Skin care is very important. But, it’s not just about the products you use for bathing and nourishment. Washing detergents and fabric softeners are important too! Namely, some of these products may contain ingredients that can be hazardous to the human health!
When it comes to dirty laundry, many people tend to use several different products for washing. From washing powders and liquid detergents, to fabric softeners, bleach, dryer sheets, and the like. But, have you ever thought about how the clothes washed with all these preparations can affect our skin?
Some liquid detergents contain up to 15 different cleaning ingredients that may have a negative effect on the human skin. Then, we have the phthalates, used to soften the fabric and increase its flexibility. Also, there’s the bleach and enzymes used for removing stains, primarily protein stains. And, in some detergents, there are ingredients that penetrate deep into the fibers, to effectively remove stains and odors.
All these ingredients can irritate the respiratory system and cause allergic reactions. Children are especially sensitive, and therefore, their clothes should be well taken care of when washing.
Some health experts even say that fabric softeners are the worst, as they contain preparations that can cause pulmonary irritation, sensory irritation, and airflow limitation. Namely, other than fragrances and colors, they also contain toxic ingredients that can often trigger asthma, allergic reactions, and hormonal imbalance. Some of them are even proven to be carcinogens.
Safe Solutions For Fabric Softeners
It’s important to choose the washing detergents and softeners carefully. You can start by informing yourself of the harmful ingredients they may contain, and always read the labels.
Here we show you a few safe solutions for fabric softeners.
White Vinegar And Essential Oils
Combine 1 liter of white vinegar with 10 drops of your favorite essential oil. Mix the liquid, so that the ingredients combine. Use it in your laundry instead of fabric softener. The white vinegar will soften your clothes, while the essential oil will make them smell amazing.
White Vinegar And Baking Soda
Mix 2 cups of hot water with 1 cup of baking soda. Then, add 1 cup of white vinegar and stir to combine. This mixture will soften the hard water, and it’ll make your clothes soft the fluffy. You can also scent the softener with a few drops of lavender essential oil.
Have you ever tried using hair conditioner on your clothes? It really works! Mix 2 cups of hair conditioner, 3 cups of white vinegar, and 6 cups of hot water.
DIY Softener Sheets
Take a clean cotton cloth and cut it into squares. Each square should be approximately 15cm long. Soak the fabric in white vinegar and add a few drops of vanilla or rose essential oil. Throw one fabric into the laundry machine and wash your clothes.
DIY Softener Crystals
Mix 30 drops of jasmine essential oil with 2 cups of sea salt. You can also combine scents, to make your new favorite fragrance. Then, add half a cup of baking soda and mix to combine. Add 2 tablespoons to the rinse cycle.