Frugal Laundry Tips to Help You Save Money & Go Green!

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You’re going to love this collection of frugal laundry tips to help you save money and go green! Because let’s face it. Laundry products can be expensive. This is especially true when you’re skin can’t handle the cheaper, synthetic and highly fragranced detergents and fabric softeners. So how can you save money and go green with naturally derived laundry products?

Frugal Laundry Tips to Help You Save Money & Go Green! Plus learn how to make your own 3-ingredient natural linen spray. Cheap synthetic and highly fragranced detergents & fabric softeners can irritate sensitive skin. But you can make the switch to naturally derived laundry products all while saving money and going green! Discover my favorite frugal laundry tips. Plus how to get my favorite green laundry solution absolutely free!

Keep reading to learn how to get my favorite green laundry solution for yourself absolutely free! Plus discover 12+ of my favorite frugal laundry tips including how to make your own 3-ingredient, all natural linen spray.

Why I decided to go green.

I had super sensitive skin growing up. As a result my mother would rinse our family’s laundry twice. She wanted to be sure we wouldn’t have a reaction to the combination of laundry detergent, bleach and fabric softener she used.

As a Gen-Xer, unscented laundry products were mostly unheard of when I was growing up. We used the staple laundry products – Tide laundry detergent, Clorox bleach and Downy fabric softener. Even with a second rinse, I still remember having very itchy skin.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m still in LOVE with the smell of original Downy fabric softener to this day. Unfortunately my skin hates it. As for dryer sheets? Well, they’d make my brother and I break out in hives. Looking back on how we used to wash and dry laundry, I’m a little bit terrified by the ingredients and synthetic fragrances that were used.

I’ve since switched to more naturally derived laundry products like Method’s Free + Clear Laundry Detergent Packs. These laundry packs are not only hypoallergenic, they also contain tough stain fighters to tackle life’s unexpected spills and splatters, all while keeping colors and whites bright. And I love that they’re both biodegradable and effective even in cold water.

However, as I’m currently on a budget, I’m trying to cut as many unnecessary products from my life as possible. That includes paper towels and, of course, fabric softener. Both of these products are easily replaced with reusable, eco-friendly options.

Discover my collection of frugal laundry tips and green cleaning solutions below.

Frugal Laundry Tips to Help You Save Money & Go Green! Plus learn how to make your own 3-ingredient natural linen spray. Cheap synthetic and highly fragranced detergents & fabric softeners can irritate sensitive skin. But you can make the switch to naturally derived laundry products all while saving money and going green! Discover my favorite frugal laundry tips. Plus how to get my favorite green laundry solution absolutely free!

Green Friendly, Frugal Laundry Tips

This leads to the revelation of my favorite frugal laundry product. What is it? Wool dryer balls.

I first learned of wool dryer balls many years ago, but was always hesitant to give them a try. When I finally decided to bite the bullet and give them a try, I was sold.

Wool dryer balls can seem expensive at first. Especially if you’re using the store brand box of $1.99 dryer sheets. However if you use fabric softener or dryer sheets on a regular basis, wool dryer balls quickly pay for themselves in just a few shopping trips.

So what are some of the other perks of tossing your fabric softener and dryer sheets for good? Wool dryer balls not only help your clothing dry faster, therefore using less energy, but they effectively tackle static. They can also easily be scented, if desired, with your favorite natural essential oils and won’t irritate sensitive skin. Good for about 1000 uses, wool dryer balls also cut down on waste.

Frugal Laundry Tips to Help You Save Money & Go Green! Plus learn how to make your own 3-ingredient natural linen spray. Cheap synthetic and highly fragranced detergents & fabric softeners can irritate sensitive skin. But you can make the switch to naturally derived laundry products all while saving money and going green! Discover my favorite frugal laundry tips. Plus how to get my favorite green laundry solution absolutely free!

Lately I’ve been using the new Grove Wool Dryer Balls. They run around $16 for a set of three. However, you can grab a free set of wool dryer balls from Grove for a limited time, while supplies last. Not only will you receive a free set of Grove wood dryer balls, you’ll also get a free package of (my favorite!) Method free + clear laundry packs along with free shipping and 60 day VIP trial with your first order of $20 from Grove Collaborative.

(If you’re already a Grove customer, you’ll receive free Grove walnut scrubber sponges with your next order. They’re perfect for wiping down your laundry room sink, and the soft side is great at erasing grass stains from sneakers before you toss them in the wash!)

