Update! After Evelyn was born I continued using our Norwex detergent mixed with Mrs. Meyer’s Scent Booster Crystals. She had started developing an eczema rash on her chest and back and I couldn’t figure it out. I hadn’t changed my diet and it wasn’t anywhere else. I know that babies can develop intolerances to something you have been consuming for awhile, so I had made some slight tweaks to see if it helped. It didn’t. I used all the safe topical treatments I had to combat it and nothing helped. I lastly switched out the detergent back to my Zum Clean and within a couple of days it cleared up. I’m guessing that whatever was in those Booster Crystals did not agree with Evelyn. I was skeptical of them from the beginning, but that sealed the deal. In the trash they went! I still like Norwex, but I need a scent!
Oh, the search for a safer laundry detergent! I think it was about as challenging as trying to find a safer deodorant. I am in a household that has some dirty clothes. We have stinky and sweaty clothes from working out at our gym and Lucas is outside doing handy things regularly which means, dirt and sweat.
The un-safe versions would not only clean your clothes, but leave them smelling “fresh” for DAYS! I loved my clothes smelling “clean”. Before I knew better I never questioned how something I washed weeks ago still had that “outdoor fresh” scent. Now I know that those scents are packed with phthalates, that are known hormone disruptors, and they make the scent stick and last.
So, when I started the switch many of the detergents were unscented, which just didn’t always cut it. Either they didn’t seem to clean well or our clothes stunk. I wanted something that would be safe, but also clean the clothes and remove the stink, not just mask it with fragrance.
I started with Seventh Generation as it was easily available at my favorite store, Target. I know it’s a cleaner brand, but I wasn’t crazy that it contained sodium lauryl sulfate (surfactant) and methylisothiazolinone (preservative), both of which can cause skin irritation. Elijah was dealing with some eczema patches and I didn’t want to use anything that might contribute. If you are dealing with skin issues make sure switching to a detergent that is free of irritating ingredients is one of the first things you switch out. It did a decent job of cleaning and I tried both the unscented and fresh citrus scented versions. I was still on the lookout for a better option. I also tried Honest Company, but again I didn’t feel it worked well.
Next came Norwex’s Ultra Power Plus Laundry Detergent. I found this detergent to work beautifully for removing the dirt, but once again it’s unscented. I’m still missing the scent. I have tried adding a few drops of essential oils to my wool dryer balls and this works pretty well, but not exactly what I want. I also bought Mrs. Meyer’s Scent Booster Crystals that work well with the powder Norwex detergent and this leaves a nice scent. My issue with this is that it lists fragrance on the ingredient list, but the website claims it comes from essential oils. Mrs. Meyers is also known for greenwashing, so I have a hard time buying their products. My other issue with Norwex is that I am a woman that loves transparency. Since I work with a company that is about being transparent I hold this very high on my priority list. I love that Norwex lists that their detergent is Non-toxic, with biodegradable ingredients, phosphate-, sulfate-, chlorine-, dye-, fragrance- and filler-free, contains environmentally friendly water softeners, dissolves quickly and starts working immediately, and contains no optical brighteners. However, being the person I am, I want to see ingredients! With that being said, I’ll still use it as I love how it works. I also love their stain remover, it does the trick!
My final find is a liquid detergent from Indigo Wild and is called Zum Clean Laundry Soap. I have been using this for the past 3 months and I’m in love. It cleans, has essential oils for scent and meets all my needs. Lucas also approves so that’s a win! I love that it is a liquid version as well. I prefer the Lavender scent and here are the ingredients, sodium cocoate (saponifed 100% coconut oil), sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), essential oils and glycerin (vegetable). The scent is nice and light, not overpowering and doesn’t linger for weeks. A note of caution, I first tried the frankincense and myrh scent, but this one was very overpowering and contained fragrance in addition to essential oils. When I contacted the company they informed me they use a phthalate free fragrance. Regardless, I would just feel better avoiding all fragrance. Plus, there are so many other great options! I personally buy mine from Amazon, because PRIME!
The last piece to my clothes cleaning arsenal is a product called Rockin Green Funk Rock. This is a must have for getting out that sweaty stale stink from your workout clothes. Lucas found this on his hunt for how to get our workout clothes fresh smelling again. It doesn’t list the ingredients specifically, which fails on my transparency request, but this is what it says for ingredients, contains no phosphates, parabens, optical brighteners, SLS/SLES, or artificial fragrances, only biodegradable, non-toxic, cruelty-free plant based ingredients. You throw the clothes in a bucket with water, 4 Tbsp of Funk Rock and let soak for about an hour. We don’t have to do this often, but ever couple of months when we notice things building up a bit of stink.
And, there you have it! What I’m currently using and have tested out for our stinky CrossFitting, dirty boy clothes. If you have any recommendations I’d love to hear them! I still have the soap nuts on my “to try” list!
Happy clothes cleaning!