Making Healthy Changes? Take a Look at….
If you are taking steps to reduce toxins in your home and body than one of the first things you should look at is your laundry detergent. Really, laundry detergent? Why…
Most store bought laundry detergent contains chemicals we don’t want to expose our family or ourselves to. And, if you think about when you are exposed to these chemicals that stay on your clothes after washing them you realize that you are exposed to these chemicals 24/7! Yup, unless you live in a nudist colony most people wear clothes throughout the day and then you slip in your bed in sheets that you washed in your laundry detergent… So yes 24/7.
You are also exposed to these chemicals while they are being washed and the whole time your clean clothes are hanging up in your closet, or in a pile on the floor ;)!
What are these chemicals I’m talking about?
Here are just 3 common chemicals that should cause some concern:
Fragrances is really a code word for “man made chemical that smells”. These chemicals are made from petroleum and are in the petrochemical family.
A study found the 30% of the population is affected by these man made smelly chemicals and they are a common cause for allergic reactions or skin rashes.
Many people report that after being exposed to these molecules it lead to hay fever symptoms, dizziness, difficulty concentrating, head aches, nausea, seizures and more.
Not to mention these molecules are linked to cancer and they are hormone disruptors, which means they mess with our hormones whether the smell make you dizzy or not!
You know how each detergent has their own smell? I’ve found many people who are attached to their brand’s aroma, “But it love the smell of ——, it is the smell of clean for me!” But this smell you are emotionally attached to is the molecule we are talking about here! If this is you, don’t worry, you are not the first person to feel this way about a detergents smell. Any you know what, once they realized that the smell was bad for them, they got over it and you can too!
Can you believe when you purchase something with “whiteners” you really are not making your clothes cleaner, these molecules are simply tricking your eyes to make your white clothes look cleaner!
These optical brighteners are molecules that are meant to stay on your clothes after washing. They absorb ultraviolet light and emit it back as visible blue light. The blue masks the yellowing that may be happening to your white clothes!
How about that! And these molecules often are the culprit of eye or skin irritation.
Sodium Laurel Sulphate is what makes the bubbles in our products that make it look like it is doing a good job cleaning.
There are 16 thousand studies on the toxicity of this chemical.
SLS is an estrogen mimicker, which is a hormone disruptor and messes with your hormones too! This molecule causes skin and eye irritation and is a possible carcinogenic – which means it may cause cancer!
I hope you see now why I am suggesting you take a look at your laundry detergent if you are making healthy steps and want to reduce toxic chemicals in your home and body.
Getting rid of those unnecessary unhealthy molecules is pretty easy, here are some options that we have tried with good success.
These things really are from a tree, and they looked like empty dried grapes and have a sharp vinegar-like smell. They work great!
Soap nuts are pretty inexpensive. When you purchase soap nuts they should come with 1 to 3 little bags that you’ll use for washing. You’ll put about 7 nuts in a little bag and that is what you’ll drop into the washing machine. That will keep any little nut pieces from getting lost in your clothes. The first time you use the soap nuts, you need to either soak the nuts in hot water until they are soft or just toss them in a hot load.
They will keep doing a good washing job for about 5-7 loads. You’ll know when it is time to change out your nuts when they get thin and the shell is only left in the bag. Toss the shell in the compost or trash.
Sometime I may add some vinegar and baking soda just for added washing power when dealing with an extra dirty load.
If you want to keep on buying your laundry detergent at the store, then check out where your favorite detergent stands with The Environmental Working Group. They will give you the low down on how toxic it is. And then you can find a healthier option.
Companies are smart and they do a good job at making the product labels look cleaner and greener then they really are. So don’t do what I did, just because it is from a “green” company doesn’t mean it is “green”.
A good example is 7th Generation. Their Natural Laundry Detergent Powder Free & Clear had an A rating by EWG, but their Baby Detergent was rated low by the EWG because it contains SLS.
Support Your Green Friends
You might have a friend who sells a very good laundry detergent in their at home business. I know a few companies that are focused on clean living and they have fantastic laundry detergent!
My favorite is Young Living Thieves laundry detergent. It is plant based, free of the icky chemicals we mentioned, is infused with a killer essential oil blend and is very concentrated (you can do 64 loads with one bottle). We use this with our massage sheets and we’ve never had a problem with oil stains. Good stuff!
Which One Will You Choose?
I hope this was a helpful healthy tip to support you on your unique path to health!
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