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Do you struggle with finding a laundry detergent that doesn’t break your skin out? I do. I’ve spent a fortune of different itch creams and prescriptions until I figured out that my laundry detergent could be the problem! (along with other things that we will discuss in the weeks to come).
I thought that by using the “free of (dyes, perfumes, ect)” options the name brand companies marketed, I was doing all I could to help my skin. It really wasn’t until my daughter began to suffer from eczema that I started doing research and found that most of the “free of” detergents I was using were just as irritating and toxic as any other detergent.
My “hunt” for the perfect detergent has been a long one. This is based on my personal research, preferences, and experience. Not all the options I’ve found are necessarily “perfect” but they are good enough for me. I picked four different options of laundry detergents to test out. I picked each of these based on their ingredients, reviews, and cost.
I did consider the ratings from the EWG but I didn’t follow their ratings too much. Many products receive an “F” rating from for lack of information, not necessarily what is in the bottle. I may have to write a post about my thoughts on the EWG “scoring system”. I’m very thankful for the information they provide but the way they score has serious flaws. For example, sodium metasilicate is listed as an ingredient below. On the EWG, it has an “F” rating. But, the “F” is for other types of cleaners such as
oven cleaner, spray and drain cleaners. All things that have the potential to be inhaled. There are no listed issues with using it in laundry detergent but the rating is still the same. Use your own judgment and common sense when evaluating different products.
I would love to zero toxins in my home but that just is impossible with my budget. All of us should come to our own conclusions about different toxins. My personal philosophy is to avoid what I can and not stress about what I can’t. I could drive myself crazy if I sat down and read every single article about this chemical or that chemical. I am a natural worrier so I avoid doing that as much as possible.
Onto the list of options:
DIY Laundry Detergent
Last week, I posted my experiences using a DIY laundry detergent recipe.
Washing soda, baking soda, essential oils, soap.
Cost Per Load:
Unable to calculate. Very cheap.
This DIY option did still irritate my skin slightly but didn’t bother my daughter’s skin.
I was able to get a really great deal on this detergent a few months ago from The Grove Collaborative. (affiliate link)
Water, decyl glucoside, laureth – 7, sodium methyl 2-sulfolaurate, glycerin, coconut acid, propylene glycol, fragrance, sodium citrate, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel oil, substilisin (protease), amylase.
Cost Per load:
Irritated my skin and my daughter’s. I will not be using this one again. It did smell very nice but it didn’t help our skin issues at all.
Vitacost The Clean Collection Fragrance-Free
I added this to my monthly Vitacost order to test out. (affiliate link)
Water, laureth-7, sodium methyl-2 sulfolaurate, disodium 2-sulfolaurate, sodium bicarbonate, methyl soyate, sodium chloride, cocamidopropyl betaine and sodium propionate.
Cost Per load:
I was pleasantly surprised to figure out that this brand doesn’t irritate my daughter’s skin at all. I did still have a slight skin rash after using this but it was not as much as normal!
This is my new “go-to” detergent. I love this stuff.
Sodium carbonate (washing soda), C12-15 pareth-2 (detergent), sodium metasilicate (drying agent).
Cost Per load:
$0.13 – $0.16
Skin irritation almost all cleared up for both of us! Full review of this detergent coming Tuesday.
Do you use a non-toxic laundry detergent? Which one is your favorite?
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