Learning to do your laundry is one of those life management skills that all youngins must learn in order to live independently. I learned from my parents and my kids have learned from me. I always trusted what my parents taught me. But, we live in a different world now and we may need to update some of the things we learned.
Most importantly…..what is our laundry detergent made of?
I have always trusted that the popular brands of laundry detergents were safe. My kids always had sensitive skin, so instead of questioning my detergent, I would just purchase the free from dyes type. Unfortunately, that is not enough and I have learned that recently.
Go look up your fave laundry soap on the Environmental Working Group and see what rating it gets…. http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners (I know you are curious) I was actually surprised. I really thought my choice would’ve gotten a better score. I knew it wouldn’t be perfect, but it actually got an F. In fact, most of the popular brands get an F, even a popular (and expensive) brand specifically for babies. Yikes.
Our skin is our largest organ and it absorbs the good and the bad that we put on it including cosmetics, lotions and laundry. I know that absorption rates are different depending on what ingredients are used, but why take any chances. Some of the chemicals found in common household laundry detergents can cause issues with development, reproduction, respiration and allergies. That’s scary stuff! Not to mention the environmental impact as well….
So, here I am, looking up recipes again and I found a lovely one from The Hippy Home that uses only Castile Liquid Soap, Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda, Arm & Hammer Baking Soda and essential oils. Not only was it super easy to mix, but it smells lovely too (because I used Passion Fruit and Honey dew Melon oils). Here is the recipe:
All 3 ingredients received an A rating on EWG cleaning products rankings list. You’re welcome!
Now, you may think this seems like a huge hassle, but I can honestly say it took no time at all to mix this and I am super excited to try it.
If anything, I feel safer with what I am exposing myself and my children to in our own home.