If you’re anything like us, you take great care in keeping your household as toxin free as possible. Foods, skin care and personal products are carefully screened, and you spend extra time in the shopping aisles reading ingredient lists to be sure a product is safe for you and your family.
But have you considered the ingredients in your laundry products? You may not even think about it, but the toxic chemicals in your laundry powder that’s meant to keep you clean and healthy, can often be deadly.
Here’s a list of our top 10 harmful laundry product ingredients, and how to avoid them. Plus scroll down for a simple recipe for making your own!
|Name:||Found In:||Can Cause:|
|Artificial fragrances||Laundry detergent, dryer sheets & fabric softener||Skin and eye irritation, suspected carcinogens|
|Benzaldehyde||Laundry bleach & perfumes||Have shown reproductive and developmental problems in animal tests|
|Chlorine||Laundry bleach||Irritated eyes, upper respiratory tract and lungs|
|Diethanolamine||Detergent||Skin and eye irritation, is linked to liver and kidney diseases and developmental and reproductive toxicity in animal studies|
|Ethyl acetate||Fabric softener||Irritation and is a neurotoxin|
|Ethylenediamenetetraacetic acid||Fabric softener||Reproductive and developmental effects in animal studies|
|Nonylphenol ethoxylate||Laundry detergent and dry cleaning aids||Hormone disruptor|
|Perchlorethylene (Perc)||Chemical used in dry cleaning||Liver and kidney diseases, irritation & suspected carcinogen|
|Quaternium-15||Detergent||Releases formaldehyde, a known carcinogen that causes
rashes and skin inflammation
|2-Butoxyethanol||Dry cleaning chemical and stain removers||Reproductive and developmental effects in animal studies, carcinogen, birth defects|
|ER, KSN, OB, OB-1||Optical brighteners||Developmental and reproductive effects|
But the good news is these deadly chemicals are easy to avoid! Natural laundry powders are available now more than ever. Or why not make your own? Below is our recipe for a laundry powder concentrate. Why not give it a try, and let us know how you go in the comments!
- 1 cup soda ash
- 1 cup baking soda
- 2 ounces liquid castile soap
- 1 teaspoon of water
- a few drops of your chosen essential oil
- Put the soda ash and baking soda in a food processor to combine.
- Mix the castile soap and water together in a separate bowl and pour slowly into the powders with the processor is still running. You should get a white powder.
- Add the essential oil and continue to process until mixed.
You can keep the powder in an airtight container. Use approximately 1Tbs per load of laundry, and double the amount if it’s a heavy load. Suitable for top and front loaders.