1/8/20 Mission: Laundry

For the past week or so, I have been blogging about my mission to fill my house with safe products. Cleaner products. This is no small task and I am taking it one step at a time. If I went in guns blazing, trying to overhaul my whole life at once, it would be too overwhelming. I want to do this right, not fast. Today I can tell you that Reese’s environment is cleaner than it was yesterday. But we have a long way to go.

This week I am tackling laundry detergent.

I knew detergent was going to be a big deal. I actually kind of feared it. Below are the laundry products that I used in my household, and the rating each received on EWG.org

RATING: FTide Free and Gentle Liquid Detergent (“dermatologist recommended, free of dye and perfumes”)

RATING: FDowny Free and Gentle Liquid Fabric Softener (“free of dyes and perfumes, dermatologist tested”)

RATING: DBounce Free and Gentle Dryer Sheets (“dermatologist recommended, free of dyes and perfumes”)

I know to buy unscented, free and gentle, etc. And I’ve been around long enough to know that you can’t believe everything you read on labels. I also KNEW that my choices would probably be beat out by an organic brand that uses nuts and berries… but I did NOT expect this. All of my products are subpar. There’s more. The most upsetting research I found was about Dreft Newborn Detergent. This is marketed to be safe for the most fragile members of our society… and it too got an F. The reasons are very upsetting. That is just criminal.

Now, if you browse you will learn a lot. And you will also see that there are plenty of products that receive a grade of B, C, and D. But my overhaul is about doing it right, and doing it right is a score of A.

My husband’s Peloton Clothes

I chose 5 laundry products that passed the test. All are rated A and all are available on Walmart.com. (We do not have a Walmart nearby, Target did not have everything I wanted, and Amazon did not carry non-bulk sizes of these items, so I ordered online.) This week I will be putting these to the test. The test being, Chris’ Peloton clothes. (sorry chris.) If you don’t know what a Peloton is, it’s a stationary bike, and my husband works out on it every morning. And those clothes have their “own” load of laundry. (I know you understand, especially moms of hockey boys.) Well, to be our new household detergent, these products have to prove themselves!! See the products I chose for this experiment below: (there are a lot of other really good products, these are just the 5 that I chose, based on my own research.)

Grab Green Laundry Detergent Pods Fragrance Free $6.94 for 60 loads
Grade A when fragrance free
Made in the USA

Seventh Generation Natural Laundry Packs (Pods, not liquid), Free and Clear $11.99 for 45 loads *Grade A “packs”, Grade C “liquid” (liquid adds methylisothiazolinone- bad) 96% of plant-based ingredients

Greenshield Organics, HE Elite Care, Liquid -the free and clear or lavender $14.99 for 100 loads
Both the scented and lavender are rated A. I purchased the lavender.

And of course, fabric softeners:

  • Grab Green Wet Dryer Sheets $6.20 for 32 loads
  • Attitude Little Ones Fabric Softener, Fragrance Free $13.95 for 30 loads

Now we test.

Reese, Quinn & Claire will be helping me with this experiment because it’s extremely important to me that they LEARN. I believe that “post-millennials” will be better at this than their parents because we are raising them to be aware. They will accept nothing less than HEALTHY LIVING and the industry will have to get their act together if they want to stay in business.

I will update about our mission on our Instagram page (link below.) I know that MANY of you have come before me. The amount of conversation I am engaged in since I began to share this part of our journey is inspiring. I LOVE the tips and stories. This has been an amazing journey toward CLEAN for us and we are just getting started. Please follow us on Instagram and share your comments, I am learning from you and I really appreciate it!!

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5 thoughts on “1/8/20 Mission: Laundry”

  1. I gave up fabric sheets a few years ago. I purchased a pack of 5 alpaca fur balls. They naturally soften and remove static as they bounce around in the dryer. I have been very pleased with the results.

    1. I just received these as a gift for Christmas and I am SO excited to try them!! Glad I hear they work well for you!

    2. I’m so happy to have found your site again and thrilled Reese looks healthy and adorable! What a joy to meet Kate! May your family have an abundance of good health and happiness!

  2. So cute! I too gave up dryer sheets years ago! Dreft was the most upsetting. The amount of chemicals we are swaddling are newborns in is just plain wrong.

  3. I learned long ago in nursing school that dryer sheets are filled with chemicals and therefore have never used them. Not necessary.

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