Choosing chemical free eco friendly detergents is kinder to your families skin as well as the environment so itâ€™s a win-win if you are looking to move towards a healthier, cleaner more sustainable lifestyle. Babameâ€™s laundry and cleaning range includes eco-friendly detergent thatâ€™s designed to care for all your laundry including cloth diapers, as well as green alternatives for cleaning cloths and scourers.
Conventional detergents and cleaning products often contain harsh petrochemicals and toxins that are linked to a whole host of diseases and skin conditions not to mention their negative environmental effects. Yet nature has provided many natural cleaning agents such as baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice that are more than likely already on your grocery list and soap nut which have been used for hundreds of years to clean clothes and skin in a gentle and natural way.
Treat your washing machine and tumble dryer to a bit of an eco overhaul with our Bumgenius eco friendly laundry detergent and dryer balls or the Green Frog Botanic laundry soap nuts.
The Bumgenius laundry liquid is a concentrated detergent that is tough on stains and gentle on your clothes. Itâ€™s sulphate and phosphate free, doesnâ€™t contain optical brighteners, dyes or fragrances and is made using all natural biodegradable ingredients, plus itâ€™s hypoallergenic so makes a great baby detergent and is perfect for those with sensitive skin. The concentrated formula means a little goes a long way and natural enzymes are the perfect solution for efficient stain removal without bleach.
Bumgenius 100% natural wool tumble dryer balls (no plastic here) are designed to reduce drying time by up to 20%, as well as remove the need for fabric softener. About the size of tennis balls they reduce wrinkles, so less ironing, and are great for keeping towels and sheets soft and smooth. Simply pop them in the tumble dryer with your clothes and off you go. You can even add a few drops of essential oils to gentle scent your clothes if you miss the fragrances. If you have a washer and dryer in one you need to add the dryer balls for the dryer part of the cycle only.
Alternatively the Green Frog Soap nuts are one of mother nature's hidden gems. The ultimate in environmentally friendly cleaning, the seeds of the soap nut tree can also be used to make natural soap and shampoo, and have been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries to treat sensitive skin and scalps. And donâ€™t worry if you have nut allergies, they are actually a berry or fruit related to the lychee so are perfectly safe.
Soapberries are grown sustainably in the foothills of the Himalayas and have some really great properties when it comes to cleaning your clothes. Naturally hypoallergenic and free of chemicals they are antibacterial, antifungal and make a great eczema friendly fabric softener.
The naturally occurring saponin acts as a surfactant which breaks the surface tension of the water, creating a natural lather and gently lifting away dirt, grease and stains. The pack comes with a muslin bag to use in the machine and a 500g bag will do about 50 washes so they are great value. Soap nuts require warm water to work so if you use a cold wash you will need to soak the berries in hot water first to activate them. Again these are unscented so why not try adding a few drops of essential oil to water and spritz clothes are they are drying to give a lovely natural scent.
Even if you have managed to ditch the chemicals you still need something to clean with. The Safix Scourer is a great alternative to those green topped scrubby sponges for doing the dishes. Itâ€™s made from coconut hair bonded with natural latex, is non-scratch, kind to hands and fully compostable at the end of its life. The fact that itâ€™s non absorbent means it won't be harbouring any nasty germs like a traditional sponge, plus its also great for scrubbing veggies or even feet.
The Bamboo Super Cloths live up to their name. Great for cleaning everything from grubby faces to pots and pans you could keep one in your wash bag as well as your cleaning cupboard. The super soft bamboo fibres are great for lifting dirt and grime from all surfaces while at the same time being soft and gentle.