. They are also pesticide free, anti-fungal and completely compostable—making these soap ‘nuts’ a true zero waste laundry detergent alternative. The downside is that soap nuts must be used with warm or hot water to activate.

Price: $24.95 For 1lb bag (240 loads) on Amazon

Nature First Soap Berry Laundry Pods

Nature First

If you love soap berries, but prefer the convenience of laundry pods, then the soap berry laundry pods are a fantastic laundry detergent alternative for your household. These eco-friendly laundry pods by Nature First are produced using a proprietary natural water extraction method to pull the super-concentrated cleansing agents (saponin surfactants) to create a soap berry concentrate, and they’re packaged in a compostable bag.

Price: $11.99 For 1 Bag of 30 Pods

Sheets Laundry Club Laundry Sheets

Sheets Laundry Club

The Sheets liquid free laundry sheets are slightly bigger than their laundry strip competitors and do a fantastic job when it comes to stain and odor removal. The scented variety does have a very strong scent, but once used in the wash, clothing comes out with a subtle fragrance that’s not overpowering.

Price: $15.95 For 1 Box of 50 Sheets & Save 10% With Subscription On Amazon

Meliora Eco Laundry Powder

Meliora

The Meliora Natural Powder Laundry Detergent is made with highly concentrated, all natural ingredients like baking soda, pH boosting washing soda, and skin softening coconut oil, which easily removes stains. This non-toxic laundry powder is packed in a recyclable and reusable stainless steel canister, and the brand donates 2% of all sales to environmental non-profit organizations.

Price: $17.99 for 1 Can of 64 standard loads at EarthHero

Grove Collaborative Ultra Concentrated Liquid Laundry Detergent

Grove Co.

If you prefer to stick with a liquid detergent, then Grove Collaborative is one of the best go-to brands for an all-natural liquid detergent—and their’s is ultra concentrated. What I love about Grove Collaborative is that is that they will send you a prepaid envelope so that you can mail them your empty detergent pouch and they will recycle it through Terra Cycle. The only downside to this non-toxic liquid detergent is that you have to buy a separate bottle to store and measure the contents.

Price: 9.95 For 1 (24oz) pouch (33 loads) of laundry & 17.95 For Dispenser

Lazy Coconuts Eco Friendly Detergent Strips

Lazy Coconuts

The Lazy Coconuts eco-friendly laundry strips are yet another one of my favorite zero-waste laundry strips that are made with plant-based ingredients and come in recyclable packaging. I also love that they have a “gentle” formula for baby’s sensitive skin.

Price: $14.95 for (1) pack of 48 loads or save 5% with subscription

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What Are Zero-Waste Laundry Strips?

All About The Eco-Friendly Laundry Trend, How They Measure Up To Conventional Liquid Detergent, And Which Brand Is Most Affordable.

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Walk down the laundry aisle of any super market and you’ll find a large variety of conventional liquid laundry detergent in single-use plastic jugs, plastic bag filled laundry pods and boxed soap suds—but not a single “pack” of zero-waste laundry strips, which explains why many people haven’t heard of the “eco-friendly” alternative. Including myself.

So when a few companies reached out to me and offered me samples of these detergent alternatives, I jumped at the opportunity to explore them. I was genuinely intrigued by such a concept.

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Fast forward a few months later and I’m writing this article with what I like to call “veteran” knowledge about the zero-waste laundry product because I’ve used it for a good while. With that said, I have had a chance to study laundry strips, use them with different fabrics, deploy them to fight various stains, and compared various brands amongst one another.

Like all products, laundry strips have pros and cons. They have benefits and they have flaws. Hence, I’d like to give my honest knowledge and opinion about both and hopefully that will help you decide if these eco-friendly laundry alternatives are a good fit for you, your lifestyle, and more importantly, your budget.

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What Are Laundry Strips?

Laundry strips are pre-measured, thin concentrated strips of laundry detergent that dissolve in water, and are flexible with a soft, smooth and almost spongy texture.

These [eco-friendly] laundry strips are offered in both scented and fragrance-free options, and they’re made with plant-based ingredients that are not only hypoallergenic, but also non-toxic and pet-friendly.

What Are The Benefits Of Using Laundry Strips?

