We often don’t think about the added toxic chemicals and substances that lurk in our laundry room. If clothing and linens smell like that overpowering scent of detergent when they comes out of the dryer, we consider them “clean” and give very little thought to what they may be doing to our bodies. The truth is that in our stain removal products, laundry detergent, fabric softeners, and dryer sheets we are overloading our bodies with fragrances and toxic substances that can impact the nervous system, endocrine system, and can irritate eyes, lungs and skin. It may be time to detox your laundry routine.
If you have skin issues like sensitive skin or eczema, asthma problems, or small children, you will definitely want to consider taking a second look at the products you use in your home. Even if you don’t fall into one of those categories, in my opinion, it’s just smarter to use as few of artificial fragrances and potentially toxic and carcinogenic ingredients as possible.
We made the switch years ago and have not been sorry in the least. If anything it has simplified my laundry routine, and now I can barely stand the scented laundry detergent because it smells so overpowering to me.
Detox your laundry routine
Ditch: Stain sticks, stain sprays, stain pens
Homemade option: I’ve had very good luck with a natural dish detergent, baking soda, and peroxide. See my post on how to remove grease stains.
Store bought option: Oxygen based stain remover is great for stains.
Ditch: store bought detergents with dyes and fragrances
Homemade option: When I used to make my own, this is the homemade detergent recipe I used.
Store bought option: Currently I use Seventh Generation
Ditch: liquid scented fabric softeners
Homemade option: white vinegar in the fabric softener container in the wash. Here are instructions.
Ditch: Bleach, brightening detergents
Homemade option: peroxide on whites, drying in the sun
Store bought option: Pure Oxygen Boost like this or another oxygen based product. Soak your clothing in this solution or add it to your wash for a whitening boost.
Ditch: Dryer sheets. These are among the worst offenders when it comes to toxins in your laundry.