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Why Homeowners are Ditching Laundry Detergent for This Alternative
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Why Homeowners are Ditching Laundry Detergent for This Alternative

Laundry is one of those household chores that seemingly never ends. The bigger your family, the more laundry you have. Although you may not think much about laundry detergent and fabric softener, there's a good chance these products are taking a sizable chunk out of your household essentials budget.

This is even more true if a household member has sensitive skin that requires special laundry detergent and fabric softener. Thanks to innovations in laundry technology, an alternative to laundry detergent is available that's simple to use and gives you softer laundry, completely free of germs.

In this post, the water quality systems team at General Heating & Air Conditioning highlights why many homeowners love the chance to toss their laundry detergent once and for all!

Ditching Laundry Detergent

Because we wear laundry every day and even sleep on it at night, we're constantly washing it. When we get dressed and go about our day, we expose our skin and lungs to any chemicals found in that scented detergent and other laundry supplies.

Most laundry rooms contain some combination of these products:

  • Laundry detergent

  • Fabric softener

  • Dryer sheets

  • Bleach

  • Wrinkle release

  • Stain removers

When Laundry Products Affect Your Skin

Finding a laundry detergent that reduces skin irritation can be a tremendous challenge for individuals with sensitivity issues. Chemical-free laundry detergents are available but can be much more costly than traditional laundry detergents with chemical additives.

Even if you're not naturally sensitive to laundry detergent, you may be concerned about its chemicals. Before the advent of today's innovative water quality systems, there was simply no alternative to laundry detergent, so it was just seen as an unfortunate but unavoidable fact of life.

How Laundry Detergent Impacts Your Household

It might seem like laundry detergent completely washes out of your clothing and can't cause any potential risk to your family, but you'd be surprised at how much it can affect you. It takes about half a cup of laundry to wash a load, and a family of four can wash several loads each day when they're wearing work clothes and school uniforms.

This adds up to gallons upon gallons of laundry detergent all getting washed into your community water system and any potentially harmful chemicals they contain. These chemicals also remain in your laundry when you wear them, and as you go about your day, they absorb into your skin.

This also explains why individuals with sensitive skin or allergies can be seriously impacted by simply wearing clothes washed in fragranced laundry detergent. Additionally, when you throw your clothing in the dryer, these chemicals are heated and released into the air through your vents.

What's in Laundry Detergent?

What comes to mind when you think about the smell of a laundry room? Your mind is likely flooded with the sensation of inhaling strong floral smells with a slightly chemical tinge to them. However, the iconic smell we associate with laundry rooms and laundromats is not naturally occurring but due to the addition of chemical fragrance additives.

Unscented laundry soap isn't much better with its addition of masking chemicals. Chemicals are also added to create the laundry detergent's foaming effect, which helps facilitate the cleaning process.

These are some of the chemicals typically found in laundry detergent:

  • Phosphates

  • Volatile organic compounds

  • Dye transfer inhibitors

  • Antiredeposition agents

  • Optical brighteners

  • Colorants

  • Fabric softeners

  • Perfumes

How Does Detergent Affect the Environment?

Detergents are full of chemicals like PH modifiers, fragrances, and alkalies, and most contain phosphates poisonous to aquatic plants and animals.

When the detergent meets the freshwater, it destroys the external protection for the fish and can damage marine animals' gills, making it lethal. The soil's salinity, texture, and natural pH are also disturbed by chemicals that can prevent plant growth and harm the natural vegetation.

Alternatives to Laundry Detergent

In the past, there simply wasn't a good alternative to help homeowners avoid the chemical additives typically found in laundry detergent.

Natural laundry products like baking soda and vinegar or soap nuts are available or can be made at home, but they're rarely as effective for stain removal as traditional laundry soap. But a revolution in water quality systems now offers a new way to do laundry that eliminates the need for chemicals.

Laundry Pro is a laundry system that removes dirt, grime, and residue from laundry without needing laundry detergent. Its built-in purification unit creates oxidizers that pull all dirt and germs out of your clothing.

Laundry Pro also removes residual laundry product chemicals from clothing, leaving you with safer, cleaner clothing that's much better for the environment and your family.

The system's technology is simple and only needs to be used in the cold setting, saving you the cost of using hot water, and the system's indicator lights let you know where the cycle is or if it needs care for a low maintenance option.
Laundry Pro safely removes the following from laundry:

  • Dirt

  • Odors

  • Bacteria

  • Viruses

  • Fungi

  • Mold

And because you don't have to worry about using bleaches or detergents, it is ideal for anyone with sensitive skin or allergies!

How Does Your Water Type Affect Your Laundry?  

When it comes to your wash, you just put your clothes in the machine, throw in some detergent, and everything gets clean in a best-case scenario. However, even with premium detergent, if you are living with hard water in your home, it's never this simple.

Because hard water is made of materials like calcium and magnesium, over time, they build up a scale in your system, making it harder for the detergent to saturate the fabric. The minerals will react to the soap reducing its efficiency or causing it to create a residue that can attract more dirt to the fabrics, so you never end up with clean-feeling clothing.

Hard water has definitive signs that it's in your home, and the most common ones are:

  • Your clothes are graying and fading or aren't getting clean.

  • Itchy skin and hair.

  • Your water might smell or taste bad.

  • There are white hard water stains on your fixtures.

  • Your plumbing is breaking down often.

  • Low water pressure.

While it may not be that noticeable, hard water will affect how much laundry detergent is needed and create a scale residence that can wear down your plumbing system, costing you time and money.

Softening the water is the best solution, and water conditioners are a way to help negate some of the build-up by removing old scales. The systems are straightforward and don't require extra maintenance, making them an excellent addition if you want to reduce or remove laundry detergent altogether.

Call Our Twin Cities Water Quality Systems Professionals

Whether you're concerned about the chemicals your family is exposed to regularly, allergic to fragrances, or just ready to save money, we can help. The Laundry Pro system is easily installed by simply connecting it to your washing machine.

This small but effective cold water system makes washing laundry easier than ever, resulting in softer laundry and longer-lasting clothing free of detergent residue. Contact us online to get your Laundry Pro and get your free estimate.

Or call 952-445-2820 to speak to a water quality systems team member at General Heating & Air Conditioning today.

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