“I don’t have any scents on me,” says the person that is covered in laundry detergent and dryer sheet chemicals. Ever walk behind someone on the street and the chemicals they have on are so strong that you can taste them. How about the nice chemical fragrances from your neighbour’s drier exhaust that are being pumped outside while you’re sitting on your back deck trying to enjoy some clean fresh air. These are just the little things that we breathe in every day without even thinking about what they are dong to us.
These chemicals that are found in laundry detergents, fabric softeners and dryer sheets are made to bond to your clothes and make them smell “fresh” for weeks. They even advertise this fact on TV commercials to boost sales. Ever take off your fresh chemically washed clothes and smelled your skin. Yes, that’s right, the chemicals also bond to your skin and make you smell fresh too – not that you want to smell like laundry chemicals.
The funny thing is that when most people go shopping for laundry detergents one of the major factors that determine which product they buy is the actual smell. Whether it is “Mountain Fresh” or “Spring Clean” what you may actually be smelling is formaldehyde or at least one carcinogen. These chemicals may also cause respiratory issues in children such as asthma. Ever wonder why you don’t see a list of ingredients on most laundry soaps?
If the companies that manufacture these products actually cared about our health and not just profits they would find others ways to make our clothes clean without using artificial chemical scents that are cheap to produce. They would use natural essential oils instead. Like the ones you find in laundry soaps made by companies that actually care about the environment and your health – companies like Seventh Generation or Dr Bronner that don’t use harmful chemicals.
Why not save some money and make your own soap by using 2 parts washing soda, 2 parts Borax and 1 part grated Dr Bronner’s soap. Just put them in a container and shake to mix them before use. Use about 1/4 cup per large load. We also like adding some hydrogen peroxide to our white loads for that extra cleaning power.
We even have gone one step further and implemented a no scent policy that we follow in our home and at work. We have also taken the time to make sure that we have no VOC’s in the air at both the office and at home by using zero VOC paint and making sure that any furniture and building materials are not off-gassing.
Let us know your thoughts on this “stinky” topic. What have you done to eliminate chemical odours on you or in your home?