Before Young Living came out with Thieves laundry detergent, I would take Thieves cleaner and make my own. It worked great and I loved it, but now look at the convenience of having it all concentrated and ready to go! My biggest issue with this is I am a visual girl. I am used to having a giant scoop of detergent. Not a tablespoon. This messes with my mind.
With the Thieves Household Cleaner, I add it to water and have a big bottle of goodness. In the wash? Well, I see that same little tablespoon go in a big wash basin and I feel incomplete. No, really. I'm that weird. So, what's a girl to do? I took an empty glass container with a pour spout and mixed up a batch of laundry detergent by measuring out the concentration so each tablespoon of detergent was with one quarter cup of filtered water. Now, I shake it up and pour out a quarter cup into my laundry scoop. Watching that much soap go into the basin makes me happy. Same amount of soap mind you. Just a different viewpoint.
Besides, when I had to measure out a tablespoon of concentrate, it was so thick it stuck inside the cap and made me feel like I wasn't getting my whole tablespoon's worth every time.
Now I KNOW I am. Our laundry comes out CLEAN. Clear of residue, clear of scent, clear of everything dirty, including stains. If I have a particularly tough stain, I put the concentrate directly on it and let it sit for a bit before washing. Works perfectly! If you miss the smell of scented clothes, go get a wool dryer ball and add some of your essential oils to it. I promise you'll love it -- my latest batch of clothes smelled like Stress Away essential oil blend. Pure Heaven.
Known the world over, Tide laundry detergent is the very model of the perfect commercial cleaner. The reasons to avoid it are numerous. One glaringly large reason to avoid it may save your life. You see, Tide has 1,4 Dioxane. Remember that one? Cancer causing ingredients.
The EPA (environment protection agency) considers this solvent a human carcinogen (for those not in the know, this means it causes cancer). This is taken directly from their website:
“1,4-Dioxane is used as a solvent. Acute (short-term) inhalation exposure to high levels of 1,4-dioxane has caused vertigo, drowsiness, headache, anorexia and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs in humans. It may also irritate the skin. Damage to the liver and kidneys has been observed in rats chronically (long-term) exposed in their drinking water. In three epidemiologic studies on workers exposed to 1,4-dioxane, the observed number of cancer cases did not differ from the expected cancer deaths. Tumors have been observed in orally exposed animals. EPA has classified 1,4-dioxane as a Group B2, probable human carcinogen.”
For a product marketed to new moms -- one that makes a play on the word organic in its name, touts ingredients that are great for sensitive little skin, and even fragrance free -- it sure does score really low. Having looked at the ingredients, this stuff would be nowhere near my babies. Now, to be fair... the ingredients in question were preservatives.
Apparently, six of their products contained a preservative (HHT - hexahydro-tyrosine) -- a KNOWN carcinogen. Now, I don't know about you, but even if every single other ingredient was great, the mere fact that a known cancer causing agent was in there...even at a tenth or fiftieth or one millionth of a percent, would simply just be too much to think about using it on my sweet little baby's clothes.
*** Note, the manufacturers of Babyganics accepted responsibility for the ingredient and removed it from all of their products following their exposure by EWG. While I commend them on their actions, really, at the end of the day, it still comes down to not knowing what is in your products, an ingredient list too long and complicated to understand, and the omission of several ingredients on the list simply marketed as "other ingredients". Give me basic ingredients -- or I'll just make it myself -- but I am not going to use products I don't trust.
Color safe bleach. There's a thought for you. As long as it's safe for our colors, it must be safe for our skin. I won't even go into it all again. You guys know what to avoid by now.