Clothes washing isn’t fun, no matter how you look at it. Laundry day involves delving into the laundry basket, separating socks, and searching for space on the washing line. Let’s be honest; there are better things you could do with your time. In fact, the task is so time-consuming when you have a little one that you may well come to dread this job more than most. But, you tackle it on a regular basis anyway. All the better for ensuring your family are fresh and safe. Right?
Perhaps not. In fact, every now and again, a statistic suggests our laundry habits do more harm than good. So, not only do you have to face the ever-growing clothes pile, but your family may not benefit from your doing so. In fact, if you fail to get on top here, you could do more harm than good each time you attempt to tackle this.
Of course, it’s all well and good us saying this, but what is this ‘harm’ exactly? How can you sleep well at nightif you don’t know what you’re doing wrong? Don’t worry; we aren’t going to leave you in the lurch. Instead, we’re going to look at the four main offenders, and how you can avoid them.
Lurking in the laundry basket
As much as you may need to do a constant load of laundry, reality dictates that isn’t possible. Instead, you likely have set days when you put loads in. They may be once a week or twice a week, all depending on how mucky your little pup is. And, for the time between, you likely use a laundry basket. It’s the best way to keep those dirty clothes out of sight. The only problem being, of course, that laundry baskets sweat when they’re full. As such, they allow bacteria to have a fun day. So, while you’re attempting to keep things clean, your efforts could have the opposite result. The moment you open that lid and pull clothes out, you’ll release that bacteria into the wild. Well, into your laundry room at any rate. But, what can you do to stop this happening?
For one, you should seek a laundry basket which leaves breathing room. Wicker options are fantastic here. Or, you could leave that lid off. That way, you still keep things out of sight without allowing bacteria to breed. Equally, you should take the time to clean your laundry basket using tips like those found at creativehomekeeper.com. This is a job few of us bother with, but it’s the best way to clear out any potential bacteria before it can do real damage.
It should come as no surprise that detergents are next on the list. Any moms with sensitive kiddies will already know a thing or two about this. There’s a good reason so many options on the market cause eczema and allergic reactions in our young ones. They’re chock full of chemicals! With everything from bleach to chlorine making appearances on most detergent labels, the risks are obvious. It’s past time you stopped exposing yourself and your family here. But, again, you may be asking what you can do. For one, you can turn to natural detergents like these from cleanhappens.com. Such alternatives offer the same levels of cleanliness without the unpleasant toxins. Make sure, too, to always check the label before buying. Different people react to different things. So, get to know your family’s weaknesses, and always shop with these in mind. Only then can you ensure your weekly washes won’t result in unwelcome breakouts.
Callous cold washes
Make sure, too, to consider the temperature at which you wash. A report by International Scientific Forum found that low-temperature washes aren’t enough to kill bacteria. In fact, anything below 40 degrees just doesn’t seem to get rid of the nasty stuff. The stains may be gone when you hang that cold-wash laundry, but the bacteria are still there. They may be invisible, but they’re harmful just the same. To make matters worse, most cool washes take less time, making this a double whammy of damage. In many ways, this should come as no surprise. After all, you could apply the same principle here as you do for cooking. You wouldn’t cook sausages on low heat for half the time and hope they won’t do any damage. That would be asking for food poisoning. So, stop thinking it’s okay to do this with your clothes. Forget those fast washes because you’re in a hurry. It’s a false economy and a harmful one at that. Instead, make sure you always have time to put in at least a forty degree wash. Then, and only then, can you rest easy that no nasties are lurking in your knickers.
The risks don’t end with the wash, either. In fact; there are just as many dangers lurking in your drying process. At least, there are if you opt to dry indoors. As can be seen from sites like www.prevention.com, this poses a whole load of health risks you could do without. For one, this could lead to the release of those harmful chemicals in your laundry detergents. Even if chemicals don’t cause breakouts on your skin, indoor drying ensures they get into your lungs. Many would argue that’s even worse. In fact, research has shown air in the homes of indoor-dryers has higher levels of cancer-causing chemicals. Not what you want at the best of times, let alone with a kiddie around. As if that weren’t enough, wet laundry in the home can release untold amounts of mold. In fact, the number of mold spores in the house can exceed over 300% the ‘safe’ amount if you dry this way. That’s terrible news if your child has asthma, as it can irritate their little lungs. Even those with seemingly healthy respiration could contract infections this way. And, the answer is too painfully obvious to ignore. Get an outdoor clothesline, would you?