Frugal Laundry Tips to Help You Save Money & Go Green! Plus learn how to make your own 3-ingredient natural linen spray. Cheap synthetic and highly fragranced detergents & fabric softeners can irritate sensitive skin. But you can make the switch to naturally derived laundry products all while saving money and going green! Discover my favorite frugal laundry tips. Plus how to get my favorite green laundry solution absolutely free!

More eco-friendly, frugal laundry tips that are perfect for summer.

Following are a few more great frugal laundry tips to help you go green and save money this summer. There’s even a quick and easy 3-ingredient recipe for making your own natural linen spray!

  • The lazy days of summer are here, so I appreciate anything that makes my life easier. Laundry packs are truly effortless — no drips, no spills, no measuring. Toss a few in your suitcase for doing laundry on summer road trips instead of lugging around a bottle of detergent.
  • Soaking clothes overnight can help loosen grass stains and popsicle drips. Simply fill your washing machine with water, add your detergent and clothes, and let everything soak overnight while you sleep. In the morning, hit “start” and say goodbye to stains. (I also love Seventh Generation’s Natural Stain Remover Spray. It not only works miracles on my laundry, it’s also a great choice when deciding what to buy for your first Grove order.)
  • White-on-white looks great with a tan — not so good with deodorant and sunblock stains. Chlorine-free bleach is a great way to keep whites fresh without the “bleachy” smell.
  • Take advantage of breezy days and line dry your laundry. Instead of rushing, savor the small moments: the feel of sunshine on your face, the sight of laundry flapping in the breeze, and the smell of sun-dried clothing.
  • For those items that still need to go in the dryer, using wool dryer balls can cut down on waste (no more dryer sheets!), make your laundry softer, and speed up drying time. Your clothes and your energy bill will thank you!
  • Customize a laundry scent that will make you smile every time you get a whiff of your clothing. Just pick your favorite essential oil and apply a few dabs to your wool dryer balls for a fresh load of laundry.

Frugal Laundry Tips to Help You Save Money & Go Green! Plus learn how to make your own 3-ingredient natural linen spray. Cheap synthetic and highly fragranced detergents & fabric softeners can irritate sensitive skin. But you can make the switch to naturally derived laundry products all while saving money and going green! Discover my favorite frugal laundry tips. Plus how to get my favorite green laundry solution absolutely free!

  • Mix up your own natural linen spray by combining 1 oz. witch hazel with 10 drops of your favorite Grove essential oil and 3 oz. of water in a spray bottle. Spritz onto freshly laundered sheets, towels, and clothing.
  • If you don’t have an HE washing machine, skip the small laundry loads. Instead wait until you have a large load before doing laundry. This will not only save money and water, but it also means less wear and tear on your washing machine.
  • Washing your clothing in cold water saves energy and cuts down on your electric bill. You can get most of your family’s laundry clean without using any hot water. And because Method’s laundry packs work in cold water, you never have to worry about your laundry detergent getting the job done.
  • Be sure to clean out your lint trap after drying every load of clothes. A clogged lint trap or vent lowers the efficiency of your dryer and can also create a fire hazard.
  • Clean out your washer in regular intervals. All washers, not just newer HE washer, can develop odor over time that can transfer to your clothes. Rather than using chlorine bleach to clean your washer, try vinegar instead. Or give Real Simple Clean’s green friendly washing machine cleaner & deodorizer a try!
  • Do less laundry. Jeans are designed to be worn multiple times before being washed. So you can hold off on washing jeans until after they’ve been worn a few times. However, if your jeans start to smell sooner than you’d like, simply freeze them before wearing them the next time to tackle odors caused by bacteria from skin. (Seriously.)
  • Make your own homemade laundry detergent for a frugal, eco-friendly approach to cleaning. Discover a simple laundry detergent recipe here. Or make your own natural laundry & stain remover soap with this soapmaking tutorial.
  • Never run out of detergent again! Grove Collaborative delivers all your favorite natural household and personal care products to your doorstep, on your schedule. Once you’ve submitted your first order, you’ll be signed up for the free 60 day VIP trial. For 60 days, you’ll get free shipping, free gifts, price matching, exclusive sales and personal service. Sign up here now.

For more eco-friendly cleaning solutions, be sure to check out my Eco-Friendly Homemaking Ideas on Pinterest as well as my Lifestyle + Living board.

Frugal Laundry Tips to Help You Save Money & Go Green! Plus learn how to make your own 3-ingredient natural linen spray. Cheap synthetic and highly fragranced detergents & fabric softeners can irritate sensitive skin. But you can make the switch to naturally derived laundry products all while saving money and going green! Discover my favorite frugal laundry tips. Plus how to get my favorite green laundry solution absolutely free!

