Making the switch to natural products in your home may be a slow process, but the “why” of it is easy.
I came from a home where Tide detergent and Snuggle dryer sheets smelled next to Heavenly. As I had my own family I chose to continue the same duo for years. We played with different Tide scents and different dryer sheets.
When our boys were babies, we used Dreft for all of their clothing, blankets, and bedding. As one of the boys developed a rash, we switched to Tide free and gentle.
We eventually all started using the same detergent, sometimes causing rashes (even on me). And the dryer sheets just felt like a waste, throwing them away. I tried to reuse them when I noticed them collecting.
Now starting on a natural living journey, I realize there are more options. And although it may feel strange, it’s time to ditch the dyes and harsh detergents. It’s time to switch to a more natural, less wasteful, and more mindful way of doing laundry.
Guys, I was so excited when I realized there are plant-based detergents and wool dryer balls. I don’t consider myself a hippie whatsoever, but I do love products that come from directly from the Earth. I love that they’re safe, simple, and genuine.
Skimming the store for one to test out was a little overwhelming, but ECOS caught my eye. I could see right through the container and noticed that it was clear. I read the label a bit, and before I decided to buy, I looked up the ratings online. This one averaged 4/5 on Amazon from over hundreds of reviews. So I brought it home and decided to try it out and do some more research.
Here’s what ECOS laundry detergent claims about the detergent I bought:
- plant-derived ingredients (6 total ingredients)
- “tough on dirt”
- PH safe
- greywater and septic safe
- made without dyes, parabens, phosphates, phthalates
- built-in with fabric softener
- 128 oz. bottle can do up to 128 loads of laundry HE loads/64 standard loads
- approximately $8.98 per bottle
But I don’t quite believe everything in stores, because I know a thing or two about marketing. And labels tend to be very misleading in order for companies to collect some sales. How hard could research on 6 ingredients be after all.
Here’s what’s in that detergent:
- Water (which being listed first, tells me that there’s more of this than any other ingredient) All good there!
- Cocamidopropyl Betaine (coconut oil surfactant)
- Sodium Coco Sulfate (isolated fatty acid from coconut oil)
- Cocamidopralyamine Oxide (foam booster)
- Phenoxylethanol (anitbacterial)
- Methylisothiazolinone (preservative)
I researched the individual ingredients here on this online database:
And this is what I learned about what’s inside the bottle of ECOS. Although it’s plant-derived, it’s not free and clear of toxins. Natural chemicals like the coconut products were processed in a way that work best for fluffly, soft laundry. However they may still irritate your skin, eyes, and disrupt other functions in your body.
Still, overall, is ECOS a better alternative to big brands?
[Shoutout to the girls who introduced me to essential oils and “Think Dirty” app!]
Actually, according to the “Think Dirty” app, ECOS just as a toxic as the big brands, if not more toxic.
Ratings of toxicity on detergents (1-10, 10 being the most toxic):
Tide original N/R
Tide free and gentle 5/10
Tide pureclean 5/10
ECOS hypoallergenic 8/10
The Think Dirty app reccomends:
Soapberrry Suds 0/10
Branch Basics 0/10
The Soap Works 0/10
ALL free and clear 3/10
SEVENTH GENERATION 3/10
HONEST COMPANY 3/10
I absolutely loved ECOS for the mildness, how amazingly soft our clothes turned out, and the price. But, I think the journey to find a nontoxic detergent at a great price is continuing on.
What about dryer sheets and fabric softner?
Actually those are some of the most toxic ingredients to add to your laundry. And the worst part is those chemicals sit on your skin, which is your biggest organ. So when it comes to wool dryer balls, those are always the best choice for laundry! Just add a few drops of your favorite essential oils for freshness!
Go check out the Think Dirty app for more recommend nontoxic products!
For a DIY detergent, read this post about Homemade Laundry Detergent.