The Clean Laundry Room

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…. (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:

  • Grab a 2 gallon bucket and a large spoon.
  • Measure and add 1/2 cup of Super Washing Soda to the bucket….add enough hot water to cover, STIR & DISSOLVE
  • Measure and add 1/2 cup Baking Soda – STIR & DISSOLVE
  • Fill up the bucket to within 1/2 an inch from the top with HOT WATER
  • Measure and add 3/4 cup of Castile Liquid Soap – STIR & DISSOLVE
  • Add oils! 30 drops total
  • VOILA! Now add the detergent to gallon jars for storage and use a 1/3 cup for a load of laundry (may need to mix again before use)

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.

2 Comments on “The Clean Laundry Room

  1. When I was preggo I did a lot of research and realized that Dreft was junk even though many still recommended it. I only ever used 7t Generation (A grade) and Now I use both 7th Gen and Rocking Green (which is like making your own powder as it works better in my machine than liquid). for Soap for V i only use this fair trade combo soap that’s all natural. It’s not cheap but it’s good for the environment and it’s good for her skin as there are no toxins. Now let’s get talking about sunscreen, if it’s destroying the coral reefs imagine what that stuff has done to people? It’s needed and i have a friend who makes hers but there are great brands out there we use that again are safer while still being protective which you know is important to me with all the skin cancer. YEAH on your laundry girl. I feel like my clothes just smell clean instead of like chemicals.

    • It is amazing how much of a world of research opens up when you realize one thing can be harmful – from laundry to sunscreen to cosmetics, to supplements to cleaners to foods….it’s endless. I wish I knew more about this when my kids were younger. But, all I can do now is make up for lost time. I am so happy that you have done your research too!

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