Laundry Yes, Laundry
Updated: Feb 15, 2019
I know, I know. If you have read much of my blog, you will know that my grandparents lived on a farm. Farm life can create a mound of dirty laundry, (I don't mean clothing that has been worn), but clothes that are actually dirty. My grandmother didn't use store bought detergent.
She made a concoction of Borax, baking soda and Fels-naptha soap, she was always able to get their clothes clean and fresh smelling. For the past few years I had switched to chemical free products in my home but never totally transitioned.
Cancer strikes: My daughter is a breast cancer survivor (and an oncology nurse) then the recent death of my brother-in-law
Brought home the need to really clean up my home environment.
Some skin allergies can be attributed to harsh laundry detergents.
During WWII, the fats and oils that were used to make soap became scarce.
So another chemical source for cleaning agents had to be found. That's when petroleum entered the scene and scientists discovered that they could make thousands of new chemicals from petroleum, including what they called detergents.
Skin is Our Largest Organ
It absorbs whatever we put on it.
If the products you use contain harmful ingredients or harsh chemicals those ingredients make their way into your body, your blood and lymphatic system. The majority of mainstream body care products, house cleaners, laundry detergents and fabric softeners contain a cocktail of carcinogenic chemicals, allergens and irritants. Even when we rinse our clothes there are still chemicals left behind.
Then we add more to the mix when we use fabric softener or dryer sheets.
Manufactures are not required to list all the ingredients. These hidden ingredients many of which are toxic build up on our skin and throughout the body, they have the ability to cause serious health problems, I personally have clients that have suffered from memory loss, asthma, allergies and not the least of which is cancer, from a body that was overwhelmed by toxins.
Detergent vs Soap
Simply put detergent uses petrochemicals which are known to be carcinogenic. Laundry soap is detergent free and clear of harmful chemicals. I have found that after using laundry soap to restore the absorption ability of my towels, dark colors no longer fade and stains that remained after several washes using detergent became a thing of the past.
I encourage you to seek out alternatives to laundry detergent.