Best Laundry Detergent for Baby Clothes India

Most top brands have chemicals in their laundry detergent and liquid. These are extremely harmful to babies. Think about this. Clothes are always worn, hence they have constant contact with the skin. This, in turn, increases the exposure to chemicals which can be very harmful over the long run.

SLS, paraben, SLEs, Sulphates present in detergents have been acknowledged as areas of concern. This is not medical advice as I am not a doctor. As a concerned mom, I have researched a lot. I have myself suffered from allergies and rash on the skin. To be honest, I had no clue it was because of the chemicals I was exposed to day in and day out at home.

I started switching out the detergent, then the toilet cleaner liquid, then the floor cleaner and it has made a world of difference. Not only have I started finding relief on my rashes, but the air is much fresher. My son’s skin has balanced out and is no dry and itchy. My Persian cat no longer has that nasty rash over the skin. We tried so hard to get rid of that rash, many vet visits, creams, ointments, shampoo. Nothing worked until I made the switch.

Is laundry detergent safe for babies

No. This is my opinion only, and I cannot provide any scientific proof. My proof is from what I have struggled with as a parent and through trial and error. I always get emotional when I see babies suffering. I had to get the word out, even if it meant I get some hate comments. I personally feel that known brands of detergent which ridiculous claims are harmful. Some brands claim that they kill 99% germs, and glorify dirt ( saying our detergent can handle all the dirt).

I fell for these advertisements. I wanted these detergents which killed germs, made clothes super soft and smelled heavenly. But that was in the advertisement. In real life the clothes looked dead and dull, our skins started feeling itchy and sensitive.

This is why I shudder when I see the advertisments and worry to think how many parents are falling for them.

Can laundry detergent cause baby acne

Baby acne can be caused by many reasons. It could be food and other environmental factors. Harsh chemicals, fragrance present in laundry detergents can irritate gentle baby skin. They can aggravate acne and hence need to be replaced with a gentler non hypoallergenic detergent. In my opinion I would consider switching out to a gentler detergent.

Laundry detergent for Baby eczema

I had clean clear skin as a child. Growing up I started developing eczema. I did everything to control it but it persisted. Then I moved to the USA to pursue higher education. Literally, overnight every symptom disappeared. It was like a miracle and I never dared question why. I was happy that I had finally found relief. As a broke student you just prolonged washing clothes and things were going well. I started work and then got this obsession for detergents. That’s when things turned bad. Excema hit back again. We moved back to India and it worsened. My kids also started complaining of itchy dry skin.

This is when mom went into research mode.

I was definitely missing out something. The reason my eczema easened out in the USA as that there was no dust pollution. The reason the symptoms started back again aggressively were exposure to dust again and the switch to strong detergents.

When you notice the following signs be cautioned that something is wrong.

# Irritated skin

you notice a red rash on the skin, immediately after a piece of clothing is worn. Usually this happens when you put woolen clothing on babies. This can be easily addressed by removing the clothing.

# Allergic Contact Dermatitis

A red rash can show up on your babies skin. Usually, this rash will appear over time and it will persist. It means that something is irritating the gentle skin and usually this is due to prolonged exposure.

This could be due to exposure to laundry detergent and fabric softeners. Switch them out and check for a week or two if you notice any difference.

Between 2 kids and 2 cats, I have figured out many things over the years. I also suffer from sensitive eczema skin which can be really painful at times. This is how I tried to handle the situation at home.

# No chemical detergent

I use fragrance-free detergent. I also ensure that my detergent has no dye. This was very difficult for me initially. I have this obsession with clean smells. My brain is hardwired to think a fresh smell means clean. Little did I know that clean smell was causing the allergies on my babies skin and mine.
Even pet clothing ( the towels) I have stopped washing in the regular detergents. As I write this I have a packet of detergent lying around my house.

My husband is pleasantly shocked to find that I no longer go crazy over the laundry isles in shops.

Yes, I was addicted to the next clean and best detergent. When clothes did not look clean I assumed it was because I was not using enough detergent. I shudder to imagine how wrong I have been.

Learn from my mistakes as these have really caused our family harm.

