Monday, October 20, 2008
I love all-natural detergents. No overpowering scents of artificial flowers or the headache smell of bleach. Nothing toxic I need to concern myself about. No potential damage to the environment. Just the great creativity of a person or company to take what nature has already given us and convert it into something useful that will help keep my clothes clean.
My recent favorite has been the Mrs. Meyer's Baby Blossom for my laundry detergent. The scent just makes me want to go snuggle with my kids and brings out the mama-nurture instinct in me. And that's always a good thing. They sell it here at Bed, Bath, and Beyond so that's what I use their constant barrage of coupons for. A bottle of detergent is $11.99 so I love taking in the "spend $30 and take $10 off" coupon and coming out with three bottles for almost the price of two. It works for me.
I also love the Mother Natural baby stain remover (link not working!). It removes every stain I have ever put the stuff on. And it's not expensive either and lasts a long time. You could probably find it in your local health food store.
Today I bought a trial package of Maggie's Soap Nuts. I can't wait to try these things!! Soap nuts are the dried fruit of the Chinese Soapberry tree. You take a handful and put them in a cotton sack...tie a knot and put it in your washer. The bag of nuts should last for five washes and then you refill. It says that they have been "tested by humans on humans for 2500 years". Sounds proven to me! Easy on the earth and easy on the body...key ingredients in the products I desire. And as a side note, I love reading the ingredients on ultra-earthy packaging...on these soap nuts it says "Ingredients: Chinese Soapberries, cotton wash sack, and Love." I'll take some Love :)
And don't forget about dryer balls. These are a good alternative to fabric softener sheets that have cancer-causing chemicals in them. They reduce drying time, minimize wrinkles and can be used as a stand-in toddler toy.
What are some of your favorite all-natural detergents?
photo by McMorr