Laundry isn’t my favorite topic, but as a Mom in a family of five, it is an everyday reality. For years, I didn’t give much thought to what I used to do laundry and how they impacted my families health. I can remember in my early 20’s measuring my finances by whether I’d had money to buy fabric softer or not.
These days, I wouldn’t dream of putting the toxin-heavy fabric softener in my families clothes. The reality is that most all conventional laundry product place your loved ones in direct contact with harmful chemicals. And make no mistake, these chemicals can impact your families health. Environmental toxins are believed to contribute to auto-immune disorders, allergies, skin sensitivities and dermatitis to name a few.
A 2009 study published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine detected an increased risk of allergies, itchy nose, wheezing and sneezing in workers who were responsible for both producing and handling laundry detergent.
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If that doesn’t convince you to take the time to make your own laundry detergent, consider this: Over 66% of all laundry detergents contain 1,4-dioxane. This substance is “likely to be carcinogenic to humans” by ALL routes of exposure. Often it does not rinse out of clothes, sheets, and towels. The EPA has also warned that contact can cause shortness of breath and burns as well as eye and skin irritations. Add to this sulfates, parabens, phenols, chlorine and petroleum distillates and it is clear that conventional laundry detergent isn’t what is best for your family.
Luckily is is safe, simple and inexpensive to make your own laundry detergent. Just say no to chemical soup!
Here are some of my favorite laundry product recipes: