I love laundry.
Laundry & I are enemies. Seth does most of the laundry in our home. I will do the occasional load but if it were up to me (and if I were a millionaire), we would just buy new clothes. Ok, don’t get all mama crazy on me. I contribute to laundry in probably the most beneficial way. (and it’s not folding because let’s be honest, that’s the most terrible part of laundry)
Before switching to green products I was obsessed with Tide. I never washed my clothes in any other detergent.
*I will say that my grandmother uses the Gain Lavender and HOLY SMOKES, that stuff smells lovely. But once again, full of yucky chemicals.*
Tide is a well known household detergent and just one of the many detergents that contain 1,4-dioxane.
One  dioxane is a petrochemical solvent found in paints, varnishes and even some cosmetics. It is a chemical that is linked to cancer. The EPA considers 1,4 dioxane to be a human carcinogen. Their website states “1,4 Dioxane is used as a solvent. Acute (Short Term) inhalation exposure to high levels of 1,4 dioxane has caused vertigo, drowsiness, headache, anorexia and irritation of the eyes, nose throat and lungs in humans.”
Maybe you aren’t walking around sniffing the bottle but remember you and your family are walking around with that chemical on your clothes and sleeping with it at night on your sheets.
Our skin is our body’s largest organ. Everything is absorbed by the skin. Making our detergent one of the first things to come in contact with the skin. When you sweat, your body is taking in these chemicals. Your underarms and groin area sweat more than any other area on your body. They also take in 100% of what is applied to the area.
*Also, remember that those chemicals are placed in water that goes to your local water authority and then is turned into drinking water. Their process of elimination CAN NOT filter out everything. Meaning on top of the pharmaceutical drugs and birth control making it to your drinking water, you now have a carcinogen making its home in your body. I will have a post later this week about why my family switched over to a water filter*
Because of time (and down right disgust) I didn’t list all of the harmful chemicals in Tide but please look them up and do your research on their effect to your body. Also, please don’t believe the company when they say that they are in such “small amounts” that they can’t do harm. You are doing laundry at least once a week. Thats 52 times a year that you do laundry on just your clothes. Not to mention the other things you wash like towels and sheets. You are in constant exposure to these chemicals.
Now to the fun part….
I kissed Tide good-bye and said hello to
Plant based detergent.
I started off with using Honest detergent and their dryer sheets. I still recommend their product but at this point I have found a detergent that gives me more bang for my buck and it smells AMAZING!!
You can find Honest brand at both Target and Buy Buy Baby. Target currently has the 70 fl oz for $12.99 and that gives you 70 loads. Honest also sells dryer sheets. These dryer sheets are amazing because they are wet and can be used TWICE! So even though there is only 32 per pack, you get 64 loads out of the package and you can get those for $6.99. These dryer sheets are definitely on the higher side. This leads me to my next special find.
This is my latest find and I am beyond thrilled to share it with you.This detergent is completely plant based and comes in three different scents. This time around, I chose the lemongrass. It is hypoallergenic which is great for my family who suffers from extremely sensitive skin. Ecos can be used on any and every machine. The best part of this product is that it has a built in fabric softener. Which means that even though its two dollars more than the honest brand, I am saving because I don’t have to buy the dryer sheets.
As I mentioned my family suffers from very sensitive skin. My husband and son tend to break out in various rashes from time to time. Using a clean product has been huge for us.
Lets talk money for a moment. When we used to use Tide, I would pay $11.97 for 100 fl oz bottle that would only give me 64 loads. On top of Tide, I would also purchase Fabric Softener ($9.00 for a 102 fl oz) Which means I would spending on average $20. Plus, I was paying for rash creams because of the rashes that my hubby and little one get. All of that adds up.
With my Ecos clean product, I pay $14.99 for a 100 fl oz bottle that gives me 90 or more loads. Because of the built in softener, I don’t have to purchase an additional product. My family is also not breathing in cancer causing chemicals. This was a major switch for us. I saved around $5 by purchasing the clean green brand. Thats not even counting the future medical bills I am saving on by using a plant based product.
*YOU CAN NOW GET (2)…YES TWO 100oz BOTTLES…of the ECOS detergent for $19.98 and free two day shipping if you have prime.* CLICK THE LINK BELOW
I have not looked at Target for the Ecos brand, but I do know you can purchase this brand and scent at the Co-Op on Rio Grande.
That’s it for this part 1 post in the series “Go Green & Save Money.” I would love to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to comment below.
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Happy Green Journey.