How to Do Laundry Naturally

Another way to reduce your general toxic load is by doing different things with your laundry! 

Laundry can be a huge source of toxicity for our bodies because the clothes we wear are with us constantly. Additionally, the sheets you sleep on are with you for hours! We’re on them all night, every night. If we have chemicals or artificial scents in those things, it can bring a lot of toxicity to our bodies.

Here are a few things I have learned and implemented!

First, there is chlorine in the city water that you are using, and chlorine can be a fume chemical that is affecting your body. Chlorine can even cause your clothes to break down. When I moved into my current house, I was getting holes into my clothes. I realized the chlorine in my water was much higher! I found an RV chlorine filter and set it up on my washer. It’s really simple! You just change it out after a certain number of months and it takes the chlorine out of the water. Currently, I only have it hooked up to the cold water because that’s the temperature I use. You can find also find filters rated for certain degrees of hot as well.

The second thing to consider is to have a top-loading washer instead of a front-loading washer. Front loading washers tend to have mold. It’s almost impossible to let them dry out all the way. We don’t want to be adding any kind of mold fungus to our bodies. When you have a top loader, you can also use different detergents than are available with a front loader.  Try soap nuts! These are especially great if you’re very sensitive or want to avoid all chemicals. They are natural nuts from trees that you suds up and pour into the top loader. There are many other options. I currently use DoTerra Laundry Detergent. It’s an enzymatic detergent. Grease, oils, and fats on our clothes can be hard to get out but with the enzymatic detergent, they’re not.

In general, it is important to find a brand that doesn’t have fragrances, even natural fragrances.  This allows our brain to rest a little bit and allows us to smell things properly. In turn, this allows us to make better food choices than if we have our olfactory system tuned out because we’re overwhelmed by scents around us. (This is called olfactory fatigue, adaptation, or noseblindness.) If you do use a scent, use pure therapeutic essential oils. Sometimes, I use Purify as well as white vinegar. These can be great tools to get the scents out of your clothes! 

If you happen to use a dryer and you want an added scent to your clothing, you can add those essential oils to a drier ball that you put in with your clothes to keep them soft. I recommend never using dryer sheets. Dryer sheets are one of the most problematic parts of doing laundry in terms of adding toxins to our body. 

You can also not use a dryer! I don’t have a dryer. My clothes are on a rack and I either will put them in a room, or outside if the weather’s nice. Having those sundried clothes is wonderful! Even if you don’t have access to a clothesline that’s permanent, you can have a mobile, collapsible racks that can help you dry your clothes inside or outside.

I hope these are all helpful tips for you in learning how to reduce your general toxic load related to washing, drying, and laundering your clothes!

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