You may love the smell of your favorite laundry detergent, or how your fabric softeners make your clothes feel on your skin, but it’s not worth the side effects.
Known side effects of conventional laundry detergents and fabric softeners include skin irritation, allergies, rashes, and headaches. Less often people can experience much worse side effects like brain toxicity, liver disease, respiratory failure, immune malfunction, hormone disruption, and cancer.
We have to be our own advocates and know the ingredients we are using in our detergents and fabric softeners. Most conventional products include chemical ingredients like parabens that are known endocrine disruptors, can cause developmental and reproductive issues, and other ingredients that can even cause cancer. Some of these include 1, 4-Dioxane, nonylphenol ethoxylates (Nonylphenol ethoxylates were banned in Canada since 1999 and by the EU), artificial colors, sulfates, propylene glycol, among others. Our government agencies have released studies that list some of these chemicals as probable human carcinogens, yet we continue to allow these products into our homes. Even the cleaner products out there have synthetic fragrances, which are a combination of undisclosed chemicals. These chemicals can be extremely toxic to our everyday wellness and have worse effects after being built up in our bodies overtime.
When your clothes are washed with these chemicals, they’re also absorbed into the skin, then into your bloodstream and all of your body systems. Clearly you cannot stop cleaning your clothes, but you can make a healthier choice.
This homemade recipe consists of only 4 Ingredients: Borax, Super Washing Soda, Castile Soap, and Essential Oils.
This recipe comes out to be about 13-27 cents per load or less if you use coupons or purchase in bulk. That is the same or less than using conventional products that are 95% water and filled with disclosed an undisclosed toxic chemicals. Continue reading “Laundry Soap: Stop Washing With Toxic Chemicals”