We know—you’re pretty attached to your laundry products. A lot of us stick to the same detergents and dryer sheets that our families used when we were kids, so it can be hard to break up with your laundry routine. But as we’re learning more and more about how health and beauty products, and other items we use daily, contain chemicals that we absorb into our skin and inhale, you’ll want to consider going all-natural with your laundry with a few new products.
Eco-Me Laundry Detergent
Eco-Me is entirely free from phosphates, chlorine, formaldehyde, synthetic fragrances, sulfates, dyes, and parabens, all of which can appear as potentially harmful ingredients in traditional laundry detergents. Eco-Clean is a plant-based formula made with essential oils. It’s also vegan and cruelty-free, making the brand an excellent choice for vegans and anyone aiming to avoid products tested on animals.
White distilled vinegar to replace fabric softener
We know what you’re thinking: vinegar smells bad, why would you add it to your laundry? But distilled white vinegar will neutralize odors rather than causing an unwanted scent in your laundry. Try adding half a cup to the rinse water of your laundry cycle.
Bleach is an incredibly harsh chemical, but we add it to our laundry to remove stains from white clothes without hesitation. The next time you’re reaching for bleach, consider adding half a cup of baking soda to your laundry detergent or, if it’s a sunny day, hanging white clothes to dry out in the sun. Both options will help whiten your clothes.
Ditching dryer sheets
Instead of dryer sheets, opt for wool dryer balls. You can find them at your local grocery store, and they don’t contain the chemicals found in traditional, one-use dryer sheets. If you’re feeling crafty, you can try to make your own wool dryer ball at home or make your own dryer sheet at home. For your own dryer sheets, all you’ll need is cloth, vinegar, and essential oils. Just mix the vinegar and essential oils and let the cloth soak up the mixture.
Natural Stain Remover
Instead of the stain stick you have at home, try opting for a more natural formula. Better Life, for example, does not have dyes, synthetic fragrances, sulfates, or petroleum solvents. It’s also packaged with solar energy, made of recyclable materials, biodegrades much faster (2–5 times faster, to be exact) than competitors, and is never tested on animals. This is a stain removal tool you can feel good about using as often as you’d like.
Having safe, healthy laundry should be a priority. After all, you’re wearing your clothes every day. Your skin comes in direct contact with all of these laundry products, so it’s worth it to know that the products that you’re exposing your body to are natural and won’t harm you in the long-run.
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