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I have yet to meet anyone who really enjoys laundry.  I remember when the girls were little, it felt like I spent 1/2 my day in the kitchen and 1/2 my day in the laundry room.  Whether it was washing toddlers dirt covered clothes or washing out cloth diapers, there was always something to wash and sanitize.

As soon as my girls were old enough, I was teaching them how to separate whites and colors.  Which ones needed to be stain treated and the difference between an old rag and a kitchen dishcloth (and why we don’t wash them together).

One of the things I have been working hard to do in simplifying our home, is to trade our chemical laden cleaning products with more natural ones.  It has been a process that has taken some time, but in doing so I have been able to simplify the products we use for washing our clothes and cleaning our home, down to just a handful of natural products.

Two years ago, if you looked under my kitchen sink and in my laundry room, it was full of all sorts of cleaning products for every imaginable application, issue or problem.

For years I didn’t really question if I really needed all these products. I watched the advertisements and I admit, I was swayed by all the pretty packaging in the store. I assumed that it was safe for my family if it was on the shelf.

In the end though, I realized it was up to me to research and decide what was best for my family.

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For my family that means less chemical and a greater knowledge of knowing what is in our products.  As a result I have been able to get down to using a handful of products and, as a result,  simplify our laundry room.

  • Homemade Laundry Detergent – About 3 years ago I started making our own laundry detergent.  With a large family I wanted to find a more cost effective solution than buying it from the store. After a few try’s, I found the recipe that works the best for us.  You can find my Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe Here.  I love that I can control what goes in it and I find it cleans just as well and my clothes come out smelling great.
  • Spot Stain Remover – I love this stain remover and feel good about the company it comes from – Melaleuca.  While I do not sell Melaleuca products, my neighbor does and I purchase my stain remover from her.
  • White Vinegar – Vinegar is a great natural cleaning product.  Even if it doesn’t smell great, it has some great cleaning power.  Add equal parts water to equal parts vinegar in a spray bottle, and you have a great window and mirror cleaner.
  • Thieves Household Cleaner – I love this cleaner from Young Living and use it for everything and for every surface.  This cleaner is a natural combination of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus Radiata and Rosemary Oils and works well as a all over cleaner and disinfectant.  Plus, it is safe to use on everything from counter tops to a fruit wash in your kitchen.
  • Homemade Wool Dryer Balls – Can I say I just say, I love these!  I’ve never really cared for dryer sheets because they almost always bothered my allergies.  When I discovered these dryer balls, I was so excited because I could add my favorite Essential Oil to them (which for me is Lavender) and get the same result as I did when I used dryer sheets – without the chemical component.  The dryer balls eliminate any static and my clothes come out smelling just as fresh. (Here is the DIY Tutorial to make your own).

And that’s it!  My Simplified Laundry Room.  With these changes I have been able to clear out the hard chemical cleaners and get down to only the items we need. 

There is something really freeing about that – getting down to only what you need and not spending hard earned money on cleaning products you don’t.  Plus it frees up shelf space and under cabinet storage.

Have you simplified your laundry room or even cleaning products? What have you found that works for your family?

Keeping it Simple,

~Victoria

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