Since discovering we have FXS / Autism in the family I have become a lot more cautious about trusting the cleaning companies to make safe products. Whether it is with store-bought food or commercial cleaning products, we are loading our immune systems with toxins. “Safe” levels of toxins are determined without knowing the overall exposure of each American to additional hazardous substances or his ability to eliminate them (those with compromised immune systems may not be able to do so at all). While exposure to artificial ingredients may not cause Autism, it can overload an already troubled system and make symptoms worse. In addition, many of the toxins in cleaners are carcinogenic, meaning that they increase everyone’s chances of getting cancer. Yuck.
So other than grabbing our washboards and heading for the river, what can be used to get clean, soft laundry that’s hypoallergenic and toxin-free?
Soap Nuts are hardened berries from the Sapindus Mukorossi tree and contain high quantities of the all-natural soap Saponin. The best part? Soap Nuts replaces laundry detergent AND softener. Talk about saving money! How would you like to spend less than $12/year on laundry soap and softener?