Thursday, December 10, 2009

Laundry the Natural, Frugal Way

In my quest to live more frugally and naturally, I’m constantly looking for different ways of doing things. I’ve seen women on different internet internet boards through the years talk about making their own laundry detergent, but I didn’t think it would be something I wanted to put the effort into making myself. Until I discovered that two of my real-life friends, Catherine and Suzanne, make their own. They assured me that it’s not that hard, and with their prompting I decided to try it for myself.  There are several different recipes on the web, and I’m experimenting to see which one I like best. But yeah, making your own laundry detergent really is not hard, and it really is a frugal way to get your clothes clean.
So the next logical step was finding a natural dryer sheet to soften and cut down on static.
Well, here ya go…wool dryer balls. Here is a tutorial to make them. A $5 skein of wool, on sale from Joann’s, made two dryer balls.
Although honestly, I found them to be a pain in the booty to make. If I need anymore, I’m gonna buy them from a WAHM*. I’ve seen them sold on Hyena Cart for $15 for three balls, and to me, that is worth the trouble.
*WAHM means “work-at-home-mom” to those of you who aren’t familiar with internet acronyms.


  1. Yay, you!! we've actually stopped for the first time in a year since TheFinalist has been born - and it's not even for the work of making it. i never remember to pick up the ingredients when i'm in the big city - i need to order the fels in bulk and then i'd be good to go! so glad you're doing it! now, i just need to look into those wool balls..

  2. Where do you order the fels in bulk from?
    Since we already get liquid castile soap, I'm experimenting with recipes that call for that. But I still might like to try to the fels.