A couple of months ago I was in the check-out line at a local grocery store. The women in line behind me was buying 15 boxes of Borax and several bars of Fels Naptha soap. Mildly curious, I asked about her purchase. She said her daughter-in-law made a laundry soap that worked better than any commercial stuff, was pure, and didn’t have all the nasty chemicals found in the cleaning aisle at the grocery store. I must admit it never even dawned on me to google “how to make your own laundry soap!” Our clothes have always came out of the wash clean. End of story, or is it?
Soon after meeting the laundry soap woman I received an update from the Environmental Working Group’s blog the Enviroblog, featuring the not-so-green laundry additive Borax. Among other things Borax is a pesticide used to poison bugs, fungus and weeds. It is an irritant to the skin and eyes and may cause hormone disruption in men. The EPA has declined to do risk assessments on Borax and it’s cousin boric acid. These are assessments that would include low-level exposures from cleaning supplies, cosmetics and consumer pest-control products. I’m crossing laundry soap making off my to-do list!
Hello Tide! Well, not so fast. Just when I thought it was safe to use America’s favorite laundry detergent I received an online petition from change.org. This petition “Tide: Get Cancer-Causing Chemicals Out of Laundry Detergent,” was sent to several people at Proctor and Gamble. A report confirmed high levels of 1,4-dioxane a known cancer-causing chemical, that has been linked in animal studies to an increased risk of breast cancer has been found in P&G’s Tide Free & Gentle®. What’s most alarming is they market this particular brand of Tide as a gentle alternative for children and infants.
If that isn’t enough to make you scratch your head and wonder. Check out Theo Colborn’s letter (TEDx video) to President Obama on Endocrine Disruption. The problem here is, while the EPA restricts or bans certain chemicals that cause immediate health issues, they have not looked at the impact of the long-term use of everyday household chemicals at low exposure. Dr. Colborn maintains there is no safe level for many of the chemicals we use and expose our families to every day. Please take the time to watch this TEDx video. If you can get past the first 5 minutes, I guarantee you will watch this sobering video a second time.
Lest you think 90 plus year old Dr. Theo Colborn is a total greeny out to destroy capitalism, check out her bio on Wikipedia.
The question is, where do we go from here? What do we do with this information? For me, it couldn’t be any more clear. I must work to cut my family and friends exposure to toxic chemicals.
Where is the best place to start? Under my kitchen sink and in the laundry room!
Now, it was somewhere between the laundry soap woman, the Tide petition and Theo Colburn, that I discovered H2O at Home. I fell hard and fast for their environmentally friendly products and philosophy. Most of their household cleaning products carry the European ‘Nature et Progres’ certification. This unique certification demands the strictest compliance to standards that are respectful of the environment.
“Nature et Progres” guarantees that products are:
• Exclusively issued from natural ingredients
• Not animal tested
• Rapidly and entirely biodegradable
• Free from dye, GMO, synthetic fragrances or petrochemical derivatives
• Packed in recyclable packaging
That’s something I CAN get behind!
What am I using in my washer today? The H2O at Home Laundry Ball, Oxypur and H2O Liquid Laundry Soap. These products are found in our catalog on pages 26-27. To learn more about these and other environmentally safe products vist H2O at Home.com
Cleans your clothes using 75% less laundry soap!
In health, fitness and fun ~