Laundry detergent is known to give negative reactions on the skin, in the lungs, and to the brain. There are chemicals used for cleaning that have been known to cause different health problems and are also bad for the environment according to the EPA. Not only is it damaging to our fresh drinking water, but it hurts aquatic animals, and stays in the environment for a long time. According to how stuff works, it can even change your body odor. It seems like there’s a benefit to looking for an alternative that is not only better for the environment but for your body.
So, a couple of years ago I developed a severe sensitivity to laundry detergents and found out I have MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity). The symptoms I’ve noticed when clothes are bothering me are a pain in my joints, constant pressure or knot in my muscle, cracking in my spine or joints popping constantly while I’m wearing the clothes, a strange dryness in my throat and having the clear my airways, and the top of my mouth becomes rough (the skin gets patchy). I searched for different laundry detergents and still haven’t found the one that works 100% of the time. I’ve used many different combinations.
These are the combinations listed of the detergents and such that I’ve tried.
- Arm & Hammer
- Gain Lysol sanitizer with laundry detergent
- Castile soap
- Baking soda
- Vinegar and baking soda together
- Castille soap and vinegar
- Hemp bar soap
- Washing soda
- Washing soda + baking soda + Castille bar soap grated into my own formula (following recipes for homemade laundry detergent).
- Amway Homecare Laundry detergent (worked as long as I used very little and was not always effective).
- Tide Laundry Detergent
Amway detergent works! I’ve been using it for all my clothes and fabrics. I only add 5 ml and it doesn’t leave a scent on my clothes. This has been a life-savor. I am officially staying with this laundry detergent for now.
Unfortunately, nothing has permanently worked. I believe the amount of detergent was so small that the detergent didn’t leave residue on the clothes. However, when I tried using more than the 5ml I smelled the soap residue and my back hurt. I am glad that it worked temporarily and I had good days but I am still in search of the best one.
Surprisingly, I came across a detergent called Allen Naturally that seems to be good for people with MCS. The company talks about its customers who are diagnosed with MCS using this product and it makes me very hopeful. They actually have a sample you can get for a couple of dollars plus shipping for you to try. Until then I will be using the same soap I have.
I’ve been using Allen’s Naturally for 3 months now. It seems to be working really well. I sometimes will use my Soap nuts to switch things up a bit. What I realize is that my clothes and the fabrics I use also have a part to play in the reactions my body gets. If the fabric itself is polyester or any other synthetic fabric that was processed with formaldehyde or some chemicals, no matter how much you wash it, the issue remains. I have been looking into buying organic fabrics instead. The only issue is that organic fabric is double the price of the common ones they have on the market. I will be creating a list of websites where I find organic fabrics to share.
If you have any experience that you would like to share about laundry detergents and how you have been able to get rid of your symptoms please let me know in the comments below.