by Kathleen Meil
Feel like you’re always doing laundry? You’re not alone. The average American family does about 300 of loads every year! And with good reason: between sweat and skin cells and food spills and plain old dirt, we’re a dirty lot. All that laundry to keep our clothes fresh should keep our bodies clean, too.
Unfortunately, commercial laundry detergents and fabric softeners may cause as much harm as they do good. Sure, they do a great job treating the grime on our clothes, but they accomplish that magic with the help of chemicals, many of which can aggravate allergies and harm the environment. One study found that scented dryer sheets released 25 different volatile organic compounds as they tumbled around with a full load!
Laundry day doesn’t have to mean an agonizing choice between clean clothes and a clean environment, though. Natural, plant-based detergents remove dirt without the use of chlorine bleach, synthetic fragrances, dyes, or optical brighteners, and fabric softener isn’t necessary at all. LooHoo Wool Dryer Balls naturally reduce static cling, soften clothes, and absorb odors, all while cutting drying time.