A laundry detergent with more natural ingredients is a good option. In recent years there has been a large upsurge of natural detergents available on the market so finding one that works for you should not be hard. One such brand is Soap Nuts. Here are some tips to help you find the best natural solution for your laundry.
The object in doing your laundry is no doubt to get your clothes clean and smelling fresh. The supermarket aisles are filled with hundreds of products that claim to do the best job in helping you accomplish that. Not only are they supposed to clean your clothes they also claim to make your laundry smell like spring flowers, fresh picked berries, or even a refreshing rain.
It is ironic then that many conventional laundry detergents leave residues on your clothing. These residues are the byproducts of the numerous chemicals that these detergents contain and these chemical residues are anything but healthy for your laundry. They are not healthy for your family either.
Since you wear clothing most likely every day, all day, your cumulative exposure to these chemicals may cause some concern…and rightly so. So what can you do?
• Avoid detergents with optical brighteners. Optical brighteners intentionally leave a residue on the surface of your laundry. These brighteners stick to your clothing to reflect light and give the appearance of cleaner, brighter clothes. If you look at your detergent under a black light and it glows….it has optical brighteners. These chemical residues can cause skin irritations and allergic reactions.
• Avoid detergents with fabric softeners. These softeners leave a water-repelling residue on your laundry. This can be problematic for items such as towels or cloth diapers, making them less absorbent and useful in the very purpose that they serve. If you need extra help softening your laundry try using a natural fabric softener or some dryer balls.
• Skip the synthetic fragrances and opt for a detergent that utilizes natural fragrances such as essential oils. You can even do it yourself and add a 2-3 drops of lavender or tea tree oil to the wash.
• Considering using a soap based cleaner like Dr. Bronner’s castille soap instead of a detergent. Detergents are made with petrochemical ingredients whereas soaps are made with natural oils and minerals.
• Many of the chemicals in dryer sheets designed to keep your clothes wrinkle and static free have been linked to cancer. Use a vinegar rinse while clothes are in the wash instead or make your own Lavender Sachets for use in the dryer.
• Instead of using harsh bleach on your clothes, soak clothes that need brightened in a solution of one part hydrogen peroxide to 8 parts cold water and then wash. You might also try a half cup of lemon juice and baking soda.
• Conventional stain removers are too harsh, use a baking soda paste to scrub and pre-treat stains.