Warning: Dirty Laundry is Dangerous!

As if pit stains and ring-around-the-collar weren't horrifying enough, your dirty laundry carries a few threats that are invisible to the naked eye. Microorganisms love your dirty clothes and can make you sick if you don't take a few simple precautions. Here are six ways to make your laundry clean and safe.
1. Pass the smell test. Despite the allure of "mountain fresh" socks, think twice before you use scented detergents and dryer sheets. Federal laws don't require manufacturers to list fragrance ingredients, so some brands use chemicals that are classified as hazardous and can cause health problems including skin allergies, headaches and breathing problems. If you live for that scented-laundry smell, stick with brands like Seventh Generation or Mrs. Meyer's that use natural oils instead of synthetic fragrances. Tip: For a quick, all-natural odor removal fix, add ½ cup of vinegar at the beginning of the wash cycle.
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  • Sherrie Sherrie on Apr 21, 2013
    Great article! I can't use perfumed detergents except Mr. Myers, haven't tried the other one but it is on my list. And I use vinegar ( I know it's a surprise ) also. I also use it as a rinse because I hang them out and this doesn't leave them crunchy feeling. I don't use vinegar on my yoga pants or stretchy panties because it destroys the material. And for the other stuff yuck! But I will always wash it separately from now on and after that note I am going to disinfect my washing machine.
  • Z Z on Apr 21, 2013
    Very good article BN. I started using Purex Natural Elements when it first came out because of my allergies. Though I didn't have trouble with the detergent I used I wanted something scented with natural extracts and not chemicals. I've been very happy with it. http://www.purex.com/products/detergents/natural-elements I agree with that Yuck fact. Ewww!
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