Natural cleaning products – Laundry
This is actually a big topic, one that I can only touch on here, so will do another post at some point.
Things to think about
What do you wash your clothes in?
What do you use to clean your kitchen?
What personal hygiene products do you use?
I have chosen to look at what we use to wash our clothes in this post.
Products that you buy in the supermarket can be harmful to you and the environment. Many people suffer from eczema and itchy dry skin etc. as a result of laundry powders/liquids and conditioners!
I used to get very dry hands, and I would always wonder what was causing it, it was never bad enough to really investigate, and it took a while after not suffering from it that I finally noticed!
These ‘soap’ products are also harmful to plant and animal life in streams and rivers, and are not suitable for septic tanks!
But what is the alternative?
I have used soap pods or an ecological soap liquid.
Soap pods are a natural soap containing pod! They can be bought from health food shops (or from me if you live locally), just 4-6 in a little cloth bag is enough for 4 or 5 washes.
It can feel strange when you first start using these, as your clothes do not smell. If you want your clothes to smell, them you can add a couple of drops of your favourite essential oil.
There are lots of natural laundry liquids on the market now, the one that most people have heard of is Ecover, but there are others like Clearspring, BioD, Ecoleaf and some big supermarkets are now doing their own brands.
I have used soap pods, and find that they work well, I also like all the natural laundry liquids, most recently I used Ecoleaf. I have not had a problem with the named ones above (not tried supermarket ones).
I used to use Bold washing tablets, or powder. Then when I started using the alternatives, I planned to use pods, then natural liquid, then one lot of bold and then back to the pods. The flaw with the natural products is that they are not very good at keeping whites white, I am not that fussy, but thought that if I used 1 or 2 lots of e.g. Bold, a year, then it might just whiten the whites a little.
And that’s what I did, a while ago I bought bold, it was on offer. Oh how I hated it, my hands went dry, split, sore, bled. I was itching in bed (as bedding had been washed in it) and my washing smelled. I am just too used to my clothes smelling …nice, that I really hated the false smell that this washing liquid made them smell like, and I can still smell it when I open the airing cupboard or my wardrobe – urghh!
More recently I have started using ecoballs, they are fairly expensive, but last for months, up to 1000 washes. I find they wok well for normal washes. For stained clothing you just need to remember to treat spillages as soon as they happen, and they come with a free stain remover, you can buy more when this runs out. I also add a couple of drops of essential oil to my wash (when I remember).