I've been slowly transitioning away from using harsh chemical cleaners and scents and adapting to use more natural products in my routine.
One major reason is safety: I love the idea of not having to worry about the pets (or us) ingesting chemicals by eating something off the floor or the counters that were recently cleaned, or harmful toxins seeping into our skin from our clothes.
We don't eat organic and you'll definitely find bleach in my laundry room. But, white vinegar cleans glass even better than that blue-colored glass cleaner; why not make the switch? It's cost efficient too!
I've been interested in natural laundry detergents for a while. Occasionally, I'd buy a new laundry detergent at the store and end up with hives and a small allergic reaction- clearly there was something in that soap my body wasn't liking. I looked at the list of ingredients and found these detergents filled with unnecessary chemicals like sulfates, synthetic fragrances, phenols and more. Even worse, company "trade secrets" allow brands to hide or not disclose their ingredients like petroleum distillates, which can be linked to cancer or lung disease. A 2008 study found that out of all the top selling laundry detergent brands tested, each contained at least one ingredient considered hazardous under US federal law.
I started looking to make the switch, but all of the natural soaps offered in stores were expensive! I started to notice how much cheaper it costs to make your own detergent; pennies compared to buying the name brands.
I found lots of tutorials explaining how easy, fast, and simple it was to make detergent at home- but when I looked at the recipes, I was completely uninterested: I have no interest in messing around with lye. Although it's completely necessary for soap making, it's also very strong and can your burn skin! I began researching where to purchase homemade laundry detergents from someone more qualified, and that's when I stumbled upon Shaded Lily Home Arts from Elm City, North Carolina.
I ordered this laundry soap for myself and was in love with how well it worked! The cleanliness of the clothes cannot be beat. I'll be honest, initially I missed that overpoweringly fake "clean" scent. It takes a little while for the nose to adjust to the natural fragrances- they just aren't as powerful as the synthetic ones, but once I did I've noticed how truly clean and fresh my clothes feel with a light, natural scent of lavender. Perfect. I've actually noticed that I'm now less attracted to conventional laundry scents and the smells are overpowering.
When I decided to stock these soaps in our store, I also read that they donate 40% of the profits are donated to Global Child Rescue to end the kidnapping and mistreatment of children at the hands of perverse men. How amazing is that?! Definitely a small business I can stand behind.
I paired these laundry soaps and stain cleaners with my 100% wool dryer balls to bring you a complete laundry bundle! Everything you need to get started with natural laundry. Although the upfront cost may seem high compared to buying a typical detergent in the store, when you do the math, you're paying pennies for the loads of laundry and the detergent will last a long time. Definitely worth your investment- for your health and your wallet!
A Guide from Gimmie the Good Stuff is a great resource for reading more about the issues with conventional detergents and reasons to make the switch.
Also; one of my favorite blogs Lynzy & Co. just posted this article about natural products, it's worth a read!