Avoiding Toxins | Eco Tips


August 21, 2018

We all have to do our laundry, just like we have to do our taxes. Laundry is one of those inescapable facts of life and unfortunately most detergents are ridden with harmful chemicals. We use the detergent our mothers used and they did as theirs. The generational cycle continues and we rarely stop to question what we are actually putting on our skin and in our home. Sadly our loved ones get affected and we each have our own chemical cocktail running through our veins. We are in the time now where we need to break the cycle. Most of us grew up thinking laundry detergent is just laundry detergent. You choose the one you think smells the best, works the best, for the lowest price and away you go. Knowing what I know now, and having a child of my own, that is so far from the truth.

Here is a classic example of Tide:

  • Linked to Breast Cancer
  • A Known Carcinogen (aka Cancer causing)
  • Causes Skin Rashes and other Allergic Reactions
  • Has fillers that serve no purpose & make clothes heavy
  • Can cause Nausea and headaches

This is not meant to scare or shame anyone who has used Tide is their lives. This post is for those who are working to make their home as healthy as possible. Your laundry room should not be overlooked. Our skin is our largest organ and should not be absorbing this poison.

The GOOD news

Companies are beginning to wake up and safer alternatives are available. Whether non- toxic or DIY cleaning solutions, you can get your clothes clean in a safe way if you are aware. With this being said, don’t be fooled by claims that a product is “natural” when it isn’t. To be certain that your favorite laundry products are “clean,” go to EWG’s site to make sure they are as safe as possible.

Here are some of my favorite solutions:

Soap Nuts-

Soap nuts grow on trees and actually berries, so those with nut allergies have nothing to worry about. Soap “berries” have a coating of a natural substance called saponin that dissolves in water and works as detergent for your clothes. Note that whole berries don’t always work well in many high-efficiency washers.

Clean Laundry by Modere

As a cloth diapering mother, I always look for ways to make my household’s ecological footprint smaller. I also run a business from home and have a newborn, so staying on top of cloth diaper laundry can be challenging. I find myself reaching for this laundry powder regularly because they are so simple and I don’t have to think about it. They are safe and they work.  Grant’s diapers and our clothes are clean and fresh every time. They have no phthalates, zero toxic chemicals, no fillers, and totally biodegradable; plus their packaging is so cute I can even have it out on display.

For $10 off click HERE – they are incredibly affordable and are 1 cent/ load for first-time customers and less than 50 cents/ load for the repeat customers. They are worth a try for sure.

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