Say NO to Chemicals – Big Brands EXPOSED!
Delighted to have this blog post by Jodie at Between Green
The surge in popularity of chemical filled bottles of plastic with mind bending names such as “Midnight perfection and an ‘Instagram worthy home’ it’s easy to ignore the truth behind the ingredients being used faster than stores can fill the shelves.
The average household contains around 62 TOXIC chemicals from the most obvious; oven cleaners, to the not so obvious; sensitive laundry detergent. With research showing that these chemicals are as bad for our lungs as smoking cigarettes let’s have a real good look at what’s inside.
Most shockingly to me was the chemicals in ‘baby-safe’ products such as Johnson&Johnson Baby Shampoo and sensitive fabric softeners.
The iconic yellow bottle of ‘No More Tears’ is instantly recognisable but what might not be so clear is the use of dioxane and quaternium-15 which are known formaldehyde releasing substances. Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen which you may know are believed to cause cancer.
Say NO to these companies focussed purely on profits not people by choosing a sulphate & palm free, vegan and sensitive skin friendly (including your perfect little baby) shampoo and body bar.
Made with coconut derived gentle cleansers and contain organic Shea butter and Argan oil, these solid bars lather so easily that a little goes a long way so bath time is quick and easy without the hassle of holding a slippery bottle and slippery baby! (Find them here: https://between-green.com/product/handmade-shampoo-bars/ )
Next, Fabric softeners with their cute animals on the packaging and snuggly baby blankets are hiding shocking ingredients. Fabric softeners and dryer sheets are not required by law to list all their ingredients on the label so here’s a list of what you could find:
- Benzyl Alcohol
- Benzyl Acetate
- Ethyl Acetate
Together these chemicals can cause a host of health problems including respiratory problems, central nervous system problems, eye irritation, dizziness, headaches and nausea.
Also, just to let you know several of these ingredients are on the EPA’s hazardous waste list.
So when you take a long sniff of your fresh laundry you are probably inhaling a cocktail of toxic chemicals. Not to mention what is being absorbed through your skin when wearing your clothes.
Now you are shocked, horrified and eager to switch up your laundry routine – where do you start?
Luckily I’ve done the hard work for you! I’ve tried a lot of different ‘eco-friendly’ ‘natural’ laundry products for me and the rest of my family of 4, including 2 teenagers (I point this out purely to focus the need for effective cleaning, deodorising and scent!)
So instead of pouring that bright green/blue/pink/purple liquid in the washer drawer or grab the liquid tabs for throwing in the drum, take a look at Laundry Detergent Sheets!
Each laundry strip packs ultra-concentrated, hypoallergenic, eco-friendly cleaning power into a tiny, pre-measured strip of liquidless laundry detergent that you just toss in the wash. Its low-sudsing formula works in all types of washing machines, including high-efficiency (HE).
They also cut down on the clutter under the sink with ultra-efficient packaging. No bigger than a large letter en
velope in size and thickness, you can fit over 400
loads worth of Tru Earth Eco-Strips in the same space as a single 100 load jug of traditional detergent. The cardboard packaging is more widely and easily recycled than plastic bottles and tubs that are dumped into landfills or floating in our precious oceans affecting land and marine life.
I’m honest and I will disclose that Tru Earth Eco-Strips are manufactured in Canada. FEAR NOT, I’ve found Simple Living Eco that make laundry strips right here in the UK!
100% natural, vegan-friendly and cruelty-free and made from coconut oil, coconut oil extract and deionized water they are great for babies and sensitive skin.
Isn’t it time we said NO to chemicals and YES to natural cleaners that work effectively, save the planet, save money and save yourself from chemical inducing health issues?
I’d love to see you over on my social media platforms where I share all my favourite top tips, expose more big brands and show you how easy it is to be eco-friendly no matter who, what, where, why or when! You can also find my website and other blog posts at: www.between-green.com
Find all Simple Living Eco Laundry Products here including the laundry sheets and my other favourite, Natural Stain Remover Bar!
or use the code JODIC5 at checkout