How To: Keep Your Laundry Healthy

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We mentioned some habits to start in the new year that would help keep the bedroom a serene, restful place. A big part of that is creating routines for keeping it clean. But how clean is your laundry? Detergent, fabric softener and dryer sheets can all be chock full of weird chemicals and toxins that are bad for sensitive skin and not great for the environment. And what’s the use in buying organic bedding if you’re washing them in chemicals? Here are some healthier alternatives to traditional detergents, softeners and dryer sheets:

Non Toxic Detergents:
We love Method for how gentle it is, how great it smells, and that we can buy it at Target with everything else we need for a reasonable price.
Mrs. Meyers has lots of great scents and they’re all eco friendly.
Seventh Generation
The As Seen on Oprah Non Toxic Detergent
The Laundress Signature Detergent (for delicates)
Go Soapless with Ecoballs.
Charlie’s Soaps
Dr. Bronners, an old classic good for cleaning anything.
Or just make your own

Non Toxic Fabric Softeners:
Add 1/2 cup baking soda to the rinse cycle of your wash or add vinegar to the start of your wash.
In place of dryer sheets, try tennis balls or fluff balls in the dryer to keep sheets fluffy.
Or try Ecover’s nontoxic Sunny Day Softener

Non Toxic Dryer Sheets:
Try a handmade, eco friendly, reusable Lavendar Dryer Bag from etsy sellers.

And for a real indulgence, try making some of your own linen spray using whatever essential oils you’re really into (lavender and chamomile are the best for relaxing).

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