I know this isn’t the most exciting topic ever, but it needs to be on your radar!
Seriously, who wants to do laundry?
I know not me, but with 3 kids, if I don’t do at least 1 load per day, it’s crazytown.
Here’s the thing about laundry and the typical products you might be using… The everyday detergents that we grab off the shelves at Target or Costco can actually be pretty dangerous for our health. Some of the common ingredients used can disrupt our hormones, lead to allergy or respiratory problems, and even be carcinogens.
Here’s why… the detergents on our clothes can actually rub off on our skin, and they can be problematic when we breathe them in. If you want to learn more, I highly suggest checking out the Environmental Working Group’s website. You can search by product and see what grade its given and why. You can also find lists of recommended products.
I don’t think you need to overcomplicate this or panic, but with such simple changes, I think it’s a no-brainer to baby-step into healthier choices.
Here are 3 super simple changes you can make to your laundry routine:
- Detergent – When I had my babies almost 10 years, like any good mom, I used Dreft. It was marketed as the safest option for babies, so of course that’s what I used! Check out Dreft on the EWG site. It gets an F. Oops. Marketing can be tricky. Tide Free gets a D! You would think Tide Free would be good, no? The good news is there are lots of better alternatives. Check out the recommendations on the EWG website. I personally like are doTERRA’s OnGuard detergent because it’s easy for me to add to my essential oils order, and I know I can trust it.
- Fabric Softener – I just say no. I’m sure there are decent products out there, but I don’t see a need! I use plain ol’ white vinegar with a couple drops of Melaleuca. I add that right to the fabric softener compartment in my washing machine. It works really well to freshen the clothes and towels (and your laundry will NOT smell like vinegar, don’t worry!).
- Dryer Sheets – Again, I just say no. I know there are decent ones out there without petroleum, but it’s easy enough for me to use dryer balls instead! You can add a couple drops of your essential oil of choice to the dryer balls before each load, and it will make your laundry smell amazing. I typically use Purify Cleansing Blend or Lavender. To be honest, dryer balls do not work as well as dryer sheets to remove static, but I’ve gotten used to it. Not a big deal for me.
If you’d rather watch these tips than read them, here’s a video for you!
I want to reiterate that you don’t need to get all bent out of shape about changing over every product you use, but you don’t want to be in the dark either. It’s important to have this stuff on your radar so you can start making baby step changes. Just do what you can.
If you have favorite healthy laundry tips, I’d love to hear them in the comments below!