Organic Laundry Detergents

Do you use conventional - toxic laundry products?

Conventional laundry products are a health and environmental hazard: Scented laundry products release carcinogens, study finds.

They contain chemicals, irritants, and pollutants that affect not only sensitive individuals, pregnant women, the elderly, pets, children, and wildlife, but all of us, too! Yet, they are sold in regular grocery stores as harmless products. Choose always organic laundry products. 

How about scented laundry products?

Studies suggest scented laundry items contain carcinogens that waft through vents, potentially raising cancer risk. “People are getting sick from the air from dryer vents,” Dr. Anne Steinemann told the Star. “A dryer vent is like a tailpipe sticking out.”

Conventional laundry detergents contain toxic ingredients and chemicals that are cheap to produce, harsh on us, the planet, and the environment. They are linked with asthma and respiratory damage, skin allergies and irritations, development and reproductive toxicity, posing cancer and environmental hazards. You can check your current detergent's toxicity rating here at EWG.org 

❌ I don't recommend dryer sheets even the natural ones because they contain controversial ingredients. Plus they are an unnecessary waste of resources. You can find safer dryer sheet alternatives here.

 

When someone is wearing a garment that has been washed and dryer with conventional laundry products,  I can recognize it right away from its typical toxic fragrance. You can even smell this toxic mix of chemicals that comes from home laundry rooms when I walk by on the sidewalk. Dryer sheet pollutants contaminate the air around us and reach long distances through the vent of the dryer. Read here.

Organic Laundry Detergents 

 

That’s why we need to have the right information that allows us to buy a better detergent to protect us, our family, pets, and the environment.  Use your nose and eyes. Read the ingredients list. Avoid fragranced products and colored liquid products.

TIP: Iread the ingredients on the label, skip the marketing claims and if you can't reconize a greenwashing brands from and organic one, here is my tip: To be sure that it is really natural, pick a USDA Certified Organic detergent that guarantees it is made with at least 95% organic ingredients, produced in a rigorously eco-friendly way. NO GMOs, pesticides, or toxic ingredients are allowed. A USDA Certified Organic product protects us from conventional toxic brands and at the same time from deceiving greenwashing brands that pretend to be natural, but they are not! Not sure how a USDA Certified Organic Seal looks like? Look here.

🔎Do you know that according to ewg.org Tide laundry detergent is rated F?

They analyzed it and they found it to cause respiratory issues, skin allergy, irritations, and environmental pollution! 

Even if Procter & Gamble tried to reduce the amount of the toxic and carcinogenic ingredient 1,4-dioxane in their Tide detergents, they have a long way to go. 

How to pick eco-friendly laundry detergents?

❌𝘾𝙤𝙣𝙫𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙡: contain petroleum chemicals that are toxic and contaminate the groundwater! They often carry ingredients with developmental, endocrine, and/or reproductive system potential side effects and create acute aquatic toxicity. Plus their thick, plastic packaging is an eco hazard, along with their smelly, toxic fragrances that you can detect when you are anywhere near someone who has been using such products.

Brands: Tide, All, Gain, Cheer, Kirkland and more

❌𝙂𝙧𝙚𝙚𝙣𝙬𝙖𝙨𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜: they may try to convince you that their product is eco-friendly, with their green packaging and false claims, such as “natural detergents” but they still contain toxic and unhealthy ingredients such as fragrances or ingredients that hurt the environment, such as palm oil, responsible for deforestation, human rights abuse and animal orangutan extinction.

Brands: Method, Mrs. Meyer's Ecos, and more

✅ 𝙎𝙖𝙛𝙚𝙧 𝙙𝙚𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙜𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙨: Natural and more transparent brands that make products that are safer for us and the environment, organic ingredients of agricultural origin. Like the brands listed on this page. 

Since organic and natural detergents don’t contain harsh chemicals, they are thinner and they will clean without the unnecessary suds found in conventional brands.

 

Certifications:

USDA Certified Organic certification, which guarantees the product is safer for us and the environment, with at least 95% organic ingredients of agricultural origin. In order to be certified USDA, they have to meet the strictest standard for production, handling, processing, and labeling. Also, USDA Organic guarantees that ingredients in the formulas meet rig