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Last week, I discussed different, non-toxic laundry detergents. This week, I’m going to share some fabric softener alternatives. You don’t have to have stiff clothes just because you are trying to detoxify your laundry routine. You can have soft, fluffy laundry WITHOUT the chemicals. As an added bonus, it doesn’t cost a lot of money!
I just have to climb onto my soapbox for a second for an announcement: Are you still using dryer sheets to soften your clothes? Ditch them right away. Seriously, those things are full of toxins. Plus, they are expensive! If you use them, try to purchase a more natural brand. Alright, my dryer sheet soapbox is over….onto the actual post 🙂
Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Lavender Fabric Softener
I got this in my order from The Grove Collaborative and while it smells really good, it aggravated my daughter’s and my skin. I did want to say that when I used this, my clothes came out very soft. So, it might work for you. It’s definitely a better alternative than other brands. This option won’t save you much money but it does have less chemicals in it than other brands.
If you want something completely natural to soften your clothes without spending a fortune, try vinegar. I’ve used vinegar as fabric softener for years. It’s cheap, natural and it works. No, your laundry will not come out smelling like a pickle! I simply pour some directly onto my laundry when I throw a load into my washing machine. For the longest time, I didn’t use anything but vinegar. However, my clothes were often full of static, which leads me to the third option.
Wool Dryer Balls
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my wool dryer balls. Some of mine, I’ve had for a few years and they are still going strong! I use 5 or 6 balls for large loads and 3-4 balls for small loads. Not only do wool dryer balls cut down on the static, they also soften clothes and they cut down on the drying time!
Personally, I like to use a combination of vinegar and wool dryer balls as a fabric softener alternative. They work and it is very cheap.
Do you use fabric softener? What non-toxic options would you add to this list?
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