If you’re buying organic clothing for your little one you certainly don’t want to cover it in chemicals when you clean it! Here are some eco-friendly ways to clean your clothes so you can really go green with your kid’s!
It seems kids and babies attract stains everywhere they go. It just happens. You can get rid of many of them by mixing equal parts water and organic white vinegar. Soak the stained area and let it sit for a few minutes before laundering.
You can also mix baking soda and water and let the clothes sit for an hour before washing.
Throw ¼ cup of baking soda to your wash cycle to soften your clothes.
For sweat stains you can make a paste of lemon juice and baking soda. Leave it on the stain for ½ an hour before you wash it.
Natural unrefined sea-salt works wonders on juice stains. Blot the stain with cold water, sprinkle some salt on it and wipe it clean with club soda before throwing it in the wash.
Fragrance-free detergent is best because it won’t be full of petro-chemicals. You can make your clothes smell lovely with essential oils like rosewood, or peppermint. Just add a few drops to your wash.
Check out companies like Ecos by Earth Friendly Products Free & Clear, Seventh Generation Free and Clear Natural Laundry Detergent and Arm & Hammer Essentials
Dry cleaning is a chemical filled process. It typically uses perchloroethylene which studies show could be a carcinogen. If you want to skip the dry cleaners and hand wash your silk and wool garments. Remember that even the gentle cycle of you’re washing machine can cause them to shrink because of agitation so hand washing is best.
Gently swirl your clothes in a sink of cool water. Don’t use any detergent with a pH above 10; it will destroy your clothes. After washing gently press the excess water from the fabric. You can hang dry silk clothes and for wool items lay them flat in the correct shape, they’ll dry back to normal.
Don’t forget to line dry your clothing so they have that sunny fresh feel! It’ll also help save you money on electricity.