Almost every room in our homes has products that are filled with harmful toxins, and the laundry room is no exception.
Ingredients such as 2-Butoxyethanol found in many stain removers is a known carcinogen as well as causing birth defects and reproductive and developmental effects.
Petroleum distillates (also called naphthas) is a common ingredient in detergent and is a chemical linked to cancer and lung damage. Artificial fragrances found in detergent, fabric softener and dryer sheets have ingredients that are toxic and suspected carcinogens.
Are these really the kinds of products we want touching our skin??
Residue lingers on our clothes after being washed in toxic chemicals, which we then apply directly to our skin! This information is alarming, and the sad truth is not many people even consider what’s in their laundry detergent or fabric softeners when they use them.
Fortunately, there is a better way! There are products out there that don’t have these toxic chemicals. There are products that don’t have cancer causing agents or a disastrous effect on our environment.
We can easily swap out these harmful products for products that are safer for our families, and that actually work! All of the products that I mention in this post are products that I feel good about using in my home, that are safer for my family, and that actually work!
Along with ditching nasty chemicals, I’m going to show you the 7 steps I take to go green and save money in the laundry room!
Rid Your Laundry of Toxins
1. Choose your detergent
It’s not easy to find a detergent free of nasty chemicals, and it would be very time consuming to read the labels of all the detergents in the grocery store. That’s why I’m excited to talk about my Norwex detergent!
I have been using Norwex laundry detergent for about 6 months and I’m completely obsessed! Norwex is such a great company, I use so many of their products in my home and they have little to no chemicals.
I feel good using them in my home not having to worry about what my daughter comes in contact with (or puts in her mouth!), and I love knowing that they are ecofriendly and safe for the environment too!
For the sake of this post I won’t list all the great things about Norwex and the reasons why I love them, I’ll just give you their website and you can check them out if you like. You can also see other Norwex products I use and love here.
On top of all the other great things about Norwex laundry detergent, you use such a small amount that one small bag does 90 loads! You only use 20ml per load!
Imagine how much detergent is normally needed to wash a load of clothes, doesn’t that make you wonder what those other guys are putting in their products??
They use all kinds of fillers to bulk up their product so you need to use more of it to do the same job!
Norwex has all of what you need and none of what you don’t, and it’s good in high efficiency washers and to use in cold water, which brings me to my next point.
2. Wash in cold water
I always wash my laundry in cold water (except my daughter’s cloth diapers). First of all, it saves me money not having my hot water heater always going, and second it’s better for the environment if I’m not using that energy to heat the water, and third, why the heck not??
That’s what I think. Why waste the energy? (save it for a nice hot bath later!)
3. Cut the fabric softener
This may be a hard habit to break for some, I know it sure was for me. My husband and I love the smell of freshly washed clothes in our favorite fabric softener!
But it’s full of nasty chemicals that are completely unnecessary. Besides, keep reading and I’ll tell you how to get that amazing smell without any harmful chemicals at all!
4. Choose your stain remover
When I have a stain needing removed, I reach for my – you guessed it – Norwex stain remover! (can you tell I’m obsessed??) Norwex’s stain remover has far less chemicals than other brands, and is ecofriendly. Win-win!
I can honestly say that the stains I was getting out with Spray ‘n Wash (from Resolve) are equally easy to get out with Norwex. I would not recommend this if it didn’t truly work.
The only thing I will say about it is that I had to transfer it to a different container with a better spay nozzle, the one it came with was far too focused.
5. Hang your clothes
Hanging all your shirts and sweaters will end up saving a ton of drying time which equals power savings which equals money savings.
My husband installed a really cheap bar along the wall above our washer and dryer and that’s where we hang all our clothes. It’s nothing pretty but it does the trick!
Once you hang all you tank tops, shirts, cardigans, sweaters, (and even pants if you wanted to!) there isn’t much left to go in the dryer. For us it was the difference between a 45 minute drying time and a 15 minute drying time.
On top of energy savings, you’re also saving your skin from those nasty chemicals and artificial fragrances in dryer sheets. And for the laundry that does go in the dryer, don’t pull out the Bounce sheets, I have something better!
6. Replace your sheets with balls
Wool balls, that is. Yet again Norwex saves the day with an alternate to dryer sheets! Instead of my once beloved bounce sheets I use my Norwex wool dryer balls.
They’re made from 100% natural wool and have absolutely no chemicals. Not only do they remove static, but they also decrease drying time.
When your dryer is running they bounce around in the cloths, letting the hot air get all around the laundry, hence, drying it quicker.
Now to get that fresh scent that we thought could only be reached from fabric softener, add your favorite essential oils to your dryer balls. It gives your clothes that fresh smell you love! See, going chemical free isn’t all bad!
7. Check the lint
I am usually so bad for this, by the time I check it, it’s so full I can hardly pull the drawer out! My husband’s always harassing me (haha) so I’m here to politely remind you that your dryer will run more efficiently if you regularly clean out the lint.
And if it’s running more efficiently it will dry the clothes faster and draw less power, costing you less money. It’s also a fire hazard if it gets as full as mine does (oops!).
There you have it, 7 easy steps to eliminate harmful toxins in your laundry room while going green and saving money. It’s a big step, but fortunately it’s not a very hard one.
Now you can breathe easy knowing that wearing your favorite t-shirt (or when your 9 month old daughter is shoving it in her mouth) isn’t causing you (or her) any harm.