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How to Naturally Wash Laundry for Messy Kids

How to Naturally Wash Laundry for Messy Kids

Moms know all about laundry. If nothing else, doing laundry is a regular task that we try to fit into our weekly routine. Laundry can also be a science, with tons of tips available about how to best wash laundry, remove stains from kids’ outfits, and even limit wear on clothing from regular washing. I like using natural laundry products such as Molly’s Suds and I try to regularly schedule doing the laundry at our house. I can’t do laundry every day and no one likes running out of clean clothes. Molly’s Suds helps our family stay clean and go green by using Eco-friendly laundry detergent.

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My kids create dirty laundry all sorts of ways. The main way laundry is created at our house is from outfit changes. My girls apparently feel like they need to change outfits several times a day. This habit is somewhat balanced out by the times my kids feel like they don’t need to wear any clothes at all! But still, dirty laundry ends up in piles on the floor.

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Natural & Effective Laundry Products

When it comes to washing our dirty laundry, I look for products that don’t have a strong fragrance and are gentle on cotton clothing (which most of our clothing is made from). Molly’s Suds laundry products was created by a problem-solving mom as an Eco-friendly and non-toxic alternative for laundry detergent and stain removers. Molly’s Suds products are made using the purest of ingredients without carcinogens or known human toxins and are even biodegradable, gentle on the environment, and safe for the smallest members of our family.

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Mommy Life is messy, especially when it comes to laundry. My kids enjoy doing craft projects, coloring, gluing, playing with homemade sensory glitter slime, and creating art with homemade fingerpaint. Any creative kids project such as  fingerpaint is bound to end up in hair, on faces, and definitely on clothing. After an afternoon painting activity, Molly’s Suds can help! Our colorful fingerpaint is super easy to make with just cornstarch, flour, and water. Cornstarch creates smoother fingerpaint, while the flour helps it flow like paint. Easily mix up your own fingerpaint and let your kids choose their favorite colors!

DIY Colorful Fingerpaint

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp. flour
  • Food coloring

Mix together the cornstarch, flour, and water until smooth. Distribute the paint into cups and add a few drops of food coloring to each cup. Kids will love picking out their own hues of food coloring to mix into the paint! Use caution when adding the food coloring; it can stain counter tops and clothing.

Homemade finger paint with cornstarch and water - Mommy Scene

Homemade finger paint for kids with cornstarch and water - Mommy Scene

Learning Life Skills Creates Laundry

My girls also love helping me cook in the kitchen, playing outside, and enjoying snacks — all the while creating dirty laundry. I’m sure we will make lots of holiday goodies this year and my girls want to be involved in every step of the process. Molly’s Suds laundry products help me easily remove food and dirt stains from my daughter’s clothing because after all — dirty laundry happens when you’re having fun.

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I received  a variety of Molly’s Suds products to try with our own family; liquid and powder laundry detergent, color-safe clothing whitener, laundry wash for sports clothing, and even wool dryer balls. I like having options when doing our family’s laundry. Powder detergent works well for towels and sheets and liquid detergent effectively takes out stains and dirt from my kids’ shirts, pants, skirts, and dresses. Molly’s Suds detergent is naturally formulated and effective at washing a full load of kids’ clothing!

Molly’s Suds laundry products are made with a “no compromise” attitude and the purest of Certified Vegan ingredients. These naturally-made laundry products meet stringent guidelines which allow Molly’s Suds to be Certified Cruelty Free by Leaping Bunny.

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Endless Cycles of Kids’ Laundry

General washing:  Molly’s Suds 120 Load Laundry Powder is ideal for cleaning everyday dirty clothing. This super-concentrated laundry powder is long-lasting and affordable, with just one tablespoon required per load. It’s just as effective as conventional brands, without the use of harsh chemicals, toxins, fillers, carcinogens, preservatives or GMO ingredients. Molly’s Suds 120 Load Laundry Powder works great in all water temperatures and hard water, and is safe for septic tanks and High Efficiency (HE) clothes washers.

Spot cleaning: Molly’s Suds All Sport Laundry Wash 32 loads is formulated to eliminate tough odor-causing bacteria and stains. Specially made to clean synthetic and technical fibers, the liquid helps to preserve athletic clothing’s moisture wicking capabilities, breathability, and water repellency. You can even use this All Sport Laundry Wash as a stain remover by rubbing it directly onto tough stains or adding water and making a 1:1 spray solution.

Cleaning cloth diapers: Comprised of only four earth-derived ingredients (sodium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate, magnesium sulfate/heptahydrate, and unrefined sea salt) Molly’s Suds Unscented Laundry Powder 70 loads is formulated especially for sensitive skin. This gentle laundry wash is ideal for baby clothes and for naturally cleaning cloth diapers. You can use this along with Molly’s Suds Wool Dryer Balls to get your baby’s cloth diaper covers and diaper inserts clean, fluffy, and dry!

