Hey lovely readers!
Today, we're diving into a topic that's both close to our hearts and our homes: laundry soap. With the ever-increasing awareness of the harmful chemicals present in many household products, many of us are searching for safer alternatives. Non-toxic laundry soaps not only benefit our health but also minimize environmental harm. Our simple laundry soap can be mixed with 1 gallon of distilled water. I boil mine in a tea kettle just to ensure the soap bar is fully dissolved. You can also break up the soap bar for a faster break down of the soap.
Why Go Non-Toxic?
Skin Health: Our skin is our largest organ. Regular laundry detergents often contain chemicals that can irritate sensitive skin or exacerbate conditions like eczema.
Environmental Impact: Phosphates, a common ingredient in detergents, can cause water pollution. They can lead to algal blooms that harm aquatic life.
Overall Health: Some conventional detergents may contain carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, and other harmful chemicals that can affect our long-term health.
Ingredients to Avoid:
Fragrance: A catch-all term that can refer to a mix of several chemicals. Some can cause allergies, asthma, and hormone disruption.
Phosphates: Harm aquatic life when they make their way into waterways.
Optical Brighteners: These can be allergenic and are not biodegradable. They make clothes appear brighter by reflecting more light.
Nonylphenol Ethoxylates (NPEs): Known endocrine disruptors which can be harmful in small amounts