Photo by Jess Legaspi

Most people have no idea that laundry detergent and fabric softener are two of the most toxic things they have in their home. 

Not only is it harmful to our skin, our respiratory system, and endocrine system but it’s horrible for our environment. Where does that detergent, softener, and water go while our washing machine is running? Back into our water system and environment. Yuck!!

As I’ve said before, the ingredient “fragrance” alone is a code and catch-all word for “there’s more chemicals in here that we don’t have to disclose.”
Diethylene Glycol is chemically broken down in the body into toxic compounds. It and its toxic byproducts first affect the central nervous system (CNS), then the heart, and finally the kidneys. 

These are just 2 toxic ingredients of concern in popular store-bought detergents. There are more. Many detergents and fabric softeners have ingredients that are intended to stick around in the fabric making them
softer and “smell better”. These are chemicals that sit on your skin all day
and all night long… and will off-gas in your closet and drawers. Whether they come into contact with your skin or through inhaling it into your lungs, these chemicals are getting into your body.


If you have babies or children, you must know that their skin is thinner and more permeable than adults. They will absorb things even faster than us, and their systems are more delicate. These toxic chemicals are a hindrance to their liver, nervous system, lungs, skin, endocrine system and reproductive system.

We have other, safer options. When we know better, we do better. I no longer wonder if my detergent is safe for my family or the environment.

Thieves Laundry Soap is free from SLS, dyes, petrochemicals, formaldehyde, phosphates, synthetic perfume, and optical brighteners. The cool thing too is that because this is so concentrated, you can get 2 bottles from this one when you add 3 capfuls of Thieves Household Cleaner and 16 oz. of distilled water to half the bottle. (Store the other half for later.)

Photo by Jess Legaspi

My favorite DIY recipe for FABRIC SOFTENER:

  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 2 cups distilled water
  • 1/8 cup vegetable glycerin
  • 20 drops of essential oils

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