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4 Ways to Do Laundry Cheaply without Soaps or Chemicals

4 ways to do laundry without soaps or chemicals

I love seeing piles of clean laundry. But I don’t love the high cost of soaps, or the way some of them make me itch or sneeze. I made my own for a while, but if I ran out we had to buy them. Then I was back to itching and sneezing. And that doesn’t even include the cost. I do 2-4 loads every day. It adds up. So I learned 4 ways to do laundry cheaply without soaps or chemicals.

Washer Balls

Washer balls are great!   They are way cheaper than soaps.All you have to do is charge them in the sun a few hours every month, or in our case about a week. I use 2 for extra large loads.  This saves me so much money doing laundry for a large family. We also have several people that have allergies to a lot of laundry soaps so this works great for us.

Wool  Dryer Balls

Wool dryer balls work by fluffing your laundry as it dries. No static cling, no odors. I know, I know some of you like the odors. Just put a wash cloth in the dryer with a few drops of your favorite essential oil. You can make your own wool dryer ball but trust me, it takes a loooonnngg time. And while not hard to make it is time consuming and doesn’t save you very much money at all.

Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda

My secret weapons for getting out stains and smells  are hydrogen peroxide  and baking soda.  Sprinkle baking soda in stinky laundry. I also use a spray bottle with hydrogen peroxide. Now test on fabric first. But really good for fluid stains. Best thing around for baby clothes.

4 Ways to do Laundry Cheaply without Soaps or Chemicals

So this is why I love doing laundry this way. No chemicals, no more buying soaps or  fabric softeners. No itching, or sneezing. And it saves a lot of money.   I hope this have helped you with different ways to do laundry.

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A Clean House

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I saw the funniest cartoon once. A mother walked in with a basket of clothes and said”Now the laundry is all done.” The entire family were just wearing towels. I have felt like that mother, it seems impossible to get it all done.

I don’t think I have had all the rooms in my house clean at the same time . If we work on the upstairs it trickles down. And all the laundry is never all done. Even if I get caught up in the morning once 11 people take showers it piled up again. Oh my, if the flu hits, its time to go to the laundry mat or risk never catching up.I started cleaning out my kitchen cupboards a month ago. Each time I start I straighten up what I have done and then hopefully proceed before time runs out. I’m still not finished. By the time I am finished it one area it’s time to start on the first one again. A clean house seems like a mirage.

Never Ending Dishes and Laundry

Our dishwasher runs constantly. Do you know how many dishes it takes to make a meal for a family of 11? I know holiday meals that people have are not that many. My children went to the dentist this week and the hygienist was so nervous about making dinner for 6 it was hard not to say anything, let alone not laugh.

I love having a large family, but I love having a clean house too. I am wondering if the two are incompatible? Especially with a sick mom and children doing most of the work at this time.

I am much better than I was. My dh lived by himself when we got married. I had two children. So he went from himself to a family of 4. When we moved stuff he took down my Christmas tree. It was the last week in February. We had boxes for aisles for months. At least I knew how to cook. He gained weight our first year.

So I am working on decluttering and cleaning. I have seen Don Asslett’s videos, Flylady’s email list, read the Speed Cleaning book and the messies manual. I keep seeing improvement but I have definitely not arrived. Maybe one day.

Gift of a Clean House

My children have asked again what I want for Christmas. I have the same answer for Mother’s day and my birthday and Christmas. The house all cleaned and no children fighting. They usually laugh. I do know one day it will happen. But I think the house will be clean, but also too quiet. There won’t be as many dishes or laundry because there won’t be as many home. The floor won’t have to be swept several times a day because there won;t be as many small or big feet running on it. So I’ll still work on getting my house cleaner but I will remember why it’s so hard to keep up.

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