Category Archives: Cleaning

“A Wake-Up Story”

I’ve gone from typical consumer to natural mama extraordinaire. And looking back over the past five years, the changes we made didn’t happen overnight. It was a long process, but one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done!

You’re probably reading my blog because you’re looking for a few changes yourself. No problem. I have a simple 101-step process to becoming a happier, healthier, planet saving super-being! Hah! There’s no check-list 😉

*Gasp* Where to start?

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Non-toxic Cleaning: Wool Dryer Balls

Wool Dryer Balls

Dryer sheets: Yuck! We banished these from our house about four years ago and haven’t looked back since.

Aside from being wasteful, dryer sheets are coated with chemicals and synthetic fragrances to soften and reduce static cling. While your clothes may feel softer, dryer sheets and softeners leave chemical residues behind on your clothing.

For the past few years, I’ve been using wool dryer balls instead of dryer sheets. And I absolutely LOVE them! Not only are the wool dryer balls great to distract a toddler while I speed (and I mean SPEED) fold laundry, but they are very cost-efficient.

Bounce dryer sheets are $5.87 for 160 sheets at Walmart. I do usually 2-3 loads of laundry everyday and my dryer balls have lasted about two years. In two years, roughly 1,248+ loads of laundry (What!? I need a house cleaner, Kyle) would equate to about $65.00 in dryer sheets.

In case you’re wondering, we use cloth diapers, cloth pull-ups and eliminated paper towels. I’m not a twisted housewife who washes 624+ loads of clothes just to win a laundry trophy 😉

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