#1. Use chemical free detergents

Read the labels, ensure that there no chemicals, no artificial dyes and no artificial fragrance

#2 Don’t wear clothes you purchase immediately

This was the rule at my house. All new clothes purchased were soaked in salt water ( preferably rock salt) for 15 mins.
Then washed in a separate wash either by hand or in the washing machine. The salt made the colours strong and removed anything harmful. The wash ensured that formaldehyde releasers present in new clothes are removed.

#3 Rinse out detergent well

Detergent residue left on clothing causes skin irritation. Some say it can penetrate the skin, especially soft baby skin. So rinse the clothes well.

#4 Dry in the Sun

Expose clothes to direct sunlight, this will kill all bacteria, and sanitise the clothes.

#5 Clothes looking Shabby or Dull

If your clothes even after washing with the best detergents are looking shabby and dull, then it means you are doing something wrong. I used to suffer from this a lot. Initially, I assumed it was because I was using less detergent so I started adding more powder. It worsened. I then read somewhere that the detergent leaves a scum or residue on clothing which is why they are looking dull. So I did the unthinkable I stopped using those detergents and switched.

 

Are all irritation caused by detergent?

Food, plants, insect bites, medicines can cause allergies in the skin. If the symptoms don’t go away with the removal of detergent it is most likely it might not be the detergent which is causing issues.

Organic Laundry Detergent for Baby

The following brands are in the market with organic detergents and you should try them. A few pointers

# Research the ingredients

Just because they are organic might not mean they are safe. Sometimes just one ingredient like a surfactant might be present which can cause loads of damage. So look at the ingredients and study them.

# Test the Detergent

I purchase sample packs if available. I test it for a few days and then only switch over. Even though it is organic and herbal, we still can react. Some herbs I react to, I noticed I also react to resins. So please test it out first.

My picks

# Krya

I have tested Krya detergent and it works well. I have not noticed any allergies or side-effects. I tried their 100 gms pack. t lasted I think about a month or maybe a little less than a month. It is easy to use and you need a very little quantity. I did not like that the product hardens with moisture in the air. I live near the sea, there is humidity in the atmosphere. If you purchase it, keep it in an airtight container.

Other brands in the market which I need to review yet.

# Dailydump

# Rustic art

# Bubblenut wash

# Azafran home care

So what aer your favourite brands you use and concerns? Please share below.

Krya Natural Detergent Powder Review

The detergents we use on a day to day basis are full of chemicals. These chemicals are very harmful for our skin, our health, can even cause defects over prolonged use and exposure.

How do I know?

I have been suffering from skin issues, dry skin, skin irritation, excema..

I never knew it could be the detergent I was using..

I stopped using soaps, I switched from pril to natural herbal dish washing powder.

I stopped applying makeup.

I stopped using shampoo…

My allergies reduced but did not disappear.

I knew there was something else to be handled and I found the reason. It was the clothes detergent. I stopped using clothes detergent and then skin started getting better.

I am using soapnuts to wash my clothes. From the last one week I have switched to Krya detergent powder. I want to test this powder and see how many days it will last, does it clean and does it help my skin?

You know what a couple of years back I would never have considered a herbal detergent. They were something I termed luxury items.

Organic Laundry detergents are not a luxury item but are a necessity today. Commercial detergents have harmful ingredients like surfuctants, chlorine, water softeners, processing aids, perfumes, phosphates which can be very harmful.

You can read more about it this article titled : Organic Washing Powder

Krya Natural Detergent powder is biodegradable,  organic, chemical free, antifungal detergent in india . This clothes washing powder is a good eco friendly cleaning product in india.

Krya Detergent review

Krya natural detergent powder review

I am so excited to be sharing this product with you… I am still in week one of testing it. Stop by in one month to read the update.

Ingredients:

  • Soapnuts
  • Herbs
  • Citriodora essential oil

krya detergent ingredientsSoapnuts are also known as Reetha, Kunkudukai (Telugu), Boondi Kottai (Tamil) and Pasakkottamaram (Malayalam) is a wonder fruit.

It has saponins which are the soap.

