I have a confession to make. I hate doing laundry. My husband 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. But that’s not feasible and so I do my best to contribute in the only way I know how. No, it’s not folding the clothes because let’s be honest that has to be the worst part. I contribute by ensuring my tribe has the cleanest clothes on the block. Not just clean from dirt but from harsh chemicals as well.
Before switching to green products I was obsessed with Tide. I never washed my clothes in any other detergent. 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. 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 The Honest Company – Effective Hypoallergenic Laundry Detergent – 70 oz and their 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. I still recommend their product but I have found a detergent that gives me more bang for my buck and it smells AMAZING! 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. 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.
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. Lets talk money for a moment. When we used 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. I purchased this bottle in January and I just ran out of detergent now in June. That’s six months guys! On average we do four-five loads each week. That means we got 120 loads out of this bottle. It breaks down to $2.50 a month for healthy clean detergent. 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 money saving switch for us. I saved around $25 by purchasing the clean green brand. That’s not even counting the future medical bills I am saving on by using a plant based product.
I was so stoked when I found the Ecos Laundry Detergent, Lavender, 100-Ounce Bottle (Pack of 2) on amazon for $19.99. This is for not just one bottle but TWO! You save $10 by buying two. I am sure the Lavender smells A-MAZING (because anything with lavender is great)
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