This weekend I tested out a sample* of biodegradable and hypo-allergenic laundry detergent to share with you. Why review detergent on a beauty blog, you ask? Well, it turns out your detergent and fabric softener can rub off your sheets and towels and onto your skin. Which makes it, to some extent, part of your beauty routine.
When you wash your sheets, pillowcase or towel, remnants of the detergent and fabric softener you used are left behind in the fabric. Then you sleep on your sheets and pillowcase, or dry your face with your freshly-washed towel—and voila, you’ve exposed your skin to any potential irritants that exist in your detergent or fabric softener. Beyond potential allergens, conventional laundry detergents typically contain many cleansing chemicals that are petroleum-based—exactly the kind of ingredients I suggest avoiding in your cosmetics. (They’re not very environmentally friendly, either.)
What I tried: Lavender-scented Vaska Herbatergent ($9.99 for 48 oz.). The detergent comes in two versions: lavender essential oil-scented and scent-free. It promises to be safe on colors and all washable fabrics, reduce static electricity, safe for both standard and HE washers, and it’s biodegradable.
First impressions: Generally I recommend avoiding products with “scent” on the ingredients list, but the scent in the lavender sample I tried was so light it was barely noticeable—it just smelled fresh. However, if you have sensitive skin or are concerned about the lavender essential oil, the scent-free version would be a good alternative.
What caught me by surprise: I used my sample to wash a mixed load: yoga clothes, a towel, a pillowcase, a pair of jeans. The scent is just barely detectable, but what I really liked was that my clothes were noticeably softer—no fabric softener necessary. (I’ve been using up the last of my icky fabric softener sheets before switching entirely to dryer balls.) Plus, my yogitoes—the one item that always comes out of the dryer completely static-y—had zero static. I’m not sure that’s ever happened.
Bonus: I discovered this detergent is available at several local stores, so it shouldn’t be hard to find if you want to pick up a bottle of your own.
Have you switched your detergent because of allergies or petroleum-based ingredients? —Aleigh
*Disclosure: This sample was sent to me for review, but I only write about the products that I think are truly worthy of being shared with you. View my full disclosure here.
(Image via Vaska)