Do you have any green-friendly, frugal laundry tips that have helped you save money? I’d love to hear your own tried and true ideas. Simply share your eco-friendly laundry tips and tricks in the comments!

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Natural Laundry and Stain Remover Soap Bar Recipe

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DIY Handmade Home - Natural Wash and Stain Soap Recipe

Learn how to make your own laundry and stain remover soap bar recipe!

Since I’ve been a member of Birchbox I’ve had the opportunity to try – as well as discover – a lot of new bath, body and beauty products I’d never even heard of before. One such product I recently found was The Laundress® Wash and Stain Bar. This soap bar is made from a combination of vegetable soap, borax and essential oils and touts that it is not only able to eliminate pesky stains in hard-to-reach places but is also perfect for hand washing or laundering on the go. Six bucks gets a small 2 oz. bar of this soap in most stores, however, if you’re practical and crafty you can make your own wash and stain soap bar for a lot less and customize the fragrance to suit your own needs.

You can make this homemade laundry soap and stain remover soap bar recipe in one of two ways – via a cold process soap recipe or by the handmilling (also known as rebatching) soapmaking method. I lightly scented mine with lime peel essential oil which is known to help cut grease, however, scenting options are endless. Here’s how to make your own:

DIY Natural Wash & Stain Remover Soap Bar Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

10.8 oz. refined (76° melt point) coconut oil
18 oz. palm oil
7.2 oz. soybean oil

5.2 oz. lye (sodium hydroxide)
11 fluid oz. distilled water

At trace:

.75 oz. borax (sodium borate) – This is NOT the same as boric acid!
.4 oz. lime peel essential oil (or try lemon or orange peel essentials oils which help cut grease!)

Instructions:

This laundry and stain remover soap bar recipe will yield approximately ten 4.5 oz. soap bars (or 12 4 oz. bars) and uses one of my wooden soapmaking molds. You can find 20 Mule Team Borax in most grocery and super stores in the laundry aisle.

To craft this natural stain remove soap bar recipe you will need to follow your basic cold process soapmaking instructions using a digital kitchen scale to weigh your ingredients and mixing with a stick (immersion) blender once you combine the cooled lye-water and oils. When your soap reaches a light trace stir in the .75 oz. (by weight) of borax and .4 oz. of lime essential oil. Mix thoroughly then pour into your lined soap mold, cover and insulate for 24 hours. Finally, unmold your soap loaf and cut into bars and allow to cure for a minimum of three weeks. This recipe makes a super hard bars of homemade of laundry and stain soap so they should last you a long time.

If you prefer to leave your bar unscented, then skip the essential oils. Or add your own favorite essential oil blend or skin safe fragrance oil to the recipe. This recipe makes a light lime scented soap. For more fragrance you can use up to 1 oz. of essential oils in this batch or up to 2 oz. of your favorite fragrance oil.

To craft a handmilled version of this natural laundry and stain remove soap bar recipe:

Finely grate 12 4 oz. (by weight) bars of natural cold process vegetable soap and place into a sauce pan on the stove. Weigh out .75 oz. of borax and dissolve in 18 fluid of distilled water. Then add this water to the soap and heat on medium-low until soap melts. (Photos of the process.) Now weigh out and stir in .2 oz. of your essential oil of choice, stirring to thoroughly combine. Finally, pour into a loaf soap mold and set aside. Once the soap has hardened you can remove the loaf of soap from the mold and slice into bars. Allow excess water to evaporate before using.

To use simply dampen the bar of soap and/or fabric and rub onto soiled or stained spot before washing. For deep set in stains allow to set several hours to overnight.

For more homemade soap recipes and other helpful DIY projects like this one be sure to follow my Pinterest boards. You can also find a collection of all of my homemade soap recipes and bath and beauty DIY’s at Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen.

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DIY Homemade Laundry Detergent for an Eco-Friendly Clean

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Learn how to make your own DIY homemade laundry detergent for an eco-friendly approach to cleaning! 

Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe! Learn how to make your own DIY homemade laundry detergent for an eco-friendly approach to cleaning! Not only does making my own detergent save money over buying commercial detergent brands, but it's also rewarding to know you've made your own natural products.

One of the most time consuming things about making handmade soaps is the wait. The wait for your oils and lye water to cool down enough so you can mix your soap, the 24hr. waiting period before you are able to unmold your soaps, and the wait for your soaps to cure.

