It’s a fact of life and one that’s not completely safe or even good for our bodies. Mother Earth Living offers a succinct and alarming chart that outlines a few of the chemicals that are present in laundry products from commercial sources. Some are known carcinogens that we bathe our clothing in, and then put onto our skin. And our skin absorbs many of these.
Even if it doesn’t seem like very much, each little change we make empowers us to take charge over our environments and live a bit more healthfully and safely each decision we make.
My personal choice is to keep things simple, and to keep things as least expensive as possible while avoiding toxins. For my HE washer, the washing mixture consists of:
- 2 Tablespoons of Dr Bronner’s Organic and Biodegradable Sal Suds, and
- 1/4 Cup (which is 3 Tablespoons) of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
For the rinse cycle, I put in 1/4 to 1/2 cup of regular kitchen white vinegar, which I buy by the gallon. Even when I hang clothing to dry, this makes sure they’re as soft as possible, and this seems to keep the fabrics from pilling, too.
And, if I choose to machine dry I also don’t use dryer sheets – some of the worst offenders, chemically speaking. Instead, I use any cotton cloth (like an old wash cloth) and put 2 drops of lavender oil on it and toss it in. I have never had any discoloration with this, but can’t guarantee your experience, of course.
There are many other recipes online for making your own detergents, soaps, and dryer products – and I heartily urge each reader to find what works best for them. If cost is no problem, search out organics products like Charlie’s Laundry Soap.
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Lizzie Bennett is a Registered Nurse and Ordained Minister of some years. She is a thought and cognitive therapist and owns Three Moons Medicine™ as her private counseling and coaching practice, a blog, educational forum, Facebook page, and outreach to support others on their journey.