perhaps this says a lot about the stage of life i’m in, when walking into an apartment with a washer and dryer feels like i hit the jackpot, but in all honesty, it truly did feel like i just won the lottery when we walked through this new york city apartment for the first time and saw those beautiful machines. having not had a washer or dryer in our last apartment for the past 5 YEARS (!!!) is probably why i’m still a little bit giddy every time i start a load of laundry, or pull fresh warm sheets out of the dryer. truth be told, i still hate folding laundry, and i still struggle with how in the world you’re supposed to fold a fitted sheet (please tell me i’m not alone here), but overall, i’m very grateful.
since daily laundry is a pretty new occurrence for our family, josh and i have been diligent about trying to learn and educate ourselves about what sorts of cleaning products are best for our home and family. we’ve been trying to be better at this in all aspects of our life, from cleaning products to anything food related we bring home, and laundry products was one we didn’t know much about at all. today, we’re partnering with Grove, a service we began using before this partnership, to share more about the products we trust to bring into our home. one reason we love using Grove is their service has been incredibly helpful in discovering products and learning what is in them, since they are selective about what’s on their site, make it easier to see ingredients and telling why they like each product. i’ve also grown weary of subscription services the last year or two, as they can be difficult to use, nearly impossible to cancel, and send stuff we don’t need. but we’ve found Grove to be the opposite of these in many ways, helpfully suggesting tailored shipping schedules for each product that you can change with a couple clicks (i need this every 2 weeks, this one every 5, etc!) and by making it easy to cancel subscriptions for individual products (click the ‘x’), do returns, and even cancel a membership (something some companies seem to make a secret!).
warm sheets! anything better?! maybe just the sound of a washing machine or dryer running in a quiet city apartment. can’t get enough of that sound now and one of these days i’m gonna learn how to properly fold a fitted sheet to show my affection for both machines!
eleanor made this little tag for our laundry basket! she’s very much into organizing and filing right now. it’s so sweet to see random little notes or descriptions taped to things around the apartment by her.
this is my “i conquered the laundry today!” pose. :) and for choosing a laundry detergent, we chose Method free+clear, because it is free of dyes and fragrances, which has been on my mind lately as we prep for the babies. also a plus for the environment which you all know scores major points with josh!
it’s funny, a while ago we found samson trying his best to wash his favorite pants that were dirty. but we had a huge container of liquid detergent and let’s just say it was a little bit scary to find him in the middle of pouring some detergent into the washing machine. now that we have these little laundry detergent packs, it’s mess free for all of us and the kids can help and get to feel more independent and grown up while doing so. (they actually go right inside the washer instead of in the little soap drawer.)
one of the things we discovered is this set of natural wool dryer balls that Grove makes. they help soften and get out wrinkles out of clothes, but without any chemicals and without having to spend money on new dryer sheets or fabric softeners. plus, they’re hypoallergenic for the babies’ clothes.
i’d love to hear more about your laundry routines in your own home and also how you choose which products to bring into your home that you find safe and effective for your little ones. also! as a reader you get a special FREE gift with your first purchase of $20 or more from Grove when you use my link HERE. you will get a set of the wool dryer balls and the Method laundry detergent packs for free in your first order! if you order your favorite essential oil from Grove, you can naturally scent your clothes by adding a few drops on the wool dryer balls. hope you like it!
and thank you to Grove for sponsoring this blog post.