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Messy Little Eaters

Did I mention Mommy Life is full of surprise messes? Sometimes (several times a day) we have to clean up the people we love the most! My little man is no exception; he pretty much needs an outfit change after every meal.

Active Kids & Soccer Players

My daughter played soccer this fall, which resulted in many grass stains and dirty outfits. Dirty sports laundry is easy to wash with a natural detergent such as Molly’s Suds All Sport Laundry Wash!

This miss and her team are undefeated and she even scored a goal today! 🌷⚽ #soccer #mommyscene

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How do you effectively clean your family’s laundry? Have you discovered any tricks for getting out stains and maximizing the life of your kiddo’s cute clothing?

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Katie has been married for 9 years, has 3 young children, and loves creative projects, photography, decorating, and encouraging others to pursue their ideas. She loves the Lord and feels blessed to be a stay-at-home mom with opportunities to enjoy creative outlets from home.

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30 Comments on "How to Naturally Wash Laundry for Messy Kids"

Rochelle Haynes

Pre soak you clothes before washing

amy guillaume linderman
amy guillaume linderman

seltzer water or tonic water is a great pre-treater for stains!

Angela Hendricks

I have two kids, two dogs, and a husband. My best tip for keeping up with the laundry is to constantly do the laundry otherwise it piles up on me.


I start one load of laundry in the morning before kids wake up, switch it at nap time and start another one. Finish up when they’re in bed.


Just started to use Molly’s Suds. I love it.

Shubhada Bhide

It’s really hard to wash the kid’s clothes, especially when they are playing outside. We need Molly’s Suds laundry products to be able to wash the clothes easier. Great products and giveaway!


This sounds like a really nice range of laundry detergents. I like the Diy too. My kids love arts and crafts work and they have messy clothes with stains and I have to do laundry every other day, I am definitely going to check these for maintaining the cuteness of the clothes and fabric. A great giveaway!

Sue Tanya McHorgh

I love the DIY color finger paint. I would love to try it 🙂 I also love the tips for doing laundry. I have no kids but i have friends that has children that will find this information useful.

Amber Ludwig

Ooh this one is tough because Im SO bad at it! I guess my suggestion would be to do it every weekend no matter what! Also, fold them and put them away right away before laundry mountain starts!

Tanvi Rastogi

Firstly, how cute are all these pictures. I had not heard of this brand. Thanks for sharing.



I don’t have any children myself but I know how messy they can get and how laundry never ends! These washing suds sound great, my niece suffers very sensitive skin so I will have to tell my sister about this brand 🙂

Jessi Housel

My best laundry trick is to start filling my washer with dirt clothes as I get them. I do laundry all week as needed so once my washer is full of dirty clothes I add soap and start.

elicia p

No tricks but what worked for me was to just give in and do babies and my clothes together. It was getting hard to wash seperate. Once I started putting his with my clothes. Laundry became less of a hassle.
(I was already doing it with the older, so why not)

Nicole Flint

Pre-soak is key! I have never heard of this brand before! I’m going to check these out. I love natural products!

Deborah W.

I check for stains, close all zippers and buttons on pants and turn special clothing items inside out if they have decorations on them before washing. I also use as little detergent as possible.

Shirley Smith

Never let laundry build up to where it gets overwhelming. I put a load in every night before I go to bed, And when I get up at 5:30 I place right into the dryer.

Rachel Stenger

My top tip is to presort your laundry and pit it close by your laundry room and slightly in sight of a place you pass by alot. I also sometimes set an alarm for laundry days


Pre soak the clothes.


Our laundry is on the main floor, so if I have stinky towels or dishrags, they go strait into the washing machine to await their turn, so they don’t get the rest of the laundry (and our bedroom!) smelling swampy.

Carole D

Pre soak stain treated clothes before washing!


I like to treat stains as soon as I can so they don’t set in.

Pat F

I do laundry every few days I don’t let it pile up.

Sarah Hayes

try to remove stains as soon as possible

Stacy F.

No clue I’ll be reading for tips. I just have to try to not do it all at once otherwise I can’t handle it HA! Diapers get their own day though 🙂

Maryann D.

I put in a load of towels as soon as I get up in the morning so they are done by the time I leave for work. I also use some vinegar in the rinse.

Susan Campbell

I have a very athletic daughter who’s sports bras and athletic tops would have such a smell. no matter what I tried, I couldn’t get the smell out. One day I put a sprayer on top of a peroxide brown bottle, and sprayed her stinky stuff and let it sit for a few hours, or over night, and , I swear the smell is gone before I even wash them…..finally something that really works!!! Just don’t spray it on linen or silk, it will damage it!!!

Erika E

I sort my laundry into different baskets as soon as it makes it into the laundry room so I just have to grab a full basket and start the washer.

Dee Johnson

I use Borax for orders and tough stains.


I spot treat the moment I put something in the hamper. That way it has time to do the work and I don’t forget to apply it at wash time.

Suzanne B

Thanks for your informative post. I’m bummed I missed the giveaway!!