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I used to choose my laundry detergent based on 2 factors. The first being price. And the second, smell. I would literally open every single container on the shelf and give them a good sniff. I LOVED when you could smell the detergent lingering on the clothes. My favourite was always the big green bottle with the orange logo ? and for years I thought it was the best laundry detergent. I loved the overbearing fragrance that now gives me an instant headache! It’s crazy how quickly our bodies can change. But I didn’t really care at the time. I didn’t understand phthalates and endocrine disrupters and what these ingredients were doing to my body.
So we started diving more into low-tox living. I wanted to start washing their clothes and cloth diapers in ‘better’ detergent. So I did my research. And that’s when it hit me. I started learning about the dangers of fragrance. And all the other ingredients in conventional detergents. I read about dermatitis and skin irritations and how these ingredients can cause skin flare-ups along with a whole host of other health issues.
So if you’re in the same boat and just starting to read labels… or maybe you want to start choosing better products for your home, here’s a list of some of the common chemicals to avoid in laundry detergent.
Obviously I want the best for my kids and I want the home to be a safe space. So I ditched the old green bottle and switched to a better option.
Now you guys will hear me say time and time again that you ALWAYS have options. I’ve tried no less than a dozen different detergents and I like them all for different reasons. Don’t let anyone convince you that there is one solution for anything. So I’ve tried to narrow it down to my top 5 safer swaps for you!
2 // Humble Suds – checkout their website
3 // Young Living Thieves – purchase here
4 // Meliora – buy on amazon
And if you’re looking for more safer options for the home, be sure to check out our family’s master iHerb shopping list here!
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