For babies, children and those with sensitive skin all artificial materials, washing detergents mean unnecessary load and by changing them we can prevent redness, irritation and eczema.
The word ’sensitive’ on products only mean that the detergent is supplemented with some skin friendly additives (e.g. aloe vera) but the basic components are not changed. Our clothes become white not necessarily because they are made clean but from those optical brighteners that attach on the surface of the textile. With their faint blue colour they black out the yellowish tone.
Fabric softeners also make a coating on the material by which its moisture absorption capacity decreases and thus it hides among the fibres of the textile and get in touch with the skin.
How can we redeem these?
With some natural solutions that help saving our environment and skin, too.
– washer nuts; it does not contain any allergenic chemicals, additives and it is cheap. Soap-bark gets loose from it that cleans just as efficiently as ordinary
detergents, but it is not harmful at all. (half a kilo of washer nuts cost about 2 500 HuF, that is enough for even 100 loads of laundry! However, artificial
detergents with their 3 litres can do only 40 loads of laundry!)
– washing soda -> it is sodium carbonate, which is a super degreaser and bleach, and is completely biodegradable.
– ox bile soap -> I am using it for cleaning spots and as a preparatory solution, it cleans the most stubborn stains, too. (it is essential for washable diapers)
– instead of fabric softener we can put vinegar in the washing machine, the clothes will not have vinegar scent! I usually put 10-15 drops of essential oils
on the sachet of the washer nuts and throw it in the drum.
You can wash the washing machine itself with citric acid.