Why Choose A Natural Laundry Detergent?

Choosing a natural laundry detergent rather than a commercial one has loads of benefits. Here are some of the reasons why you should go natural and eco-friendly.
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By Stéphanie Dion

If you are looking for a more environmentally friendly home to keep your family healthy, consider sourcing natural laundry products in an eco-friendly package to lower your carbon footprint.

Laundry is a task that never ends. Let’s do better by the planet and your family by choosing natural laundry detergent and green tools that will keep your family as safe and clean as possible without extra work. 

Commercial Laundry Detergents

According to the David Suzuki Foundation, it’s not a requirement for product manufacturers to warn about “chronic health and environmental hazards from chemicals in cleaning products”. 

That’s troubling because most of us are exposed to cleaning products and their residues every day.

It is up to you to shop smarter and buy products that use natural ingredients and as few additives as possible. You’ll definitely want to avoid any that include:

  • “Scented cleaners which may contain synthetic fragrance or parfum

  • Anti-bacterial cleaners which may contain triclosan

  • Coloured cleaners which may contain dyes.” (source)

 
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The skin is the body’s largest organ. Your clothes carry the residues of any harmful ingredient. As a result, your skin can absorb theses chemicals and enter your bloodstream.

Rural Sprout reports that the plastic container your detergent comes in “contributes to the 185 pounds of plastic each American throws away every year”. It is time for all to think on how best to reduce this number.

Natural Laundry Detergent: A viable choice

At Altus Advantage, we’ve created a variety of natural laundry detergents to get your clothes clean and give you two options to consider. 

All our options start with handmade laundry soap, made with coconut oil. This simple soap is unscented and contains no added color. The soap is naturally white, nothing added.

It’s not uncommon for homeowners to overuse bleach or detergent when laundering their clothes.

Did you know? In most commercial unscented products, there is an added fragrance that removes scents.

Our products are available in three scents: unscented (no scent added), lavender and lemon balm. The last two are essential oils that are added when the natural laundry detergent is being prepared.

They also come in either reusable packaging (glass jars) or compostable bags.

Our natural laundry detergent butter will wash your clothes, time after time. The formula for our natural detergent butter is great for sensitive skin. After washing the scent will be light, making it ideal for sensitive individuals.

Our laundry butter comes in two sizes, small (~15 loads) or large (~65 loads). The texture is thicker than commercial products, that is why you add 1 tbsp to the washer drum, then add your clothes to the washer’s drum.

At Altus Advantage, we also offer laundry detergent pack. Made with the same ingredients as the Laundry Butter, these are come in premeasured size.

These wonderful Laundry Detergent Packs are easy to use, add one or two, depending on the size of the load, to the washing machine drum, then add the clothes. 

Our natural laundry detergent cleans clothes, simplifies your life by being in packs, and it’s premeasured for small, medium and large loads.

Dryer Sheets Versus Dryer Balls

Commercial dryer sheets are highly scented and contain other chemicals that can disrupt your respiratory or reproductive systems. According to CASLE, since it’s an unregulated market, manufacturers can get away with this by not fully disclosing their ingredient list.

Also, testing is typically done on “healthy adults, and only skin reactivity is tested – not neurotoxicity, immunotoxicity, or anything else”.

This is one of the main reasons to switch to natural laundry detergents and wool dryer balls.

By adding wool dryer balls to your dryer, you can also decrease static and drying time. You can add scent by adding a few drops of essential oil to your dryer balls before running the cycle, but this is not necessary.

Conclusion

Altus Advantage offers multiple options to replace commercial with natural laundry products.

You can find them all in the Natural Home Cleaning Products category and even more products that you can add to your house’s cleaning routine.

Stéphanie Dion

Stéphanie Dion

Stephanie has been making soap and other bath and body products since 2008. She is a mother of two young adults, with one that has experience food intolerances and skin reactions to chemical products. These conditions started a path toward more natural products and lifestyle, while working full time and managing a small business.

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