Laundry Hacks – Natural Solutions

Laundry happens, all day every day! Throw in a few kids and your pile will double if not triple! That pile of laundry is full of dirt and germs that need to be conquered before it gets out hand! Get it done quickly, easily, and with these sustainable tips!

 

Don’t Be Afraid of Cold Water

By washing your laundry with cold water, you are not only saving yourself money, but saving your threads! Cold water will keep colors bright, reduce wrinkling, and also aids in fighting stains! By choosing the cold water option, you are also giving your hot water heater a break in turn giving your energy bill a break!

Keep The Dirty Clothes Separated

By setting up a 3 hamper system you will save yourself tons of time and stress when it comes to getting the laundry done! Separate the clothes into whites, colors, and delicates as you go!

Stop Buying Bleach

Bleach is harmful and is not necessary to clean your whites! Instead, you can try a few different options. Try using a 1/2 cup of lemon vinegar (white vinegar with lemon peels soaked for a few days). For a really tough stain, apply a small dab of our Grammy’s Sweet Lemon Laundry Sauce for an extra all natural boost.

Wash Full Loads

Make sure that you are filling your loads. This will decrease the amount of energy used to wash your laundry and give you a break on your power bill. When you wash small loads, this still takes an incredible amount of energy to wash and dry! Think about how long those machines have to run!

Clean Your Machines

Taking good care of your washer and dryer will ensure that you are fully utilizing each cycle. Make sure that you regularly check your gaskets and clean around the edges of the machines! Mold can grow in places you cannot see which can contribute mold and mildew in the laundry. Try our all natural Multi-Purpose cleaner and check those hard to reach areas around the top of the wash bin and the gasket around your dryer door.

Clean your dryer’s lint filter after each load!

Ditch the Dryer Sheets

Dryer sheets are not eco-friendly and most are very toxic. Do yourself a favor and invest in a few wool dryer balls or tennis balls can do the trick as well. Throw them into your dryer with wet loads to help circulate air and reduce dry time.  The best part is that these balls work as a fabric softener and reduce static!

Dry Outside

If it’s warm outside, hang a dry line and invest in some clothes pins! Your clothes will thank you for it! It takes a bit longer, but you will drastically reduce your energy bill by just hanging your wet clothes up outside!

 

BLEACH – SCARY STUFF

DO NOT USE BLEACH OR CLEANERS WITH BLEACH!

Did you know that bleach has chlorine in it and has been linked to cancer? Eek!

According to the National Poison Control Center website, 43,518 calls concerning bleach were reported in 2016. Using all purpose cleaners that contain bleach, or sodium hypochlorite are almost always dispensed in a spray bottle. Sodium hypochlorite poses many health risks including asthma and respiratory concerns, skin allergies and irritation, cancer, and environmental risks.

There is a specific risk when bleach is put into a machine such as a dishwasher or washing machine where the bleach is heated and then released as a gas when the machine is opened in the home!

multi-cleaner

USE AN ALL NATURAL ALTERNATIVE

Unintended Farms spent a few years developing a safe, yet effective bleach free All Natural Multi-Purpose Cleaner. Utilizing the power of Tea Tree essential oil and castile soap, it is perfect for cleaning surfaces in your home: kitchen tables and counters, floors, bathroom sinks and counters, granite, tile, handles, knobs and beyond…

This handmade all natural, non-toxic cleaner is anti-bacterial and works hard on grease, dirt, and grime. Use on any non-porous surface and wipe with a soft cloth. This also works great on stainless steel, granite counters, and our microfiber couch!

 

Unintended Farms shall not be held responsible for any damages to property or for any adverse physical effects (including injury or bodily harm) caused by improper use of a product.

What is Borax and is it safe?

The question of what Borax is and also whether it’s safe comes up a lot online and at the market. It is a main ingredient in our Grammy’s Sweet Lemon Laundry Sauce as well as our Dishwasher Detergent and Dish It Up Soap. We absolutely love it! However, like everyone else we wanted to dig into the nitty-gritty and find out what the fuss is all about?

Borax is sodium tetraborate or sodium borate. Many people confuse this with boric acid, hydrogen borate. Borax is actually a salt of boric acid and does not have the same chemical characteristics.  If you have ever googled articles about the dangers of Borax and have read articles in opposition to Borax  typically they are referring to boric acid please take them with a grain of salt, literally. They are comparing apples and oranges.

Borax is a naturally occurring mineral. The product safety data on Borax combines borax and boric acid cautions, and it is unclear which substance the various warnings pertain to. The most extreme warnings about borax mention skin contact, eye contact or eaten in high doses. There are everyday items in our kitchen such as vinegar, essential oils and even organic pepper can have these same effects. That does not make these things unsafe but just that they must be used correctly and in moderation. Borax is alkaline and when it is not diluted it can cause irritation.

Here’s the full material data safety sheet if you want some light reading.

That data sheet does give borax a safety rating of “1” which is the same as baking soda and salt. (I wouldn’t recommend putting those in your eye or rubbing large amounts on the skin constantly or ingesting large amounts daily either)

The Environmental Working Group lists Borax as a safety rating of 5-6, though again, the studies used contained both borax and boric acid and the warnings referred to ingestion, eye contact or prolonged undiluted use.

So Is Borax Safe?

We did not find any evidence  that was compelling enough for us to avoid using Borax in our cleaners. We do not recommend that you eat it or rub it on your skin without first diluting it.All of our products use a safe, diluted amount and are not recommended for uses other than cleaning.

Consider the warning labels on major box store brands and then weigh the risks for yourself! Borax is an effective natural cleaner and a safer alternative either way you cut it. Yes it can be used as a pesticide, but it’s a natural one.We mix it with a bit of sugar and leave it out for the ants when we see them!

Our favorite brand is Mule Team Borax and it is considered pure and natural.

Please let us know! Do you use Borax? Do you consider it safe?