Tips on Getting a Natural Laundry Routine Going!

Slowly but surely, I’ve been greening my laundry routine. I almost typed “our” laundry routine, but let’s face it, around here, I’m the only one who regularly starts up washer and dryer, so … yeah. I used to grab the biggest bottle on the aisle with the the most promises – brighter whites! longer lasting color! amazing scent! – but at one point I looked at the ingredients and didn’t know what any of them were. Problem. So, I started researching what would clean best while being a bit safer for my family.

Today, I’ve rounded up a handful of my favorite laundry routines that are more au natural than most. Enjoy!


I love homemade options – just search Pinterest and pick something to try. If it’s not love the first time, make some adjustments. You’ll find something you love in no time at all.┬áIt’s fresh and cheap. You can make it yourself in just a few minutes and a little goes a looooong way. It gets out all the normal stains you’ll run into – food, the outdoors, markers. Yep, winner.


Just don’t. I stopped a long time ago and haven’t noticed that our clothes are less soft. Of course, they don’t smell exactly like “spring explosion”, but I just take that as “no chemicals.” You can explore some natural options here and here, more on my favorite below.


Wool dryer balls are amazing! We told you about them a while ago here! They dry our clothes much faster – which cuts down on energy use – AND soften them thanks to the extra tumbling momentum. You can make your own, but I’ve learned with some things it’s a better idea to spend my time elsewhere and buy from the experts.

dryer balls


I live in the Pacific Northwest, so for 5/6th of the year a clothesline isn’t my most effective option for drying clothes. I do however, implore this divine drying rack from IKEA. It’s compact and fits quite a bit.

drying rack“BLEACH”

I will admit, on rare occasion I break out the real bleach for some spot treatments, but in most cases the sun is my #1 whitener. It’s truly amazing how stains fade right away with a little touch of the sun!

What are some natural/green elements of your laundry routine? Share your favorite brands, tips and tricks!