Herbs – they did not mention which herbs are present so I am assuming they have a cleansing or disinfectant purpose

 

What did I receive?

It comes packaged in a brown cardboard packaging. I received two 100 gms packets of the detergent powder.  Along with the packets, there was a small cotton pouch. This cotton pouch has to be used for washing clothes.

I have misplaced the pouch I received, so I am using an alternate method of using the product which I will share later.

The cotton pouch is small and comes with cloth strings. I loved how cute it looked but once its wet, it is a little tricky to open it.

detergent powder plus cotton pouch

How does the Krya Detergent Powder Look?

Watch video below to see how it looks, how to use it and watch me test it on 3 loads of laundry.

Krya Detergent Review

Krya detergent is a herbal cloth washing powder, like totally full of herbs. The main ingredient I believe is soapnuts or reetha. This is a 100 percent eco friendly washing powder India which is biodegradable and safe for use.

How to use the powder

You have to take 1 tablespoon of powder. Fill the cotton pouch with the powder and drop it into the wash. On the packaging it is mentioned that you should not use it with whites and light colored clothes.

Don’t put the powder directly in the washing machine. You see I misplaced my cloth pouch so I just added it directly in washing machine.

The powder stuck to the clothes.

No major disaster happened, the powder fell off when dry but it is a hastle.

So for the next wash I just added a tablespoon to a sock and added the sock to the wahing machine.

It did the job.

How clean are the clothes?

I was not expecting the clothes to be cleaned. Surprisingly the clothes looked clean. While I have no way of testing whether they are really clean, but I can see that the clothes dont look dirty.

They look washed and fresh.

The powder has a strong fragrance which has now evaporated and I cannot get a strong smell as before. Just a faint smell remains. The clothes do not smell after washing. They look newer, the colours look brighter and fabric seems to be softer.

I will update this post when I finish the 100 gms packet and provide you another update right here.

 

Bubblenut Wash Review Natural Organic Dishwasher Powder

Bubblenut Wash is a Natural Organic Dishwasher Powder. It has only 2 ingredients and is eco-friendly, biodegradable dish wash powder.

This powder has absolutely no chemicals and is safe on hands.

In this review I want to test the product on different types of household dishes with varying levels of grease, oil and stuck on food.

The product I received is a dark brown powder and smells of Soap nuts or Reetha.

At first look and smell I assumed it would foam because it smelled so heavily of soap nuts.

The packaging mentions that it can be used safely to clean baby feeding bottles.

It also mentions it will have low suds or will not foam, hence should require less water to rinse off.

Ingredients

  • Soapnut or Reetha
  • Citrus powder

No chemicals, no strange smells, no damage to health I guess.

Product Claims

  • Free From
    • SLS
    • SLES
    • Sulphates
    • Phosphates
  • Safe
  • No chemical residues on dishes
  • Gentle on human skin, hypoallergenic and pH 5.5
  • No chapped hands
  • Works on oily vessels
  • Low foam formation
  • Uses less water
  • Environment friendly
  • Fully bio degradable

How to use BubbleNut Wash Powder

Mix a spoonful of powder with 100 ml of water. Use this liquid to wash the dishes. I have a product review video below just in case you would like to see whats inside the packet. The colour of the powder and I also have a demo showing how to use the powder.

Recently I had reviewed another organic dishwash powder you might want to take a look at that as well.

 

BubbleNut Wash Powder Review

So as you have seen I have done a test of the product. Yes it does smell and feel totally organic. It was gentle on my hands and did clean the dishes.

What I did not like is that there are absolutely no suds and for someone who has equated bubbles with clean, this totally hurts …

I finally understood that it doesn’t matter if it suds, it cleans so on a scale of 1 to 5 it is at 3.5

Check out what I rated the other Organic Dish Wash Powder

Would I buy it again?

I need to use it for a few more days to comment on that but I am leaning towards yes. Check back in a month or two for my update here.

 

You can test the product yourself here – Bubblenut Dish Powder

Wild Ideas Dishwash Powder Review | Wild Ideas Organic Products Reviews

Wild ideas dishwash powder is a chemical free organic eco friendly dish wash powder sold in India. It is manufactured by disadvantaged women in Thiruvannamalai Tamil Nadu India.

