Saturday, March 29, 2008

The GFCF Laundry Room


When I first learned about the GFCF diet, I heard people talking about cross-contamination issues and making their homes chemical-free, and, honestly, I thought they were a little nutty. But here I am, six months into this thing, and I must say, I now have chemical-free soaps, shampoos, lotions, kitchen cleaners, and laundry stuff. I can't tell you quantitatively what this has done for my family, but I must say I just FEEL better knowing that my household stuff is non-toxic.

I've tried a few laundry detergents in my life, and I always went back to regular ol' Tide. Well, a few months ago, my kids were both complaining of being itchy, itchy, itchy. I posted about this on the GFCFKids yahoo group, and people asked about my laundry detergent. So I switched to the "free and clear" stuff, and the itchies went away.

Currently, my laundry room is stocked with Ecos laundry detergent and Mrs. Meyers laundry sheets (lavender and lemon). The Mrs. Meyers stuff is expensive, but I really like the way it smells. And I love the Ecos laundry detergent. Everything comes out feeling so soft and fresh...not heavily scented. Just fresh. I feel so happy folding laundry now because I feel like I'm doing something to help keep my kids' environment clean. (okay, that sounds really dorky!)

Ecos is so non-toxic that they even post their material safety data sheet (MSDS) online [click HERE]. I thought this was interesting, so I found the MSDS for Tide [click HERE] -- what a difference!!!

2 comments:

~M said...

Hi Tori,

Can you recommend a non-toxic glass/surface cleaner? I tried the Seventh Generation free and clear glass and surface cleaner, but it doesn't do a very good job. Thanks!

~M

Tori said...

Hi there. I don't do windows! haha! So I know nothing about glass cleaner. But for surface cleaner (our table, daily kitchen counters), I use a Whole Foods brand liquid soap, kind of like the Dr. Bronners castille soaps.

- Tori :)

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