So I have been spending my spare time (and I have SO much of it :roll:) researching safer and less allergenic products to use in my house. Partly because of Micah's eczema and partly because it just seems like there are so many bad chemicals out there. I've become WAY more natural than I ever thought I would be, kinda freaks me out sometimes. lol But I thought I'd try using a more natural bar soap for the laundry detergent that I make, and was trying to find out if I could use a vegetable-based soap... and stumbled across this article:
It's an interesting read, but this is the part I wanted to share:
Focusing on four-person families in Tucson, Dr. Gerba's team randomly visited 60 homes and washed a sterile washcloth in their machines. One-fifth of the machines contained E. coli, while a quarter were contaminated with fecal matter.
The laundry, Dr. Gerba contends, is becoming less clean. Fewer Americans wash clothes in hot water, and only 5 percent use bleach, he said. Wash cycles are only 20 minutes, while the average drying time is only 28 minutes. Dr. Gerba found that some salmonella and hepatitis A survive through laundry -- including the dry cycle -- and remain on clothes. ''We have no idea how well we clean clothes,'' he said.
Dr. Gerba's own laundry machine yielded E. coli, prompting him to change his own washing habits. ''I always washed my underwear last, in a separate load, but I started using bleach, and now I run an empty wash, with just bleach, when I'm done. It's mouthwash for the machine.''
I still haven't found the answer I was looking for about using vegetable-based soap, but since I have babies that occasionally blow out their diapers, I think I need to be running more empty washes with bleach! I just randomly did that a few weeks ago, but I should probably do it more often. I also didn't realize that hot water made a difference - never even really thought about viruses and e-coli, etc. living on laundry. :eek: Guess I need to adjust my laundry habits a bit...
And if anyone knows anything about whether or not I can use a vegetable-based soap, I'd love to hear it!