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Baby Laundry Detergents

By March 10, 2020No Comments

? Baby week ? – Baby laundry detergents
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“Pound for pound, kids are exposed to more contaminants in air, water, food and personal care products than adults. Immature organ systems are often less capable of fending off chemical assaults.” EWG (1)

Just because it is marketed as a baby detergent, does NOT mean it’s the best choice for your baby.

Babies can use the same laundry detergent as you do, as long as you are using a good one.

When buying a baby laundry detergent (or any laundry detergent) find ones without:

1️⃣ Phthalates – these are found in the fragrance. These are endocrine disruptors.
2️⃣ 1,4-dioxane a byproduct of certain chemicals. The EPA has classified 1,4-dioxane as a Group B2, probable human carcinogen. (2)
3️⃣ Artificial dyes
4️⃣ SLES – can sometimes have the by product 1,4 dioxane.

Many VOCs have also been found to be emitted by scented laundry detergents. VOCs are volatile organic compounds that easily become vapors or gases.

A University of Washington study tested scented laundry products and showed that “nearly 100 volatile organic compounds were emitted” and none were listed on the product label. The EPA lists the adverse health effects of VOC’s as ranging from headaches to liver and central nervous system damage. (3,4)

If you want to use baking soda, I use 1 cup of it with essentials oils for a scent. I put it in the powder soap dispenser of my machine. You can also add vinegar or Castile soap if needed.
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Other good options not shown are ones bought online like Norwex, Thieves, and Onguard from Doterra.

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Sources

1. https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/contents/top-tips/
2. https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2014-03/documents/ffrro_factsheet_contaminant_14-dioxane_january2014_final.pdf
3. https://www.washington.edu/news/2008/07/23/toxic-chemicals-found-in-common-scented-laundry-products-air-fresheners/
4. https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/volatile-organic-compounds-impact-indoor-air-quality

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