I was reading an article recently about doing laundry and other chores around the house. This one specifically discussed how to save time doing laundry by using the same laundry detergent for the entire family. This is a great idea, however I strongly disagree about using any regular laundry detergent on your own clothes let alone baby clothes. Many people do not realize what ingredients are inside these detergents, so it is one thing to use them on adult clothing, but certainly not for babies or people with allergies. I recently heard a story about a young girl who got a terrible rash on her arms, that looked like inverted hives and it was due to a common, laundry detergent. Once they changed to a safer brand the problem disappeared. So, I personally recommend a laundry detergent that is safer for the entire family without the fillers. Fillers that might be in the typical laundry detergent you buy at the grocery store include quills, tiny, glass particles and even peanut shells.
Laundry detergents do have to have a cleaning agent or the clothes won’t get clean, however it is not necessary to use such harsh ingredients. There are some great detergents out there that are safer and clean the clothes extremely well. Safer ingredients include coconut, soy, tea tree oil or citrus oils. Be sure to read labels carefully. Avoid products with artificial coloring, petroleum-based dyes and scents.
On the environment side, I suggest using cold water for laundry, as it saves energy and hot water, yet still keeps your clothes bright. It is also wise to use a product that is more concentrated so you use much less and it will last longer. This helps to reduce the plastics in the landfills.
So, you can you can save time, money and space without having a collection of detergents under the sink, by using the same detergent for the entire family, but please be sure it is a safer brand without the harsh ingredients.