The average family spends approximately $20 a month on laundry detergent, as the aquatic ecosystem of this planet has been pushed to the brink by our mad dash towards whiter whites. Two-thirds of the Earth’s surface is covered with water. Only 3% of that water is fresh water and only a small percentage of that is fit for human consumption. The average home contains 25 gallons of hazardous chemicals including formaldehyde, phenolic and chlorine compounds (materials that have been found in laundry detergent).
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Many ads for laundry detergent talk about the clean smell of the clothes after using their detergent. A nice, fresh, “perfumey” smell. The problem with this is that clean clothes do not smell like perfume…perfume smells like perfume. Clean clothes have no odor at all. Many of us walk around in perfume impregnated clothes. Perfumes are chemical compounds known as aromatics. They have a tendency to weave their way into tight spaces like in our bodies and for some of us this spells trouble in the form of environmental and chemical sensitivities. Some of those red eyes and runny noses are not because of allergies, but due to the perfume and laundry detergents left behind In our clothes.