It always seemed a little suspect that I could barely handle the smell of the laundry detergent aisle.
Wasn’t it odd that something made to smell great made me nauseous?
I guess because of this, I wasn’t too surprised to find how dangerous they are.
The worst part?
Some of the most common brands that scored an “F” on the ewg.org scale are made for babies.
Brand new respiratory systems, hearts, brains all developing while snuggled in toxins.
The cherry on top? They charge an unsightly amount for 90 loads, call it “Free and Clear” and even concentrate it to give it to us in tiny little bottles.(You’ll find Fabric Softener does the same thing).
Like me, you’ll probably find your detergent doesn’t fit into your healthy lifestyle, either. Check it out:
The word “baby” is right in it! Fragrance Free? White bottle? Well played, Babyganics.
^^^^^^Dreft!? The detergent we’re supposed to wash all our newborn clothes in before the baby arrives to avoid allergic reactions to the detergents that also scored an “F”…what??
In addition to the frustration of toxins in the detergent I used for my family, I found that how much we were spending on it seemed a little ridiculous.
I decided to make a change. And it drastically cut our budget.
While we do have more non-toxic options than fabric softener, the biggest part that annoys me is the cost.
Those commonly found in stores rated an “A” by ewg.com:
Seventh Generation Natural Laundry Detergent Packs are $25 for 90 loads.
The Honest Company Laundry Pods, 4-in-1 – Unscented are $20 for 50 loads
Those rated a “B” :
I decided once and for all that this could go on no further.
Not only will I not allow those types of toxins into my family’s clothing to wear all day, sweat in, and breath in, but I will not pay crazy prices to do so.
If you’ve got ten minutes (yes, it literally takes only ten minutes…or less!), you can have chemical-free laundry detergent that works great and leaves your clothes feeling good, too.
You’ll need the following:
2 gallons of hot water (not boiling, just hot from the tap)
1/2 C Super Washing Soda
20 drops Essential Oils (lavender is our favorite)
1.) Add 1/2 C Super Washing Soda to your 2 Gallon Bucket. Pour in enough of the hot water to be able to dissolve and stir.
2.) Pour in 1/2 C baking soda and stir to dissolve
3.) Fill bucket with the rest of the hot water. You must do this before step 4 or your mixture will be super bubbly.
4.) Add in 3/4 C castile soap and stir gently
5.) Add 20 drops of essential oils, and after stirring, pour carefully into your 2.5 gallon jar.
Add 1/3 of a cup to each load. If you see some of it settling over time, that’s okay! Just stir before use. It will break up in the wash. We have used this successfully in both a regular washer as well as an HE.
At a fraction of the cost, this is a quick and easy way to not only save on the budget, but also save your family from breathing in toxins. (Find the companion Fabric Softener here)
It’s a good feeling to know this is one more way I can love my family and take care of their health. After facing childhood cancer in our home, we know the reality of how sick the toxins lurking in the grocery aisles are making our world.
We find peace of mind in this simple switch. It’s a little different. It’s a lot less overpowering in smell, but those changes are so unbelievably worth the health of our family.