Laundry might be my least favorite chore.
With two rough and tumble, outdoorsy boys, you can probably understand why. I’ve also never been a huge fan of the smell of laundry detergent, and I’m mildly worried about the wear-and-tear it caused on my clothes and how the ingredients affected my skin. I know detergents are supposed to help prolong the life of your clothes, but when the Environmental Working Group rates many brand name laundry detergents with a big fat “F” on the environmental scale, I have to wonder if there are any benefits to products like this at all.
Many laundry detergents are really not healthy. I’m sure that many of you don’t want to hear this since many brand name laundry detergents work well to get clothes looking clean.
Maybe some of ingredient information will help you snap out of this “chemical coma”:
- The silicon compounds found in many name brand detergent are known to cause asthma and respiratory issues
- Ingredients such as sodium polyacrylate and peg-75 (which is also linked to cancer and DNA damage) are toxic to our water supply
- The ingredient 1,4-dioxane, a petrochemical solvent found in paints, varnishes, and some cosmetics, has been detected in the original formula detergent (63 parts per million) as well as fragrance-free (free and clear) formulas (89 ppm).
Unless an article of clothing is extremely dirty and unsanitary, is there really any benefit to all these harsh salts and chemicals? Really, even if your clothes are absolutely gross with grunge, you might be better off wearing them dirty than coating them with the chemicals listed above.
The truth is, unless you work outside and sweat for long hours or your clothes are exceptionally dirty and unsanitary (such as hospital workers), warm water and the agitation provided by your washing machine are enough to effectively clean your clothes… you don’t necessarily even need any detergent!
We are obsessed with clothes that are soft, fluffy, and smell like mountain springs, but at what expense? Detergent is costly, and the majority of us probably use far more of it than necessary, meaning our clothes are left with residue that doesn’t get rinsed away.
My kids rarely go a day without a mess of some sort, meaning by the time I get a load of laundry together, I usually need more than just hot water and agitation.
I love the Norwex Laundry Detergent (are you surprised?) because it’s highly concentrated, requiring only about 1/2 – 2 teaspoons for each load, even dirty towels. It’s also free of fillers and fragrances, so there is no leftover residue building up on my clothes or leaving them with unnatural scents. The lack of fillers and fragrances also means less static, and when combined with Norwex Dryer Balls in the dryer, you’re sure to have clean, stain-free, fluffy clothes. No chemicals needed! The Norwex detergent also helped to rid my front load washing machine of it’s terrible sour smell.
Most name brands average around 37 cents per load.
You can buy 70 loads worth of Norwex Laundry Detergent for under $30, coming out to about 31 cents per load (for high efficiency washers… it’s a little more for the older top loading style machines).
I’ve already made my choice!
Have you tried the Norwex Laundry Detergent, or do you prefer another all-natural brand? Have you ever washed a load of laundry with just water and agitation? I’d love to hear your stories or suggestions!