Laundry and Allergies

Before going much further, let’s clear up a quick misconception. Unscented can be a verb or an adjective. As in, “no, we did not add any smells”, or “no, this doesn’t smell.” This means that some unscented products (without smell) are scented (adding a smell to counteract how it originally smelled).

Here’s the list of products I use:

  • Ammonia – sanitizes without fading colors
  • Bleach – sanitizes, and brightens whites, and fades colors
  • All Free & Clear detergent – cleaning without adding a scent; also mostly clear
  • Shout! color-absorbing sheets, aka Color Catchers – can mix colors, including whites, with little or no color transfer
  • Downey Free – softens fabrics in the rinse cycle without adding a scent; it’s milky white and has never imparted color or smell to my items
  • All Free dryer sheets – still have a light scent even though the company says they don’t; softens fabrics in the dryer without adding a lot of fake scent, although these still add a lot of chemicals because, well, almost all dryer sheets do
  • Aluminum foil sheets – removes most of the static buildup of drying multiple fabric types together
  • Control Freak dryer sheets – softens fabrics in the dryer without adding fake scents; in fact, these neutralize scents; like most dryer sheets, these add chemicals to the clothes
  • Vinegar – sanitizes and softens without fading colors or damaging fabrics such bamboo, microfibers, or infused nylons or polyesters
  • Dawn original dish soap – removes grease and food stains, such as the infamous trail of food down the front of shirts; note this is the original Original, not the 2x “Original”!
  • Lysol spray – sanitizes the laundry baskets so the clean laundry stays clean when transporting
  • Lint sock – keeps the lint from getting into the home’s main drain
  • Drain catcher – keeps the lint from getting into the home’s main drain
  • Lingerie bags – keeps items safe from snagging on other clothes, or from getting stretched out
  • Citrus powder – sanitizes without damaging fabrics such bamboo, microfibers, or infused nylons or polyesters, and brightens whites; may bleach items that get exposed to sunlight
  • Baking soda – removes odors and softens fabrics in the washer
  • Rubbing alcohol – remove pen and marker stains
  • Hydrogen peroxide – remove blood stains
  • OxyClean – improves stain removal; can add vinegar and baking soda or hydrogen peroxide to the wash cycle instead of the name brand
  • Washing Soda – improves stain removal, or use to make your own detergent
  • Borax – improves stain removal, or use to make your own detergent
  • Plain Dove bar – spot treat, or use to make your own detergent; I am allergic to Fels Naphtha, which was a bit of a surprise after using it to make a huge batch of homemade laundry detergent

This all started out as one post. Then I saw how long it was getting, and I’m like, ain’t nobody readin’ all that at once. Not even me!

So here’s the 1st of 5 parts.

It’s amazing how much effort goes into doing the laundry. Then again, according to my bestie Ren, that’s probably because I put the hyphen in anal-retentive. Just like it should be.

Anywayz. Laundry. Part 1.

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