Perhaps the greatest benefit of using laundry strips is that you’re able to lower your carbon footprint by purchasing a plastic-free laundry detergent. Because while it’s true that your typical liquid detergent bottle is recyclable, many people fail to remember that plastic production results in some pretty serious air pollution.

Another benefit of using laundry strips is improved health. Eco-friendly laundry strips are plant-based, non-toxic, and hypoallergenic, while mainstream detergents contain phthalates, parabens, carcinogens and other toxins that our skin absorbs. On the plus side, these toxins fabulously remove stains and create a fresh scent, but on the downside, they’re a ticking time bomb that potentially cause tumors and other health issues in the long run.

Laundry strips are made with only vegan ingredients and never tested on animals. whereas many big brand detergents will state that their products are cruelty-free “except when required by law to test on animals”—which means that many of their products have probably been tested on animals.

Laundry strips save you a ton of space because they’re thin, flat and packaged in what resembles a cardboard envelope. This makes them especially dorm-room and apartment friendly—especially if your living space doesn’t contain a washer and dryer and you’re constantly having to haul your laundry to a laundromat. Detergent jugs are heavy to carry around—strips are basically weightless.

Unlike liquid and powder detergent, laundry strips don’t require any measuring—which is especially great if you’re a bachelor who tends to overdo it with the measurements. In fact, they come with pre-measured strips that you simply toss into your washing machine; and if you happen to accidentally drop in an extra strip, it’s perfectly fine! Laundry strips don’t “bubble” like conventional detergents, and the plant-based ingredients won’t harm your sensitive skin.

Laundry strips are incredibly convenient for road trips, travel and vacations. If you’ve ever had to stay at a motel/hotel, you know how annoying it is to have to buy detergent from a dispenser, and you certainly don’t want to purchase a huge jug that you can’t take back on the plane with you. I’ve taken my laundry strips with me in a flat baby wipe dispenser and didn’t have to worry about buying a hefty jug.

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What Are The Cons Of Laundry Strips

One of the cons of switching to eco-friendly laundry strips is having to plan ahead and order at the right time before you run out. As consumers, we’re used to grabbing a jug off of store shelves and hauling it home with us—whereas laundry strips, which are not offered in your neighborhood supermarket must be ordered online.

Heavily stained clothing is harder to clean. However, if you’re a household that doesn’t deal with very many heavy stains on a regular basis, then that shouldn’t really be such a huge concern. I personally find that laundry strips do a great job at tackling stains on my kids’ clothing and that even Tide can’t perfectly get rid of heavy stains. It is what it is.

The last issue is price. Eco-friendly laundry strips cost more than your mainstream laundry detergent, and that’s most likely because they have to source alternative ingredients which contribute to the overall non-toxic formula. These brands may also have to jump through extra hoops to get certifications proving that they’re nontoxic and environmentally friendly.

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What Is Currently The Most Affordable Laundry Strip Brand?

EarthBreeze Laundry Strips

The fact is, a majority of eco-friendly laundry strip brands are not cheap—in fact, some can be down right expensive, which is a deal breaker for the average stay at home mom on a tight budget.

However, there are so many benefits to eco-friendly laundry strips that it’s worth buying at least one package of. If not for use on a regular basis, then at least for travel purposes—and especially if you’re living a single or dorm room lifestyle and don’t need to do as much laundry as a family of 4. And there are certain eco-friendly laundry strip brands that don’t require your entire paycheck.

The average price for a pack of laundry strips costs around $20—but, some brands (like Earth Breeze) have a subscription plan that significantly knocks the price down to an affordable amount that’s equivalent to big name brands like Gain or Tide.

Plus, it’s important to point out that the Earth Breeze laundry strip packs contain 60 loads of laundry, whereas other laundry strip brands contain 32 and for double the cost. Hence, their subscription cost at $12 a month is absolutely excellent when it comes to affordability for this type of product.

Even if you do a one time purchase at $20, you’re still getting more product with 60 loads than another brand that’s the same price and offers only a 32 load pack.

Earth Breeze is a member of 1% for the planet, and for every pack of eco-strips sold, they donate 10 loads of laundry to someone in need.

Earth Breeze Laundry Strips

So whether you’re just trying to be a more mindful consumer, or you’re looking for a healthier laundry detergent alternative, I whole heartedly recommend eco-friendly laundry strips like Earth Breeze for your laundry routine. And as for the dryer, you should definitely consider looking into wool dryer balls.

