Why regular laundry detergent sucks.
Sure, detergents like Tide get your clothes clean. I can't deny that.
But the problem is that ALL laundry detergents leave a residue on the clothes after being washed, even if you can't see it.
This residue can cause a multitude of issues, such as eye or skin irritation (which is even more likely on a child's delicate skin), endocrine disruption, and allergic breakouts.
Why subject your child to this? I sure wasn't going to. Especially since you can avoid it and get MUCH better, safer and healthier detergent for basically the same price!
What makes a good laundry detergent for babies.
There are 3 key characteristics of a good detergent to use on your little one's clothes and diapers. Any good detergent is free of these chemicals and fragrances, and all of my choices fit this criteria.
In general, you'll want something that:
1. Is gentle on your baby's skin.
As I mentioned, many mainstream detergents like Tide contain a multitude of chemicals and fragrances that can irritate the skin. This is even common for adults, and:
Since babies have much more sensitive skin, they're also more susceptible to outbreaks and baby eczema caused by these detergents.
2. Is free of toxic chemicals & fragrances.
Pick up a bottle of Tide and you'll be astounded by the number of chemicals listed on the label. Things like:
- synthetic detergents (often made from petrolium)
- phenols (endocrine disrupters like BPA)
- chemical fragrance (phthalates)
- optical brighteners (benzene)
Any good, safe detergent won't contain any of this junk, and none of the ones I list will either.
3. Is effective on baby-stains.
Let's be real: you need a detergent that's effective. Poop, pee and puke stains are going to be a daily enemy, and you might be worried that natural detergents aren't going to be an effective fighter of these stains.
Never fear, though!
The great thing about this is that you don't have to lug around heavy boxes or bottles of detergent, too. When I was pregnant, I was SO glad to have a bag of Dropps. You'll be amazed at how light the package is when you hold it in your hands!
Like all of the others on my list, Dropps are free of perfumes, enzymes and dyes, and are gentle on clothes and delicates. They're great for delicate skin, and shouldn't cause any kind of skin irritation."