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Have you ever had an idea, lurking in the back of your mind, that all of a sudden becomes something completely unavoidable? Then over a series of days, you keep finding input from different places about this very same idea?
I came across an interesting article from Organic Authority the other day that backed up an opinion I already had about laundry detergent.
My ex-husband had very sensitive skin. We tried detergent after detergent, even the ones designed for sensitive skin. No matter what, he would break out across his chest and back in a painful and annoying rash.
Then, just tonight, I was watching a Red Sox game with the Mr. when the commentators mentioned how one of the Rays pitchers had recently been suffering from an allergy — painful rashes and blurry vision — which they’d narrowed down to his laundry detergent! Unbelievable!
Take a look at the list of the 10 Worst Laundry Detergents according to the use of preservatives harmful chemicals, known carcinogens by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). Things like formaldehyde (a known carcinogen), chemicals that are toxic to waterlife (which is vitally important, if our waste water feeds to a bay or lake), methanol, sodium borate (which has developmental, reproductive and endocrine effects), and ethanolamine (which can cause respiratory reactions).
What do I do about it? I make my own!! I found this very simple powdered recipe years ago and have used it ever since:
4 cups Borax
4 cups washing soda (usually Arm and Hammer)
1 bar dove soap, grated
- Optional: baking soda
The amount above usually lasts us a month or two. I’ve never had any issues with smells, or cleanliness, and you can add more soap or use none at all, depending on your taste! It really is very simple. I use 1/4-1/2 cup per wash load, and use it in a High Efficiency machine without issue!
What do you use with your laundry? Do you buy it, or make it yourself?