In the current issue of Natural Home & Garden, we featured an article on creating a nontoxic laundry room (I also blogged about it recently on Care2). It’s a space we might not often think about as we strive to create a healthy home, but the laundry room might be one of the more toxic places in your home. Researchers have found dryer vents can emit more than 25 VOCs (volatile organic compounds–chemicals that disperse into the air at room temperature) when scented laundry products are used. (Read 14 tips for a healthier laundry room.) Also keep in mind that chemical-laden laundry detergents make their way into our water supplies where they, at best, are filtered out in energy-intensive water treatment plants and, at worst, pollute groundwater and local waterways.
Fortunately, there are many better options. You can make your own simple laundry detergent following this recipe, but if you’d prefer someone else to do the detergent creation for you, you’re in luck! Several manufacturers create detergents and other laundry products that are healthier for our families and the planet. We tested a range of detergents and chose five of our favorites for the second of our regular Natural Home & Garden “Editors’ Picks” post.
My favorite was Biokleen’s Citrus Laundry Liquid. It smells fantastic and leaves clothes with a mild sweet citrusy scent. More important, it’s free of phosphates and chlorine and superconcentrated, so a little goes a long way (and it’s suitable for HE machines).
Our other four picks include Method Ultra-Concentrated Laundry Detergent, Eco-Me “Emma” Laundry Soap, Seventh Generation 4X Laundry Detergent and BerryPlus Soapberries. You can read much more about all of our picks here. I know you all have natural and homemade laundry favorites. Please share and we’ll add them to our list for next time!