Healthy Cleaning on a Budget….Part 2

Yesterday, I discussed Basic H2, an all-purpose cleaner that was Safe, Green, Effective, and very cheap!  Today, I want to discuss LAUNDRY!

When you are expecting a baby, you read all the information about washing children’s clothes with special detergent in order to avoid chemicals and irritate their skin.  Or maybe you use cloth diapers and buy a separate detergent to meet those needs.  Maybe you buy whatever is on sale.  What about those HE washing machines and buying the proper detergent for those.  There are some many reasons people buy certain laundry detergent.  What if you could meet any and all your needs with one detergent?

REALLY?!?!  One detergent that is safe, chemical free, and gentle enough for the newborn.  One detergent that does not cause sudsy build-up in your amazing HE washing machine.  One detergent that is perfect for cloth diapers.  One detergent that is effective on those tough football or baseball stains (Or spaghetti hand prints all over dad’s work shirt).  One product that can clean it all, in any machine, that is safe, non-toxic, and affordable!  Could it exist?  It does!

Shaklee Fresh Laundry is WONDERFUL!

First–why does it matter if your laundry detergent, softener, or stain removal is non-toxic?  What is so bad about it….I mean you wash it off, right?  Actually, many of the toxins stay on your clothes!  When we changed all our cleaning products to Shaklee, we took our oldest son, Jamie, off his allergy meds.  I am confident laundry was one of the products adding to his allergy problems.  How do I know this?   Because laundry was the main change (only change) I truly made for a month or two!

Have you seen some of the chemicals in common laundry products and what they can do?  Did you know that it could cause your eczema, allergies, or even aggravate your asthma?  Did you know it could effect your fertility?  There are links to hormone and reproductive effects of some of these chemicals!  Check out this list on chemicals to avoid in laundry products.  What you put in your washing machine stays on your clothes!  Some chemicals in our laundry detergents are banned in other countries!

So you are thinking–“I am okay.  I use Free and Clear” or “I buy from the Honest Company” or “I use Seventh Generation”  These are great companies.  I am not here to bash any of them.  But have you checked their ratings or ingredients?  The Environmental Working Group gave the Honest Company’s Stain remover an “F” rating due to some concerns in allergies, asthma, and skin irritations, and HIGH concerns in reproductive toxicity!  They received a “C” rating for the Free and Clear detergent because “May contain ingredients with potential for acute aquatic toxicity; respiratory effects; damage to vision.”  Seventh Generation’s Concentrated Free and Clear received a “D” rating, stating, “May contain ingredients with potential for acute aquatic toxicity; developmental/endocrine/reproductive effects; respiratory effects”

WOW….we are washing our clothes, our children’s clothes with this?

So–is there something SAFE out there that is AFFORDABLE and works?

SHAKLEE Fresh Laundry is:

Natural

Biodegradable

Concentrated

Hypoallergenic

No phosphates

No chlorine

Here is s great document on Shaklee’s Fresh Laundry Concentrate!

I have established how great it is, but is it affordable?!?!?!

Remember my post from yesterdayI broke everything down using coupons.  Well, let’s do the math again!

Tide Free and Gentle                    Shaklee Fresh Laundry
56 oz.                                             5.5 lbs (That’s 88 oz.)
40 loads                                          88 loads OR MORE
On sale with Coupons $5.50        $18.10 (membership price)
$0.14/load                                      $0.20/load

Now…I know what you are thinking–“Amber, that is $0.06 more a load!”  Technically, yes!  But I have to tell you that I do not use 1 oz. per load.  I use HALF an oz. or an ounce for kids’ dirty dirty clothes!  So, I really personally get about 120 loads.  Now let’s do the math….$0.15/load.

So–it’s is not necessarily cheaper IF you coupon.  If you do not coupon and get the best deals, it is definitely cheaper!  AND it is SAFE, Environmentally Friendly and can be used on HE, regular, front-load, top-load, and all clothes!

Shaklee’s other amazing product is Nature Bright
This can be used a pretreatment for stains, brighter in the wash, carpet cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, shower cleaner, grout cleaner, and much more!  As you see, it is more than just for laundry!  Check out this great post on how effective it can be and what it can be used for.

Since it is so versatile, I cannot accurately compare it.  BUT…I will try a little:)

Shout Triple-Acting Stain Remover        Nature Bright
30 oz                                                       32 oz
Price with coupons $1.75                         $9.30 (membership price)
Price per galloon $7.32                             $2.33/galloon
(mix 2 T per 16 oz. water)

Clorox Bleach for Colors                      Nature Bright
77 oz                                                        32 oz
27 loads (according to site)                      64 loads (1 T)
Price with coupons $8.00                        $9.30 (membership price)
$0.30 per load                                         $0.15 per load

Finally–Fabric Softener
To be honest, if you are just buying a regular fabric softener with coupons, it is cheaper than Shaklee.  Shaklee’s is about $0.13/load.  Gain Fabric Softener with a coupon would cost me $0.06/load.  BUT I could not use it on my children’s clothes (it has chemicals that can remove the flame resistance on children’s clothes).  It is not Natural, toxic free, and biodegradable.  It is cheaper than Seventh Generation whose is $0.16/load.

That is a lot to take in!  The important thing to note is that Shaklee’s Laundry can be used for everything–baby’s clothes, linens, stains, cloth diapers, and much more!

If you purchase Nature Bright, Fabric Softener, and the Fresh Laundry, you will pay the following:

Fresh Laundry     $18.10
Soft Fabric           $8.80
Nature Bright       $9.30
Shipping             $12.40
TOTAL                $48.60

Monthly Costs:  13.89**

**Depending on if you use fabric softener with every load and how often you use Nature Bright, here’s the monthly Breakdown of what I PAY (I am a family of 6 washing about 8 loads a week so 32 loads a month). 

That is $14/month for SAFE, EFFECTIVE, GREEN laundry products!
*Our family, couponing, spent $15-$20.00/month depending on sales on laundry products that were not safe, were not Green, and did not always Work.  And only added to asthma and allergy problems in our home!

Tomorrow we will discuss the dishes!

In the meantime, check out Harper’s Post on Four Ways You Can Love Laundry!

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