Wild Ideas Organic Products Reviews

I am specifically reviewing the Wild Ideas Dish wash powder. I purchased the following pack and it came in a recyclable paper carton and recyclable plastic.

I received two packets 500 gms each.

Expiry Date is 1 year from manufactured date. The manufactured date is September 2018.

The package mentioned that the profits would go to the women who made this particular packet. I really liked that concept.

Ingredients

  • Soap Berry
  • Shikakai
  • Citrus
  • Tamarind
  • Neem
  • Bitter Albizia
  • Wood Ash

The ingredients and packaging prove that it is an eco friendly dishwasher powder. This chemical free dish powder has a powdery and faintly grainy texture. It smells a bit like soap nut powder and it did not feel too sticky to the touch. I am assuming the quantity of soap nuts used isn’t a lot. This is because pure soap nut powder is sticky.

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How to use Wild Ideas Dishwash Powder

Wild Ideas Dish wash Powder Review

I like the concept of this powder. It is safe to use even on baby bottles and bowls as per the company.

I tried it and you can watch the video above to see whether it cleans dishes or not. I will be using it for a few more days and will update this blog post.

I have ordered another organic dish wash powder and I will be reviewing that powder next ( haven’t received it yet) I am hoping that I can provide a comparison of both powders soon.

In the above video you will also see my comparison with Reetha or Soap nut liquid.

Wild Ideas also has soap nut but I am assuming the quantity must be less. There is ash in the product and I am guessing this was the reason I got no bubbles or suds.

Organic Washing Powder India

I was happy with my washing detergents  till I learnt about organic washing powders .

Now I am so shocked with what I found that I need to let you guys know what I found.

See my research is not something you should blindly go by.

After reading this post please do your own research … and if something doesn’t add up or you find truth in what I have found, come back and leave me a yay or a nayy.

That comes to the first question I had in mind …

What is organic washing powder ?

Organic washing powders are made from natural products which have been grown organically. That is the produce has been grown on land which  has not been treated with pesticides, fertilizers, insecticides .

Why you should use organic washing powder?

Popular brands we use to wash our clothes are full of chemicals. Let us take a quick look at what are usually found in popular detergent powders brands in India.

I just took the ingredient list from a brand I use and this is what is there in it.

 Shocker … your detergent also has this stuff 

Surfactants

These reduce surface tension and help water penetrate through to the clothes. These pollute the environment and are a health hazard.

Chlorine

Chlorine can be found in some detergents. Some detergent companies will call them by other names such as “sodium hypochlorite” or “hypochlorite”.

However they are called these are harmful.

Water Softeners

Sodium carbonate

What do they mean slightly toxic, did you know this is super harmful for kids?

Sodium carbonate is only slightly toxic, but large doses may be corrosive to the gastro-intestinal tract where symptoms may include severe abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, collapse and death. Skin Contact: Excessive contact may cause irritation with blistering and redness.

Src: https://www.atmos.umd.edu/~russ/MSDS/sodium_carbonate_anhydrous.htm

Sodium aluminoslicate

I dont understand why they use non toxic and skin hazard in the same sentence. This is bad news and can be harmful if you are sensitive.

Sodium silicates are non-flammable, non-explosive, and non-toxic. They are, however, alkaline materials and pose hazards to the skin and eyes. The physiological effects of contact vary with the alkalinity of the silicate involved, and range from causing irritation to causing chemical burns.
Src: https://www.oxy.com/OurBusinesses/Chemicals/ResponsibleCare/Documents/Liquid%20Sodium%20Silicates.pdf

Processing aids

Sodium sulfate

Last month I had such a severe eye itching case. I stopped using soaps and used less detergent. I did not know that detergent could cause it but I was suspicious.

Sodium sulfate – Hazardous in case of eye contact (irritant). Slightly hazardous in case of skin contact (irritant), of ingestion, of inhalation.

