When most people try to live healthier lives, they think about the food they eat and the bath and body products they use. But cleaning products are another major category worth considering. The cleaning products used on your clothes, dishes, and home play a role in healthy living.
Here are eight reasons why you should use a natural goat milk laundry soap.
1. Natural laundry soap is not a detergent.
Most commercial products designed to clean your clothes aren’t soap at all but are instead detergents. Commercial laundry detergents use synthetic chemicals to mimic the cleaning action of real soap such as our natural goat milk laundry soap which is free of these synthetic chemicals.
2. Natural laundry soap doesn't contain nasty chemicals.
There are many chemicals in your average bottle of commercial laundry detergent. Some of these chemicals are banned in Europe and may even be classified as carcinogenic. A few of them include:
- 1,4-Dioxane, a possible carcinogen that is not always listed on the label.
- NPE (Nonylphenol Ethoxylate) mimics estrogen and can cause hormone and reproductive problems. It is banned in Canada and Europe.
- Phosphates which are harmful to the environment.
- Sodium Hypochlorite (Bleach) which is harmful to the skin.
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, an irritant to skin and the respiratory system.
- Phenols which are easily absorbed and possibly toxic to human embryos and fetuses.
- Fragrances that may contain parabens and phthalates which are harmful.
- Sulfuric acid surfactants which are harmful to eyes and skin and the environment.
These are just a few examples of common ingredients in your average bottle of laundry detergent.
3. Natural laundry soap doesn't leave chemical residue on your clothes.
Commercial laundry detergents also often contain optical brighteners that are not necessarily listed on the label. Optical brighteners use various chemicals that are designed to trick your eyes into believing your clothes are brighter and whiter than they are in reality.
For them to work as intended, they need to bind to the fibers of your clothing so they can continue to make your clothes look cleaner than they are. And because they resist heat and bleach, they don't wash away. You are left with a chemical residue on your sheets, towels, and clothes.
4. Natural laundry soap is not irritating to your skin.
Unlike commercial laundry detergents, natural laundry soap is designed to thoroughly clean your laundry and then completely rinse away. If you wash your clothes in commercial laundry detergent, all those chemical ingredients that bind to your clothes are then rubbing continuously on your skin.
Our skin is not a complete barrier. Instead it is permeable and can absorb chemicals and toxins that commercial laundry detergent can introduce. The chemicals can also cause skin irritations and rashes as well as eczema. A natural laundry soap can protect you from this irritation.
5. Natural laundry soap is safer for your lungs.
Most commercial laundry detergents are filled with synthetic fragrances that as previously mentioned, bind to your clothes. When your clothes are heated in the dryer, the scent comes through very strongly. As you breathe these chemicals in, they can irritate your respiratory system.
6. Natural laundry soap is better for the environment.
Not only are the chemicals in commercial laundry detergent potentially harmful to your skin and your health, but they are harmful to the environment. Many of the chemicals leach into your laundry wastewater and discharge through the sewer systems into the environment. They have been shown to harm freshwater fish and other aquatic life and contaminate the environment with high levels of chemicals.
7. Natural laundry soap is safe for your septic system.
If you have a septic system, natural laundry soap can be better for it than commercial laundry detergents. Many powdered commercial laundry soaps are full of abrasive chemicals and fillers that don't break down easily. These can clog or harm your septic system.
Natural laundry soap doesn't use any of these ingredients and we personally used it in our septic system for over ten years with no ill effects.
8. Natural laundry soap safely and effectively cleans your clothes.
The main goal of using a laundry product is to get your clothes clean. A natural laundry soap doesn't rely on chemicals to trick your eyes into thinking your clothes are cleaner than they actually are. And a natural laundry soap doesn't rely on tricking your nose into thinking your clothes smell cleaner than they actually do.
A natural laundry soap actually does a great job cleaning your clothes safely and effectively. Because it is a soap, it works by binding to the dirt and oil on your clothes and completely and thoroughly washing it all away. So it leaves your clothes actually clean, instead of artificially looking and smelling good.
You can visit the goat milk laundry soap page to see the ingredients used in the laundry soap and how much is required to keep your clothes clean. Here are several reviews about the goat milk laundry soap:
“Love the laundry soap. It has a pleasant fragrance and leaves the clothes smelling fresh and clean. Thank you for coming up with all these different uses for the goat milk. Keep up the good work”
"I’m allergic to most soaps out there. This is a wonderful soap that makes my clothes clean and fresh without all the perfumes and other additions that you don’t need. Love it!"
"I’ve been using Goat Milk Laundry Soap for a couple of years now. It does a great job without added chemicals, scents, or dyes. You only need a small amount to get a large load clean, so the refill size lasts a long time. I feel like I’m doing a good deed for myself and my family, but also for the environment.
P.S. I’m also really pleased with the stain stick. It gets even old and stubborn stains out!"
"Works great! I have made my own detergent in the past but this is definitely better and lasts a long time.”
“I have just begun the journey into all natural detergent and have so far been honestly surprised by the difference. My clothes feel cleaner, they do not have the slightly slick feeling that they had when I washed with my unscented liquid detergent. I can feel the fibers of my clothes which to me feels like they lost the buildup of whatever ingredient in my normal soap has been them in. My itchy skin that could be a combination of the goat milk soap use and the lotion. Either way something is working. Good products from a company I can respect.”