By Stephanie Malangone
Not all laundry detergents are created equally. In fact, many of them contain harsh chemicals that not only can be bad for your children’s skin, but will make your organic kids clothes fade and deteriorate after use and over time. The Consumer Products Safety Commission does regulate laundry detergents, but believe it or not, does not require them to list all ingredients on the bottle, so you have no idea what you may be soaking your clothes in! Below is a basic guide to how to care for organic kids clothes, including organic cleaning supplies and other helpful tips.
Follow Care Instructions
You know those care tags on the inside of your organic kids clothes? Why not give them a read? Each article of clothing, especially organic clothing, is unique, and what better place than the care tag to see if this particular item needs hand washing, or tumble dry low. In addition, you might want to become a little more stringent on separating your colors when doing laundry. Because organic kids clothes are more likely to deteriorate and fade than other clothing, separating the laundry not only by dark and light but adding a “very light” pile will help to increase their shelf life.
Choosing a Laundry Detergent
Although choosing organic cleaning supplies can be a daunting task (especially now that you know not every ingredient has to be listed on the bottle!), some basic phrases to look for on the packaging are “fragrance free” and “phosphate free.” We’ve also rounded up a few laundry detergent brand names for you to look out for that can most likely be found in the organic cleaning supplies aisle of your grocery store. Check them out on your next visit:
- Honest Free and Clear
- Planet by Ultra
- Sun and Earth Unscented
Making Your Own Laundry Detergent
If choosing one of the above organic cleaning supplies just doesn’t feel safe enough for your child, you can always make your own natural laundry detergent at home. Homemade products can be natural, and fun to make! It’s easy, cheap and basically as additive-free as you can get, since you’re the one adding ingredients. Plus – you know exactly what goes in and don’t have to worry about any mystery ingredients not printed on the bottle. Here is a simple recipe for your own natural laundry detergent:
- Pick your own natural, unscented soap that you are comfortable with coming in contact with you and your child’s skin. Maybe buy a bar and test it out in the bath for a few weeks to make sure it causes no skin irritation. Cut up into small chunks, and fill about one cup.
- Mix 1 cup of natural, unscented soap chunks together with the following:
- 1 cup washing soda
- ½ cup baking soda
- Hot water
- Optional: add any essential oil that you enjoy the scent of or feeling of on your skin
- Remove any ingredients that you do not feel comfortable adding to your laundry detergent.
Caring for your organic kids clothes sounds like a whole other chore within itself, but it is actually very easy once you gain the right organic cleaning supplies. Whether this is an organic, alternative detergent in the grocery store or your very own blend, finding the right match for you and your family is the most essential part of caring for your organic kids clothes.