The ins and outs of living in Puerto Rico

My Chemical Free Laundry


As a wife and mother, one of the things I have to deal with constantly is laundry. This post is about my attempt to have a chemical free laundry and the products I use.

Over the years since my daughter’s diagnosis of Celiac Disease and Epilepsy I have worked hard towards eliminating not only the gluten, animal products, food dyes and other harmful food additives from our family’s diet, I have also worked towards eliminating the chemicals from our home and cosmetic products as well.   This has been a work in progress filled with trial and error but I am happy to say that I have finally found my 4 favorite chemical free laundry products that when combined help me get fluffy, fresh smelling, clean laundry without all the added junk we don’t want on our skin.

So without further ado, here is my chemical free laundry product line up that helps me keep my kids smelling fresh and clean in the Puerto Rico heat!

I purchase my giant jug of Greensheild Organic Laundry Detergent from Costco.  It had some wonky reviews on amazon but I tried it and I love it.  I have used both the lavender scent and the free and clear and I honestly prefer the free and clear but since Costco hasn’t been carrying it lately, I have the lavender right now.  It smells nice but I tend to shy away from artificial fragrances.

Which of course brings me to my Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Fabric Softener.  It’s also lavender scent but its’ fragrance comes from essential oils which I LOVE!  If you open the bottle and take a whiff it actually smells really strong and even when the washer is going it fills the whole house with a lavender fragrance but I find that by the time the clothes are dry the scent is much less and it leaves our clothes smelling fresh and clean but not overly perfumey which is nice.

Of course since Puerto Rico is basically 365 days of summer, and we have 2 very active children, I often have to fight with the stains on their clothes.  Thankfully that job got a whole lot easier since I found TANGIE  Laundry Stain remover.  It’s this really neat bar of coconut oil, grapeseed oil, soap nut liquid, oxalic acid, sea salt, citric acid, lemon essential oil (and love) that you wet and rub onto your clothing stain and then wash as usual.  For the really set in stains you can leave it sit a bit before washing to give it a little more time to work its magic.  It works really well and it isn’t a chemical bomb like other stain removing products so I can use it as often as I need without worry.

Finally, last but certainly not least are my Woolzies Dryer Balls.  Although not vegan because they are literally balls of wool -I’m so sorry sheep, but I HATE plastic dryer balls, and I like to imagine that you enjoy your nice spiffy haircuts!-. However, these dryer balls do a great job to reduce the drying time of my clothes and eliminate my need for traditional dryer sheets.   I will admit that they do nothing for static cling but I find that with the humidity here in Puerto Rico the static cling is minimal here anyway, so that was never my reason for using dryer sheets in the first place.  I just liked having soft towels and fresh smelling laundry.  😉  So, since Woolzies are mainly used as a fabric softener and to help reduce drying time, you will have to place a few drops of essential oil on 1-2 of the balls and throw them in with your dry clothes and run them with no heat (heat kills the essential oil so it won’t smell anymore if you have put it in a heated tumble) for a few minutes if you want a little added fragrance to your clothes but that’s simple enough.  Frankly I don’t bother most days unless I want to add some more fragrance to my clean bedding or to refresh a pair of jeans that I want to wear a second day.  Thankfully though, my Mrs. Meyers fabric softener eliminates the need for additional fragrance in 95% of my loads of laundry as far as I’m concerned but everyone has their own preferences so luckily there are tons of unique essential oil options to fit your individual needs.

So there you have it, that’s my chemical free laundry line-up.  I hope that helps any of you looking for more natural laundry products but are too lazy or timid to make your own like I am.  😉 Stay fresh Puerto Rico!


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  1. Thank you, I will try the Descubra and Econo next time I am in Guaynabo, not far for us at all. I haven’t seen spaghetti squash in so long, I can’t wait to get over there. Thanks again, my sister is going to breathe a little easier now! Cheers!

    • Jay-Webmaster


      I just want to clarify that the Spaghetti Squash is available at the Econo grocery store near Descubra. Descubra is a great little store with organic and Gluten Free items, but they don’t have fresh produce. If you want fresh produce, Econo in Altamira (not any other Econo) has a great selection of produce.

  2. I have a sister that will be visiting this Fall and she also has celiac’s disease. Where do you do most of your shopping for those items? I have found quite a few items at Costco (On Carr 2) but not that many.

    • Angela

      Hello KCQ, yes I do find my laundry detergent at Costco but I find my fabric softener at Freshmart and my Stain Remover I buy off Amazon. As far as basic food items my main stores are also Costco, Freshmart, another local natural foods grocer called Descubra in Guaynabo/San Juan Corner, and Econo for seasonings and various specialty produce. Econo always has really nice prices on things like spaghetti squash and leeks. 😉 I hope that helps and I hope your sister enjoys her visit!

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