As I was making more of my unscented goat milk soap and a new White Chocolate Raspberry goat milk scented soap yesterday, I decided to utilize my time and finally get around to making some much need homemade laundry detergent. There isn’t really waiting time with this project, however, grating the soap for the detergent is time consuming, so it made for a great way to pass the time!

I decided to make an all natural DIY homemade laundry detergent using a bar of my own handmade lemon mint soap. As it’s scented with only lemongrass and peppermint essential oils it was a great choice as a base for my detergent!

Not only does making my own detergent save money over buying commercial detergent brands, but I like that’s it’s also eco-friendly! You can also use an unscented soap and add a few drops of fragrance or essential oils to your recipe before mixing.

Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe! Learn how to make your own DIY homemade laundry detergent for an eco-friendly approach to cleaning! Not only does making my own detergent save money over buying commercial detergent brands, but it's also rewarding to know you've made your own natural products.

DIY Homemade Laundry Detergent

1. To make my own handmade laundry detergent, first I finely grated one 4oz. bar of my handmade soap. This is the most time consuming part of making DIY homemade laundry detergent and your hands definitely feel the work by the time you’re done. However, the end result is worth the half hour or so it takes to do.

2. After grating the soap, I added one measured cup of Arm & Hammer brand All Natural Super Washing Soda and one measured cup of 20 Mule Team brand Borax All Natural Laundry Booster to the grated soap into a glass container. (Both of these products can easily be found in most major grocery stores in the laundry detergent aisle.)

3. I then mixed all of the ingredients with a spoon, then poured into a blender and and mixed on the highest setting until the detergent reached a powder consistency. I did remove the blender several times to shake the ingredients before blending again to insure everything got mixed and blended completely.

4. Once my homemade laundry detergent reached a powdered state, I poured it into a 5″x7″ resealable bag. You can also use a mason jar with a lid to store your laundry powder. Once packaged, you can label your bag or jar for future storage or use. Or give your freshly made, homemade laundry detergent as a gift by affixing a label to the bag or jar and tying off with some ribbon and a tablespoon sized scoop. My batch made approximately 1lb. 3.5oz. of homemade laundry detergent.

5. To use your DIY homemade laundry detergent, simply scoop one Tablespoon of detergent into the washer for small loads or two Tablespoons of detergent for large loads.

Looking for other uses for grated handmade soap?

Make your own homemade liquid soap! Simply grate two 4oz. sized handmade soap bars of your choice and add to a pot filled with a gallon of distilled water. Place the pot on the stove and add two Tablespoons of liquid vegetable glycerin to the finely grated soap shavings and the distilled water.

Heat over medium/high heat and stir until your soap dissolves. Once your soap mixture dissolves, remove it from the heat and let stand for 10-12 hours. After your soap has completely cooled, beat with a hand mixer to mix thoroughly.

If your soap is too thick, you can mix in a small amount of distilled water at this point until your soap is the consistency you desire. If it’s too thin – as this can happen depending on the recipe of the soap you choose to use – simply reheat the mixture and add in more grated soap.

Once your soap is complete, use a funnel to pour the soap into containers of your choice.

Looking for more affordable, convenient and natural ways to clean your home? Then you must check out Grove Collaborative! I recently became a member and have been super impressed with their service, natural products selections, prices and shipping times. Plus their products help to make it easier for families to make the switch to healthy, non-toxic home and personal care products

Naturally Clean Your Home

If you’re looking for other affordable, convenient and natural ways to clean your home, then you must check out Grove Collaborative! As a member of Grove Collaborative I have been super impressed with their service, natural products, prices and shipping times. Plus their eco-friendly products help to make it easier for families to make the switch to healthy, non-toxic home and personal care products.

Sign up for Grove Collaborative now and receive a free Mrs. Meyer’s Trio + Grove Walnut Scrubber Sponges! You’ll be thrilled discover some of the cleanest and greenest cleaning sets dedicated to making your home healthy and beautiful! I promise you will absolutely LOVE them! Learn more here.

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Household Ideas for Pinching Pennies and Stretching Your Dime

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Need household ideas that will save you money? You’re not alone. Following are some great DIY ideas that allow you to enjoy some of your favorite luxuries for less than retail by simply making your own!

While I’ve posted previously on how to save money on laundry and dishes by making your own laundry and dishwasher detergent and even household cleaners, here are a few other great household ideas for pinching pennies!