Best Plant-Based Multi-Purpose Cleaners For Your Home

Powerful Non-Toxic Cleaning Sprays Made With Plant-Based Ingredients And Infused With Essential Oils For A Healthy Clean Home

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Everyone wants to have a nice clean home—minus the chemicals that come with most “big brand” all-purpose cleaners.

That’s why many people are making a conscious switch to all-natural and non-toxic cleaning solutions that are healthy for everyone in the family—including pets.

Traditional cleaning sprays work extremely well. It’s why certain brands are very successful—they get the job done. On the other hand, the chemicals and lingering odors they leave behind aren’t so healthy…for anyone.

Perhaps that’s why an increasing number of people are replacing their traditional household cleaners with plant-based cleaning sprays that work just as hard as mainstream solutions—only they smell way better and are much healthier.

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Plant-based all-purpose cleaners are pretty amazing. They’re void of phthalates, parabens and other unhealthy synthetic chemicals; and they’re biodegradable and cruelty free.

When you use plant-based cleaning solutions, you never have to worry about touching or inhaling dangerous toxins. And that’s important if you have children and or pets in your household.

Below are 5 amazing plant-powered all-purpose cleaning sprays that are not only healthy, but are ethically made and packaged in eco-friendly recyclable bottles.

Hi They’re also perfect for any area of your home: kitchen, bathroom and any other room that needs a good thorough cleaning!

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Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Multi-Purpose Cleaning Spray

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaners feature hard-working yet gentle multi purpose cleaning agents, while also providing a special, singular scent for your entire home. I started using this particular formula this year and grab a bottle every time I am at the store so that I never run out! This all-purpose non-toxic cleaning spray is great on all non-porous surfaces such as finished wood and tile floors, countertops, walls, porcelain, bathroom fixtures, sealed natural and synthetic stone, and even the car dashboard. 

Method All Purpose Cleaner

I absolutely love the Method All-Purpose cleaner and have been using the pink grapefruit formula for 2 years now. It does a fabulous job on my glass stove top, and it’s my go-to for wiping down the bathroom sink. If you’ve ever tried the pink grapefruit body spray from GAP, it’s almost identical—the scent is pleasantly strong, but not overpowering.

Puracy Multi-Purpose Cleaner

The Puracy Natural All-Purpose cleaner is a non-toxic, effective, and versatile cleaning formula made from plants, water, and a dab of organic lemongrass which results in streak free shine. The food-grade, plant and mineral-based ingredients within this non-toxic cleaner are gentle enough to wipe down a high chair, kitchen table, counters and glass windows!

Better Life All-Purpose Cleaner

If you are sensitive to certain smells, and prefer an unscented cleaning formula, the Better Life all-purpose cleaning spray is a great option for you to try. This non-toxic plant-derived cleaning formula is free of any perfumes, dyes and alcohol; and does a fantastic job at cutting through grease and other filth.

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ECOS Orange All-Purpose Cleaner

The plant-powered ECOS all purpose cleaner does an excellent job at removing grease and grime thanks to it’s tough botanical citrus formula. ECOS has been perfecting their formula for over 50 years, hence they are a trusted brand when it comes to non-toxic cleaning.

Seventh Generation All-Purpose Cleaner

Seventh Generation is a certified B corporation and I’ve used many of their cleaning products, to include laundry detergent. This formula is completely plant powered and infused with essential oils that many people absolutely adore. It’s tough on dirt yet gentle enough to wipe down a highchair!

9 Elements All-Purpose Cleaner

The 9 Elements All Purpose Cleaner contains only 9 ingredients, one of which is vinegar, that easily clean grease, dirt, grime and hard water stains that like to make themselves visible on your sink and other kitchen appliances.

Aunt Fannie’s Cleaning Vinegar

Aunt Fannie’s all-purpose cleaner is infused with essential oils and powered by vinegar. This non-toxic cleaning formula does a fantastic job at wiping away grease and dirt from all areas of the house. It’s also Leaping Bunny Certified for being cruelty free!

The Best Wool Dryer Balls Of 2021: Friendsheep Eco Dryer Balls

All about the trending fabric softener alternative and why you should make the zero-waste swap to this particular brand!


