After working so hard to eat healthy and fresh (and gluten free!), I paid little attention to the laundry detergent that I use “safeness.” I was talking with a friend about loving Gain soap and doing laundry. I love for my laundry to smell good and have a strong fragrance. He told me, “You know that’s how they get you.” And promptly dared me to Google the topic and make my own decision about laundry detergent (LD). I was a bit skeptical because he does work at Whole Foods and eats super SUPER natural, non-GMO, blah blah blah, but thought I would give it a quick search.
It is scary to think what is in products that doesn’t have to be reported. These following links are what intrigued me:
- Mothers Challenge A Trace Contaminant in Tide
- Tide Detergent Found To Contain High Levels Of 1,4-Dioxane, Carcinogenic Contaminant
- The best, and worst, laundry detergents with 1,4-dioxane contamination
I try to do what’s best for my body and avoid things that are unhealthy when possible. I decided to make my own soap because at least this way I know what is going into the mix. I followed this recipe that I found on Pinterest from stepintomygreenworld.com.
From what I can tell from reading around, Borax and the washing soda seem healthier than 1,4 dioxane and who knows what else in conventional soap. It actually took me longer to find the ingredients than make the soap itself. I figured Whole Foods would have the Borax and washing soda, but they do not. A quick trip to H-E-B got me all my ingredients for less than $20.
The prices were as follows:
Dr. Bronner Soap $3.00
Washing Soda $3.24
Lavender oil $8.29
To make another load, I just have to buy another bar of Dr. Bronner’s soap and repeat. The boxes of washing soda/borax will make multiple loads and have plenty of the oil left. Next time I’m thinking about buying the scented soap to start with.
The recipe states it should wash about 32-64 loads, but I’m currently keeping a tally count with my first batch so I will know how much it costs per load. The lavender recipe smells great and when it says FIVE drops, it MEANS five drops. Those essential oils are pretty potent.
Overall, my point is to question what you put in/on your body and weigh the pros and the cons. Do I think that using Gain detergent will cause cancer? Well, probably not. But we don’t know for sure what these companies are using in their products and marketing to us as safe. Better safe than sorry, I’ll make my own. :) And use Gain candles instead.