Tidy Mom has an excellent recipe for making an all natural, homemade drain cleaner using just baking soda and vinegar. Not only is it a LOT cheaper than buyer chemical drain cleaners, but it's non-toxic and won't harm the environment. Plus, it really does work.

Household Ideas for Saving Money

Tidy Mom has an excellent recipe for making an all natural, homemade drain cleaner using just baking soda and vinegar. Not only is it a LOT cheaper than buyer chemical drain cleaners, but it’s non-toxic and won’t harm the environment. Plus, it really does work.

My parents use this method to clear their drains whenever the water starts to drain slowly. I’m not sure how well if at all if it works on standing water – anyone tried this before? – but if you use this solution on a regular basis you should have no worries.

Febreeze seems to be a household staple for most everyone since gaining popularity for its ability to neutralize tough odors after being introduced some years back. In fact, this past March this air freshener created by Procter & Gamble hit the $1Billion sales mark. The price for this product isn’t cheap though. At a retail price of $5.59 each, it’s not budget savvy for those on fixed budgets facing rising food and energy costs.

But if you have pets or even kids into sports, it’s not necessarily something you want to live without. So I was super psyched to find a knock off recipe for Febreeze at Fake It Frugal. A 32oz. bottle of the knock off costs just 15 cents. I haven’t tried this yet, but would love to hear feedback if you decide to give it a shot.

If you enjoy scenting your home, but want a cheaper alternative, then turn to Holy Crickey for her diy idea for refilling your Wallflowers Scented Plugin with natural essential oils. Buying your essential oils in bulk will save money in the long run and you always know just what is going into your air because you choose the ingredients.

If you enjoy scenting your home, but want a cheaper alternative, then turn to Holy Crickey for her diy idea for refilling your Wallflowers Scented Plugin with natural essential oils. Buying your essential oils in bulk will save money in the long run and you always know just what is going into your air because you choose the ingredients.

Be sure to check out Holy Crickey for a photo tutorial of the process. You can also check out this recipe for DIY gel air fresheners from Soap Deli News.

If you by chance have a bottle of cheap vodka left at your house from your last shindig that you don’t plan to drink – I mean, I wouldn’t use Grey Goose or Ciroc for this – you can finish it off with twelve great household uses for vodka found at Apartment Therapy.

Vodka is great for things like keeping aphids off household plants, cleaning, removing stains on fabric, and even getting rid of the smell of cigarette smoke.

Don’t throw out your leftover soap slivers. Instead, use the leftover soap bits from your shower to create a DIY pre-laundry stain treatment. The recipe for this laundry stain remover is available on Tip Nut.

The next few ideas probably aren’t going to save you money, but they will make your life easier. So you may want to also check out the following household tips as well.

1. When painting a room, keep some of the paint aside in an old baby food jar for quick touch ups. (via New Uses for Old Things: Kids Edition from Real Simple.)

2. Make salad in a jar and keep it fresh for up to 14 days while making enough to last for ten days at one time. Find out how at Salad in a Jar.

3. Use citrus oil to remove sticky residue from jars and other glass you want to recycle. (via Green Your Way.)

4. Add drawers to the bottom of your kitchen cabinets in order to create more storage space. You’ll find the diy for building under-cabinet drawers at The Family Handyman.

5. Unexpected fruit flies? Trap them using a jar, a paper cone, and a banana. Find out how to make your own fruit fly trap at The Idea Room.

Looking for more household tips? Check out these articles from Soap Deli News for ways to make homemaking easier.

1. Household Tips for Organizing and Living.
2. Home Office Organizing Tips and DIY Projects.
3. Helpful Tips for Everyday Success.
4. Everyday Homemaking Tips.

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Make your own laundry detergent.

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homemade laundry detergent
Making your own laundry detergent is not only a fun and easy craft, but it’s also good for the environment and it saves money versus buying costly name brand laundry detergents. Following is a simple recipe for making your own detergent at home.
Ingredients:
1 Bar of Handmade Cold Process Soap
1 Cup of 20 Mule Team Borax
1 Cup of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda

Directions:
Grate the handmade soap into a bowl using a cheese grater. If soap is damp, allow to dry. Combine with borax and washing soda – note that washing soda is NOT the same as baking soda – along with grated soap in a food processor or blender. Blend into a powder. Store in a container of your choice. Use 1 Tablespoon of detergent for small loads or 2 Tablespoons for large loads. For extra cleaning power on heavily soiled linens, you may add 1/4 Cup Oxi-Clean or generic alternative to your wash cycle.