If you want a healthy life, one of your biggest steps will be switching whatever you get in the store for toxin-free laundry products.
Laundry detergents have serious hormonal disruptors which pollute your homes air, outdoor air, and then hang in your closet seeping out into your breathing air while you sleep.
So, yeah…pretty serious.
While you are cleansing your home from synthetic fragrance, add these to your got-to-go list:
candles (yes, even soy and other “special” ones)
fake, store bought essential oils (yes, those are synthetic!)
Why is it so important to completely rid your home of synthetic smells?
Our homes are 3-5 times more toxic (AKA carcinogenic, hormone disrupting, respiratory debilitating, developmentally harmful, environmentally harmful) than the outdoor pollution because of toxins in our homes. Synthetic fragrance is a HUGE contributor!
Option 1: Simple and Awesome DIY Recipe!
You’ll want to bookmark this amazing DIY detergent recipe that has been our family’s go-to for a while now.
There’s a serious misconception that fragrance is somehow natural when it’s labeled as something we commonly use (i.e. grapefruit, lavender, eucalyptus).
The truth is that unless it discloses that Young Living is supplying its oils to create a fragrance, you’re getting synthetic fragrance, which means you’re messing with your body’s hormones, increasing your cancer risk, etc.
Real Life Use
As a mom running every which way, I must say I really don’t mind the five minutes it takes to make the DIY detergent.
The links in the recipe lead to buying in bulk, which means I have all the ingredients I need to make this about once a month for a little over $3 per month, saving me lots without much trouble.
One of the worst offenders when it comes to our home’s air quality is fabric softener and dryer sheets.
They release fragrance that sticks to your clothes and whose chemicals enter into your blood stream through your largest organ-your skin.
Some reports have even linked it to seizures in children.
Thankfully, there is a great answer so you can avoid static.
Pour 1/3 C then pour into your washing machine or detergent drawer.
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.
Wasn’t it odd that something in the store 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:
While we were busy making everything we have smell so fresh and so clean-clean we were actually covering them in some pretty sketchy chemicals. Chemicals that mess with your air quality and harm your family from the inside out.