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Years ago, before eco-friendly and zero-waste products were even a “thing”, I was a dryer ball enthusiast before they even existed. Sounds confusing, I know. You see, years ago, I used a plain ol’ tennis ball. I remember reading somewhere that adding a tennis ball into your dryer makes your blankets and comforters fluffy and evens out the stuffing so that you don’t see a whole bunch of lumps in one specific area . So I tired it, and it proved true.

So needless to say, I have been a dryer ball enthusiast for two decades now. And I still use tennis balls for my “hefty” loads like bedding.

As far as my regular loads of laundry, I have jumped onto the wool dryer ball train about three years ago—and I haven’t stopped using them. In fact, I can’t see myself NOT using them. They are absolutely fabulous!

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What’s So Great About Wool Dryer Balls?

Wool dryer balls can cut down drying time by up to 25%, based on load size—saving you money on your electric bill. How do they do this? Wool Dryer balls separate clothing while they tumble dry, allowing air to circulate more efficiently. They also absorb some of the moisture in addition to lint, pet hair and other gunk.

Wool dryer balls also do a great job at reducing static and softening your clothing—all without the need for chemicals, making them hypoallergenic (which makes them great for use on baby clothes and those in your household with sensitive skin).

Wool dryer balls are also very durable and can be reused 1,000 times (about 10 years if you do laundry twice a week). Even if you are part of a larger household and do laundry every single day, the lifespan of the dryer ball is still quite impressive.

Lastly, wool dryer balls are compostable! Whether you toss them into the landfill, or into your compost bin, wool dryer balls will biodegrade!

Are Wool Dryer Balls Ethically Made?

Yes! Wool is a highly sustainable resource. Real, organic wool dryer balls, are made from merino wool, which comes from New Zealand, where they have high regards for animal welfare. The wool is then transported to countries like Nepal, where it is boiled and spun into the awesome dryer balls we use today. These facilities where the wool dryer balls are manufactured, are also held to strict ethical standards, so you know that it is responsibly made!

Why is this brand of Wool Dryer Balls Considered The Best?

Aside from having used these myself, I base this on the fact that the Friendsheep Eco Dryer Balls are ethically sourced, contain cruelty-free certifications, are durable and the fact that the company makes really great environmental contributions with each purchase.

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Wool Dryer Balls Are The Best Zero-Waste Laundry Swap You’ll Ever Make!

FRIENDSHEEP ECO DRYER BALLS

Friendsheep Eco Dryer Balls


I adore the Friendsheep Eco Dryer Balls for so many great reasons. The first reason is the aesthetics—they contain the most adorable designs that put fun back into doing laundry. My kids literally love helping me with the task of taking clothing out of the dryer because they enjoy helping to find the little wooly animals (we have the ones with the sheep faces). They even come with their own storage bag, which, by the way, looks so awesome, that it would make a really good baby shower gift or house warming gift for someone.

Image Courtesy of Friendsheep

The second reason that I adore Friendsheep Eco Dryer Balls is that they are made from organic, cruelty-free certified New Zealand wool in Kathmandu, Nepal. They are hand-made by “creative women and people with disabilities who come from underprivileged communities”. These artisans work in ethical conditions and are guaranteed fair wages, medical care and education.

Lastly, for every item purchased, Friendsheep will plant a tree. They also give back about 20% of their proceeds to environmental nonprofit organizations such as Hope for Paws, Funds for Animals, Global Wildlife Conservationists, The Humane Society, The Nature Conservancy, Eden Reforestation Projects, Carbonfund.org, Greenpeace, Sea Shepherd, Ocean Conservancy, and many others. And that’s why I (and so many other people) love this brand.

Here is a video, courtesy of Friendsheep on how their wool dryer balls are ethically made in Nepal. It’s quite fascinating to watch.

Credit: Friendsheep—Youtube

Now, you can certainly purchase Friendsheep Eco Dryer balls on Amazon, but I recommend getting them from EarthHero.com, which is an eco-friendly version of Amazon. Not only will they ship your items in eco-friendly packaging, they’ll also give you a 10% discount using special coupon code: ECOMOMDIARIES at checkout. So why pay full price at Amazon when you can get 10% off at EarthHero.

Have you tried wool dryer balls with your laundry routine? What was your experience? Let us know in the comments.