These days, I feel like I live and breathe laundry with a toddler, husband, and French Bulldog at home. For the most part, I try to buy green, organic, eco-friendly items when it comes to selecting my family’s household products, skincare, beauty, and food. So today I am going to share my healthy laundry approach with all of you.
Whether I buy run-of-the-mill products or natural products my deciding factors are usually cost, convenience, who is it for in the house, and does it actually work. (For example, I cannot find a natural mascara that works for me! I’ve had two allergic reactions from trying to switch over…and it ain’t pretty. Picture Will Smith in the movie Hitch.) Buying natural products usually comes with a higher price tag, and for some on a tight budget, you usually have to prioritize what items are worth it.
How do you know what’s safe and what’s not?
My girlfriend introduced me to the Think Dirty app about a year and a half ago and it’s almost become addictive. It’s an app that teaches you about the potentially toxic products in some of your household, beauty, and personal care products. I went around scanning products in the house to see where they landed on the scale and the results were astonishing.
Basically anything with fragrance, preservatives, sulfates, ingredients that are 10+ characters long, etc. have a higher toxicity rating (5+). The app categorizes products on their Dirty Meter under three categories: carcinogenicity, developmental & reproductive toxicity, and allergies & immunotoxicities. I try to buy products with a rating of 5 and lower but it is really hard sometimes. A rating of 0-3 is obviously ideal.
Check it out if you haven’t!
Here is the laundry detergent and dryer balls that I use…
Detergent: Nature Clean Laundry Detergent (Unscented)
I have been testing out laundry detergents for what seems like the last five years. (My mum introduced me to this one!) This is the closest I can get to “almost chemical-free” even though it contains methylisothiazolinone and methylchloroisothiazolinone. (<-Those two words just took me 5 minutes to type out.) They’re synthetics that are used in some personal care products and industrial products. On the Think Dirty app this product is listed as a 4. Nature Clean Laundry Detergent does the job; it cleans our clothes and we haven’t had allergic reactions from it.
Shop Smart Tip: You can buy it from Well.ca, Real Canadian Superstore, or Canadian Tire. Other safe laundry detergents are: GreenShield Laundry Detergent (rating of 3 on the Think Dirty app) Eco-Me liquid Laundry Detergent (not listed on the Think Dirty app), and Seventh Generation Free & Clear Laundry Detergent (rating of 4).
Dryer Balls: ULAT Pure Wool Dryer Balls
These dryer balls are 100% wool and made in Canada. Whoot Whoot! Wool dryer balls are awesome because they soften your laundry, remove wrinkles and static without the use of harmful chemicals. They also cut down on your drying time and are the answer for those with sensitive skin. Three balls are sold in a package and are recommended for each load. They will not shed onto your clothing, but the balls will pill which is a good indication they’re working.
If you want to naturally scent your laundry you could always add a touch of pure essential oils to your dryer balls too!
(My mum also introduced me to this product by gifting them at our family Christmas gift exchange. At first, I was like…seriously, what do we have here?! haha…but now I take it back and owe her all the cred. They’re so awesome and my husband even says every few months “Honey, it’s time to replace our wool dryer balls. We really need to order another set.”)
Also, these wool dryer balls make for a great housewarming gift, hostess gift, or a family Christmas gift exchange! 🙂
I would love to hear if anyone else has found the perfect laundry detergent. (By perfect I mean affordable, convenient to purchase, non-toxic, and does the job.)