I hope you all had a great weekend. Â I don’t know about you, but most weekends I end up playing catch up on laundry! Â So I thought it would be appropriate to make today’s post about Melaleuca’s laundry detergent.
Each “Melaleuca Monday” post is meant to EDUCATE not to scare, even though the facts about ingredients found in name brand products can be down right scary sometimes!
As I have mentioned before, we changed over all of our household products to Melaleuca shortly after our baby was born. Â We have been living in a “toxin free” home for exactly 1 year now and have been very satisfied with our decision to switch from name brand to Melaleuca. Â This includes changing all of our laundry products (detergent, stain remover, softener, color brightener, wrinkle release, and washing machine cleaner) to Melaleuca’s EcoSense line.
Shortly after bringing home our first child from the hospital, we discovered that the Dreft Laundry Detergent and ALL Free & Clear we were using, was making our son break out bad! Â I was SO upset after finding out about all of the harsh chemicals and toxins found in name brand laundry detergents that we had been using for years…
The following facts about laundry detergents were found here.
1. Surfactants Cause Skin Irritation
2. Many are Endocrine Disruptors
3. Theyâ€™re Bad for the Environment
4. Laundry Pods â€“ A Higher Health Risk for Children
5. You Only Need a Little
6. Laundry Detergent Allergies are on the Rise
Not only did I no longer want our skin to be exposed to these harsh chemicals and toxins but I did NOT want to take the chance of our child accidentally ingesting them! Â I’m sure you have all heard stories on the news of numerous kids getting a hold of a laundry pod, putting it in their mouth, and ending up in the hospital because of the chemicals they ingested. Â Why would we keep something like this laying around our homes if it isn’t necessary!?! Â Here is a story that was on the Today Show about a little girl that this happened to. Â So sad and scary! (Warning, the picture of her laying in her ICU hospital bed is heart breaking!)
After reading all of this, it was very clear to me what changes I needed to make to protect my family and our health.
|We use the Scent Free MelaPower detergent (great for our baby’s eczema!) and the Pre-Spot stain remover for our laundry.
(I plan to do a future post on the stain removers, fabric softeners, fabric fresheners, and wrinkle releaser)
|Island Breeze (my favorite!!!)|
I’m not going to lie, at first when we made the switch, I was concerned that because we were choosing to use something less “harsh” and more organic, there was a chance it wasn’t going to work as well. Â But I have been pleasantly surprised! Â Take a look at this “head-to-head” study that Melaleuca did comparing how well Melapower, Tide, Method, and Green Works detergents removed soils from clothing….
|Image found on the Melaleuca journal. Â Click here for full article|
The following information came from Melaleuca’s website..
Some leading â€œcolor-safeâ€ bleaches fade and wear out your clothes. NotÂ MelaBrite. Even after 25 days of soaking in pureÂ MelaBriteÂ 6x, a wool sock is still as brilliant as ever. CloroxÂ® 2 faded and deteriorated the sock. Chlorine bleach dissolved the sock completely!Â Â Bleach isÂ a popular way to brighten clothes and keep odors at bay. In fact, almost 250 million gallons of chlorine bleach are sold in the U.S. every year. But chlorine bleach takes its toll in your home and on your clothes. It eats away at fabric, wearing it out fast. And Poison Control Centers receive more calls about chlorine bleach than about any other household cleaning product. With no chlorine bleach,Â MelaBriteÂ 6x is safer for your home and wonâ€™t wear out your clothes.