In case you missed yesterday's blog...
Taking A Closer Look At 6 Toxic Products
You Very Likely Have In Your Home...
This week, I’m going to continue to write you short, powerful blogs exploring why I never bring any of these 6 items into my home - and why my clients don’t any more either - and I’ll give you my favourite healthy alternatives.
We've already covered:
- Energy Saving Light Bulbs
Some of these items might seem quite random and quite harmless to you, but many contain substances which have not been tested for safety, so we're going to dig deeper into the health consequences of having them in your home, and after this week you may think twice about buying them again too.
Since having kids I've wanted to do household tasks as naturally as possible, this came partly through instinct and partly because I couldn't stomach strong chemical perfume smells when I was pregnant and breast feeding.
I do love the natural smell of freshly laundered sheets and clothes, but I still have a dislike for strong smelling laundry that has been cleaned with heavily perfumed chemicals. That coupled with wanting to keep things simple has meant I never ventured down the road of fabric softeners to make my laundry feel soft and smell nice.
When I looked in to ways to freshen up and whiten old pillows and bedding some years ago I was shocked to come across research on how harmful to our health fabric softeners can be...
4 Reasons To Reconsider Using Commercial Fabric Softeners
- Cancer Causing Chemicals - Fabric softeners (liquids and sheets) contain a frightening list of chemicals that are known neurotoxins and carcinogens.
- Skin & Respiratory Irritants - The fabric softener coats the surface of bedding and clothes which is then absorbed both through your skin into your bloodstream and through your airways into your lungs.
- A Whole Host Of Chemical Ingredients - Of all the chemical ladened products we now think of as normal in our weekly shopping, fabric softeners are considered to be one of the worst offenders. The mix of chemicals have never been tested for safety in combined form.
- Contributes To Rising Indoor Pollution Problem - Our homes have become so toxic with the vast array of chemicals in so many of the products we bring in to our home that they are now thought to be up to 9 times more toxic than a busy street corner.
6 Tips To Make Your Laundry Smell Fresh and Feel Soft
- As I have done for years...just go without fabric softener.
- Choose a safer product. The 'Environmental Working Group' has created a helpful reference guide for safety testing on all sorts of household products.
- To freshen up your laundry and get rid of bad smells & whiten up your bedding, add a cup of bicarbonate of soda into the drum at the start of the wash and 1/2 a cup of white vinegar on the final rinse cycle. Using bicarbonate of soda makes your laundry super soft too. I love using it with dressing gowns and towels.
- To get rid of damp smelling items or mould, soak the items overnight in white vinegar then wash as usual.
- Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to the dryer before you put the laundry in.
- Using dryer balls speeds up drying time and softens the laundry.
All of these tips are a far healthier choice than relying on chemicals to do the work, and could save you a lot of money too.