For the longest time, I was going through different laundry detergents to relieve the pain I felt in my back from Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. I’ve used everything under the sun listed below.
- Arm & Hammer
- Lysol sanitizer with laundry detergent
- Castile soap alone
- Baking soda alone
- Vinegar alone
- Vinegar and baking soda together
- Castille soap and vinegar
- Hemp bar soap alone
- Washing soda alone,
- Washing soda and baking soda with Castille bar soap grated into my own formula (following recipes for homemade laundry detergent).
Nothing worked! I was beginning to feel like I was a freak. I thought about going out and buying organic cotton clothing because I thought that was the issue. I have to say that organic cotton clothing brands are not at all affordable. I was afraid that if I bought a $60 dollar t-shirt that I’d end up not being able to wear that either, so I never followed through with purchasing it. I was becoming hopeless. Then one day, I tried a different laundry detergent that I never would have thought to try.
Moving forward, I had purchased the laundry detergent from Amway to give to my mom as a sample. I placed the laundry detergent on my washer so that I wouldn’t forget it, but it sat on my washer for 2 weeks. Each time I walked by my washer I would eyeball the laundry detergent with curiosity, wondering if I could possibly use it and have it work. One day my clothes were making me so uncomfortable that I couldn’t bear it. I grabbed all of my clothes and threw them in the washer.
I only had a few sets of clothes left because I had previously thrown away 85% of them. When you’re in a lot of pain it’s hard to think rationally. So here I was standing in front of my washer looking at my Castile liquid soap from Dr. Bronner and next to it is the Amway home care detergent. I had been trying the Castile soap for a couple of weeks and seemed to work sporadically. But it wasn’t always doing the job. I decided that I would take a chance and try the Amway detergent. I used the measuring spoon that came with it and only scooped the littlest measurement. I put the laundry to wash and stepped away feeling nervous and uncertain. To be honest with you I was afraid that I would have to rewash my whole set of laundry again. This has been the repeating pattern with all the different types of detergents that I’ve tried.
When I took the laundry out of the dryer I tried one of my nightgowns and lo and behold for the first time ever my back was not hurting at all. The next day I tried on another shirt from the pile in the laundry basket and again my back felt fine.
There are a few items of clothing that caused me a little bit of pain, that compared to the pain that I had previously it has reduced by 80%. I’m going to continue using this laundry detergent and will give you an update. If this works I will forever be loyal to this brand. For the readers, you can decide whether you would like to try it or not and I’m not saying it will work for you but this has been a blessing for me. I hope you’ll give it a try.
Full disclosure, I became a distributor of this product in October. I couldn’t work my regular job as a project manager after getting really sick and being too overwhelmed with stress. Some may have a negative feeling about the name brand and I respect everyone’s views, but it has really changed my life. I have nothing against anyone who prefers not to purchase the product due to the name but I would try it before you knock it. However, I don’t force it upon anyone.