As a busy mom of littles it’s hard to find time to shop or keep up with fashion trends but recently I found an easy and affordable way to stay fashionable. Also I want to share with you all my favorite homemade natural fabric softener recipe and these simple instructions for easy DIY reusable dryer sheets to keep your clothes looking and feeling fabulous!
Mommy Friendly Fashion
It’s been way too long since I’ve updated my wardrobe or invested in new clothes for myself. I’ve noticed I’ve become pickier about what I wear since becoming a mom. Not only do I want to feel good and look fashionable but I also need my clothing to be functional. Something I can chase a toddler and carry a baby in. And if I’m going to be out long it must be comfortable to nurse in too. I was thrilled when Swap.com gave me a generous credit to shop Swap.com’s large selection of second-hand clothing in honor of Mother’s Day. What a fun treat for this momma! All the clothing items seen in this post were found at Swap.com, my favorite being the olive green Anne Taylor Loft dress which is super comfy, easy to nurse in and it also has pockets!
I was able to purchase 2 dresses, 3 shirts, a pair of shorts, and a very good quality leather belt for myself as well as 2 dresses, a pair of leggings and a cardigan for baby girl. I got all of this for just about $100. Swap.com has hundreds of name brand clothing at a fraction of the price. Shopping second-hand with Swap.com is a great way to stretch your budget especially with all the great sales they have in addition to their already lower prices. They have a vast selection of clothing, books, and children’s items but their filters make it simple to find exactly what you’re looking for. Shopping online from the comfort of home makes it convenient for busy moms who don’t have time to peruse racks of clothing in a physical store with little ones hanging about!
This super soft gray t-shirt with my new Denim Co. shorts paired with this Banana Republic belt and my favorite leather sandals have become my go-to casual outfit for running errands along with my Lily Jade designer diaper bag!
Free returns make it easy to find the right fit too. I highly recommend Swap.com as a mom-friendly way to shop for fashionable, affordable clothing for the whole family. I’m excited to tell you that Swap.com is generously offering a 25% off discount to all of you until July 31, 2017 using the coupon code: 25MOM. Happy shopping!
To keep my clothing feeling and looking great I love using my homemade natural fabric softener and dryer sheets!
Regular store bought fabric softeners and dryer sheets may smell nice but the toxic chemicals they contain are known to cause allergies, asthma, skin irritation, headaches (all of which were very true for me personally) as well possibly causing hormone disruption and cancers. Yikes! Because of that I stopped using dryer sheets a long time ago. However I’ve missed the soft feel dyer sheets would leave on my clothes so recently I have been trying to find a more natural alternative and am happy to say I’ve found one I am very pleased with!
This recipe uses 2 main ingredients that are all very inexpensive and can be used for a variety of other purposes making this softener cost almost nothing! I mix the liquid together and store in a jar in my laundry room. You can add a splash of it to your rinse cycle and/or soak squares of cotton fabric in the liquid that can be wrung out and tossed in the dryer as a dryer sheet.
For my trial batch I only made a half batch in a small container but will be making at least a double batch next time. Using these dryer sheets keeps my clothes smelling clean, feeling very soft and (used along with wool dryer balls) static free.
DIY Homemade Natural Fabric Softener
2 cups white vinegar
2 cups water
1/8 cup vegetable glycerin ( I use slightly more in mine!)
15-20 drops of essential oils (optional for adding fragrance)
Combine glycerin, vinegar and water into a sealable container and whisk or shake vigorously to combine well. Add 10-15 drops of essential oils of choice ( I used lavender). Store in a cool location away from sunlight.Re-useable Natural Dryer Sheets
Natural Re-useable Dryer Sheets
100% cotton fabric
Container full of 1 batch of the Homemade Natural Fabric Softener
To make the re-useable dryer sheets simply cut large squares of 100% cotton fabric ( I used an old flannel baby blanket). If you like you can hem the sides to prevent unraveling ( I skipped this step). Add to your container of homemade natural fabric softener. To use: wring out excess liquid and throw 1-2 sheets in the dryer with your wet clothing. Place dried sheet back into jar for re-use.
And that’s it! Simple, cost effective and homemade natural fabric softener to keep your families clothes clean and feeling great.
Karen and her husband of 7 years have one active but very sweet toddler boy and a happy baby girl. She loves being mommy, spending quality time with friends and family, traveling and trying new things.