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Laundry Lies and Cover Up's

Updated: Jun 4

Clothes are more than necessary, or just fashion statements. They cover our largest organ—our skin. This organ plays a crucial role in detoxification. When we opt for chemical-laden detergents to clean our clothes, we might find ourselves dealing with fatigue, inflammation, and weight gain. It’s worth examining the products we use every day.


The dangers of chemical exposure become clear once you understand the sheer volume: over 10 million new chemical compounds are produced annually. It's impossible to keep up with the safety testing required. Here are some resources to help you find safer alternatives.


Our skin is a vital player in eliminating toxins, but it can only do so effectively if our clothing is free from harmful substances. Here are some key issues with most conventional detergents:


  1. Ineffective Cleaning: Many detergents fail to clean effectively and instead add more chemicals to our bodies and the environment.

  2. Increased Toxin Absorption: Mixed with sweat, some toxins become even more harmful.

  3. Health Risks: Regular exposure to these chemicals can increase the risk of cancer, skin problems, and other health issues.


Rachel Carson's seminal book, Silent Spring, remains a cornerstone of environmental awareness since the 1960s. A recent PBS documentary highlighted her life highlighted her impactful life and work.


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If you love the scent of freshly laundered clothes but want to avoid chemical fragrances, consider this: natural wool laundry balls. They reduce dryer time, wrinkles, and static by creating space between clothes for better airflow, all without harmful chemicals. For a natural scent, add a few drops of add essential oils to your dryer balls—an excellent alternative to chemical-laden dryer sheets and safer for your health.


Enzymes are another effective solution, as they literally digest odor-causing bacteria and remove stains. Brands like Norwex, Neolife and Azure Standard offer excellent enzyme-based or plant-based cleaning options.


To detox your clothes, especially new or thrifted items, soak them in baking soda for 24 hours to draw out toxins. Follow this with a vinegar soak in fresh water. Perform these pre-soaks in a plastic bin rather than your washer to avoid damaging the machine’s metal parts.


Making these changes can lead to a healthier lifestyle and a cleaner environment. Your skin—and the planet—will thank you. For more on this topic if you are an allergy sufferer, please read my other blog: The Silent Killer... - Well Space (wellspaceadvocacy.org)






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