Why Most Laundry Detergents are Scarier than Freddy Krueger

Why Opt for Natural Laundry Detergents?

Clean and fresh smelling laundry is important because you want to smell and look good. And, you don’t want to spend a lot of time and effort on laundry. So, you probably just pick up whatever laundry detergents on sale at the grocery store thinking that the products must all be safe and effective.

What you don’t know is that most conventional laundry detergents contain some pretty scary ingredients. Well, maybe not as scary as Freddy Krueger, but right up there.

Plus, you may not know that no regulatory body is ensuring that what goes into your laundry detergents is safe for you and the environment.

Pretty scary, right?

Here’s what you need to know about conventional laundry detergents and how to find safer laundry supplies as innocuous as Mister Rogers.

Why Opt for Natural Laundry Detergents? 

Let’s start with the basics. How do you know what’s in your laundry detergent?

Well, this is a tough one. Why? Because the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), the regulator of cleaning and laundry products and soap, has lax labeling regulations.

How lax? The CPSC gives manufacturers significant leeway on disclosing ingredients; they can list all, none or some of the ingredients. So, if a product included 20 ingredients, all 20 might be listed, or maybe just 5. It’s even acceptable not to list any ingredients according to CPSC regulations.

Here’s what the EPA has to say about cleaning product labeling requirements.

“Unlike food products, manufacturers of chemical products are not required to list ingredients on their containers or make them public.”

It’s troubling that ingredients aren’t included on the label, isn’t it?

What About Product Safety Testing?

Most people think products are safety tested or at least that the product ingredients have been approved for use by a regulatory body. But in reality, no requirement exists for cleaning and laundry product manufacturers to do safety testing.

The EPA has this to say about the lack of product safety testing.

Cleaning Products Aren't Tested for Safety

Not welcome news, right?

 Your Average Laundry Detergent Looks Like This

The Environmental Working Group (ewg.org) has a great site to decode product labels and ingredients. Check out the EWG Cleaning Guide here. Here’s a popular laundry detergent with a score of F. It’s a typical score for your average big brand laundry detergent.

As you can see below, the product has ingredients causing High Concern around Developmental and Reproductive Toxicity, Moderate Concern with Asthma/Respiratory and Some Concern with Cancer, Skin Allergies & Irritation & Environment.
Tide Laundry Detergent Ingredient Safety

Compare these results with a non-toxic, safe laundry powder. It’s proof that you don’t need to sacrifice your health for cleanliness.

Lion Bear Laundry Powder Product Safety

It is possible to create laundry soap that is as innocent as Mister Rogers.

How to Find Safe, Natural Laundry Detergents?

So, where do you find these natural laundry detergents? Pure Living Space sells only highly rated and effective products with the added convenience of having your cleaning products dropped at your doorstep instead of you having to lug it home from the store.

Our products have the highest Environmental Working Group ratings, so you don’t have to worry. Plus, we’ve tested the products to make sure that they work well.

Today is a good day to make one small change that will do you and the environment good. Will you switch to a safe laundry soap?

Please share!

Six Ways to Clean Your Laundry, Naturally

All Natural Laundry Products - Six Ways to Keep it Clean

Did you know that simply by doing laundry, you are polluting your indoor air? Because of poor laundry room ventilation and harmful ingredients in your laundry products, that clean laundry smell comes at a price.

What’s Lurking In Your Laundry Detergents & Softeners?

So, what’s in your laundry detergents and softeners?

A University of Washington study on air contaminants from consumer goods detected between 18 and 20 chemicals in four laundry products – including likely carcinogens, developmental toxins, and allergens.

It’s a troubling thought, isn’t it? Doing laundry pollutes your air.

Relax though because you can clean your laundry without dirtying your air.

Six steps to cleaner laundry and indoor air; all natural laundry products

1. Try vinegar instead of fabric softener

Instead of liquid fabric softener add 1/2 cup white vinegar to your laundry final rinse. Many washers have a special rinse cycle setting that you can use.

2. Ditch your dryer sheets

Ditch the dryer sheets that release harmful Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in favor of less toxic alternatives. Dryer sheet chemicals adhere to your laundry AND filter into the air.

See what you think of these alternatives:

  • Wool dryer balls – You can either make your own or buy them. These 100% wool dryer balls naturally soften your laundry in the dryer. If you like scented laundry, use a drop or two of your favorite essential oil like lavender on the dryer balls. The only downside to using the balls is the noise which, not surprisingly, sounds like you put several tennis balls into your dryer.
    • Feeling crafty? Check out this YouTube video on how to make your own dryer balls. It’s not a bad project. Don’t get the washable wool because it won’t work right. YouTube has lots of videos on how to make dryer balls, but the three-minute version should tell you what you need to know.
    • To get wool dryer balls, go to Pure Living Space to find 100% wool dryer balls. They are reusable and last a while.
  • Use a fabric swatch and add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil. While this will not soften your clothes, it will add a pleasant fragrance, and will be quieter than the dryer balls.

3. Opt for a “clean” laundry detergent

Try a laundry detergent that is healthier for you and the environment. These are highly rated and tested:

  • MamaSuds All Natural Laundry Soap – Order online and have it delivered to your doorstep. Customize with your favorite all-natural scent.
  • All Natural Laundry Powder – Available in Unscented and Rosemary. Order online!
  • Green Shield Organic Laundry Detergent – Free & Clear Regular & HE
  • Biokleen – Laundry Liquid – Free & Clear or Citrus Essence
  • Ecover – Zero Laundry Liquid Concentrate

4. Make your own laundry detergent

You can always make your own laundry detergent. Here’s a recipe for an easy and clean detergent.

  • 1 bar (4 oz) Castile Soap finely grated
  • 1 cup Borax
  • 1 cup Washing Soda
  • Mix and use 1/4 cup per load
  • A note about Borax: some people have concerns about Borax causing skin irritation, but it IS safe to use. It’s true that if you do hand wash with Borax, it may irritate your skin. This effect is due to Borax changing the water’s pH, so as long as you are not doing hand laundry, you can use Borax without harming your skin or releasing harmful VOCs. With it, your laundry will be bright and clean.

5. Ventilate your laundry room

Do your best to improve ventilation in your laundry room. Hot water causes the water disinfectant pollutants to vaporize creating significant VOCs.

How does this happen?

Your city water has disinfectants to keep your water safe, and when heated and sprayed, these disinfectants can easily vaporize. This happens in the shower, bath, dishwasher and laundry primarily. Whole house water filtration systems do not remove these disinfectants, so your best bet is to use cooler water and/or ventilate your laundry room well.

Another way to tackle this problem is to use an air cleaner that is specially designed to clean up VOCs including the ones created by vaporized disinfectants.

6. Leave the lid open

Always prop open the washing machine lid to allow the inside to dry out to prevent mildew growth.


What’s Next?

Now you have ideas for all natural laundry products and you know how to ventilate your laundry room. What will you tackle first?

Want more information on safe, all natural products? Check out our all natural laundry products.