Src: http://www.sciencelab.com/msds.php?msdsId=9927278

Perfume

These are known to cause skin allergies. I know it is bad bcos I love fresh smelling clothes. I would literally pick up a detergent if it smelled great. Little did I know it was so harmful.

Phosphates

As per these two reports detergents used to have phosphates but now they have been banned.

But they have not been banned from dishwasher detergents. Why have they not taken it out. This will go directly into our stomach. That is so harmful.

How does this industry work?

Why are they playing with us like this? I always wonder if they know the ingredients are so harmful how can they sleep at night selling them to us.

I know ethics versus feeding family..

Seventeen states banned phosphates from dishwasher detergents because the chemical compounds also pollute lakes, bays and streams. They create algae blooms and starve fish of oxygen.

Src: https://www.npr.org/2010/12/15/132072122/it-s-not-your-fault-your-dishes-are-still-dirty

Modern laundry detergents no longer contain phosphates due to a ban passed in 1993. The law, however, did not apply to dishwasher detergents, many of which still contain phosphates; some states are moving to ban (or at least limit) phosphates in such detergents.

Src: https://www.hunker.com/12000276/what-detergent-has-a-high-phosphate-level

Best natural laundry detergent reviews

Here are some laundry detergents which I found to be organic and thought you might be interested in checking them out.

Laundry Detergents come in Powder and Liquid form as well as a soap bar.

Powder versus Liquid Detergent

I would recommend using powder versus liquid. This is because the moment we make it a liquid, we need to make it last ( not spoil).

So then we need to introduce a preservative, now preservative how much ever they are safe, I feel they will harm us in some way as well as the environment.

Wild Ideas Laundry Powder

This is ecofriendly, handmade and biodegradable. It is made from 100% organic soap berries ( certified) and also contains lemon in it.

It is good for gently cleansing, leaves no residue and removes tough stains.

How to use

Just put one tablespoon in a cloth bag or pouch and keep it securely in the soap dispenser. Try not to add it directly to the washing machine drum. The clothes should come out looking fresh and clean.

Try Wild Ideas washing powder and do come back and leave a review here on what you think about it.

 Liquid Detegents

Sometimes it might not be practical to use a powder form for washing clothes. Also biodegradable organic detergents usually work better in warm water.

In some detergents warm water is required to release saponin. My washing machine has no hot water connection. For me a liquid works better, though yes I am still worried about the preservatives.

BubbleNut Wash Soapnut Laundry Liquid

This detergent comes in liquid form which can be added to the washing machine or you can use it to handwash the clothes.
You dont need to add too much of this liquid, just a little. If you feel the clothes are not clean as you think they should be, just add more in next round.

Try Bubblenut Wash Soapnut Laundry Liquid and come back and let me know how it works for you.

 

Krya Natural Detergent Powder

Krya detergent powder is made up of herbs and essential oils. The main ingredient is soap nuts or reetha. It is in powdered form. I had tested the scented version and your can read my Krya detergent review and watch the video where I test it.

What I like is that it is totally herbal, anti fungal detergent. Not only that this detergent is ecofriendly and bio degradabale.

How to use

Add 1 tablespoon of powder in the small cotton bag they have provided. Add it to the washing machine and let the cycle finish. Dry the cotton bag ( empty any herb bits if you want – I haven’t emptied it ).

Try Krya detergent powder and share your experience.

Best organic washing powder

For me best is totally natural.

Eco friendly Organic Natural Detergent – Laundry Soap

I love the concept of having a detergent or a liquid soap but nothing beats the original. These are soap nuts, or soap berries also called reetha, kunkudukaya.

They are native to India, Nepal and Indonesia and this is what was always there at our home till the detergent trend took over. Now we are in the reverse process of finding back our roots so to speak..

Anyways these soap berries are all natural and organic. You can find non organic berries for much less but organic berries are certified, they have the guarantee that they are pesticide and pollutant free ( hence the cost).

If you think these are costly, you can use them only to wash kids clothes.

Another advantage of using these soap berries is that they are pet friendly too. Once the berries lose their strength just use them as compost.

You can reuse the berries to make a house hold all purpose spray.

Try soap berries and let me know your experience.

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