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The Old White House

“Almost 5 years ago I decided to give making my own laundry soap a try, as a family of seven at the time we did a lot of laundry… a LOT of laundry! I had seen recipes floating around the internet, and gave a few a try. I didn’t find one that I thought did the job that I wanted it to, so I went back to the drawing board, and came up with a product that not only cleaned our laundry, but also made it naturally soft, and smelled amazing…Our lavender cleaning products include the following… soft, non-sudsing lavender laundry soap, organic lavender dryer sachets, lavender linen & room spray, lavender kitchen & bath cleanser, lavender carpet freshener and lavender soy candles. Our natural earth friendly and vegan lavender laundry and cleaning provisions are made with great care by my family and I. We make sure to use only earth friendly ingredients, pure lavender essential oil, organic lavender buds, natural cotton for the sachets that are stamped with waterproof ink, glass jars made in the USA, all packaged in a reusable cotton bag with a love of the earth and great pride in our products.​”

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The Simply Co

Unscented or Lavender Laundry Detergent, make from baking soda, washing soda, organic castile soap and organic essential oils. “We’re all about keeping it simple. No SLS. No dyes. No 1-4 dioxane. No EDTA. No petrochemicals. No Chlorine. No Phosphates. No DEA. No formaldehyde. No optical brighteners. No synthetic preservatives. No animal testing. – EVER!”

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Buckaroo Organics

Organic skin care products for moms and kids, made by a mom who “struggled to find products that weren’t full of harsh chemicals. Products that could actually heal skin issues and were safe for babies.” So she and her husband created a skin care line that is organic, simple, and safe…and even includes a laundry powder that are safe for your skin, made from soapnuts and natural minerals and wool balls to use instead of scented fabric softener sheets. Laundry products contain no fragrance and body care products are fragrance-free or scented with essential oils.

Listen to Debra’s 2015 interview with Lindsay Herron,  Co-founder and CEO of Buckaroo Organics

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Enviroklenz Laundry Enhancer

EK-surfaceProducts specifically designed to remove odors and chemical pollutants from laundry. Yes, they remove scent and tobacco smoke from clothing, bedding, and other fabrics such as curtains and upholstery. They also remove scented detergent residues from the washer itself, allowing you to wash clothes safely in public machines in laundromats and apartment buildings (this product also prevents colors from running). They were inspired by the special needs of people with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS), who require a home environment as free from toxic chemicals as possible. These products remove both natural and chemical odors. They do not contain perfumes or fragrances, but instead capture and destroy chemicals that cause odors for true odor and chemical elimination. They are made from safe, natural earth minerals.A unique and advanced manufacturing process greatly enhances the beneficialodor neutralizing properties of the earth minerals and retain their natural safety characteristics. The earth minerals include Magnesium Oxide (MgO), Zinc Oxide (ZnO), and Titanium Dioxide (TiO2). Safe for use around children and pets. Comes in liquid and powder form for all laundry needs. For a 10% discount on your entire purchase, enter coupon code “toxicfree10″ at checkout.

Listen to my interviews with Kyle Knappenberger, Director of Applications at Timilon Technology Acquisitions LLC

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Eco Nuts

Do your laundry with all-natural, unprocessed soap nuts. Yes, these are actual nuts, well, actually berries, from a tree that grows in the Himalayas. The berries naturally produce a soap called saponin, which works as a surfactant to lift stains from fabrics and keep dirt suspended in the water that is rinsed away. Unlike detergent, soap nuts leave no residue, so they are ideal for babies and people with sensitive skin. I’ve used them for years and they really do work—in fact, they are my favorite way to wash clothes. My clothes are very soft.”Eco Nuts are wild-harvested, meaning they are gathered from wild trees grown without any kind of chemicals, fertilizers, or pesticides. The saponin actually tastes bad to insects so no pesticides are needed, and the trees naturally love poor uncultivated soil. They are organically grown by mother earth and certified USDA Organic by Oregon Tilth. Our soap nuts are both de-seeded and sterilized – the only soap nuts on the market that are both!” This site also sells other organic cleaning and laundry products and they have a lot of natural laundry tips.

Listen to my interview with Eco Nuts co-founder Mona Weiss.

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Allure Wool Dryer Balls

These colorful wool dryer balls are so adorable, they make me smile every time I look at the picture. “I like to make wool dryer balls, they are natural and clean! With wool dryer balls your laundry will dry faster, stay soft and fluffy. This eco-friendly product is a great way of saving your money and reduce drying time of your clothes. My wool dryer balls have been made from 100% natural wool. Wool Dryer Balls made from pure merino wool which has been wet felted using only water and soap. Balls are washed with detergent without any chemical additives and fragrances. If you buy Wool Dryer Balls you will cut down your expenses and keep your time without using laundry drying and material conditioner for clothes. You just need to use 4 wool balls during clothes drying and you will decrease the working drying time average 25% and put down nearly 30- 45% of total loading.”

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Vermont Soap

“Our products are so natural, they’re certified to USDA organic food standards by Vermont Organic Farmers.” They have been a certified organic processorsince 2003. For over twenty years Vermont Soap has been manufacturing 100% natural and toxic-free personal care and cleaning products. They make handmade bar soaps for sensitive skin, anti-aging products and moisturizers, 100% natural shower gels (soap based), castile liquid soaps, nontoxic cleaners, products for pets, camping and gardening. All products are free from artificial scents (many are unscented altogether) and other toxic ingredients, such as antimicrobials and detergents.

  Listen to Debra’s interviews with Vermont Soap founder Larry Plesent

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Country Save Laundry Products

This affordable laundry detergent provides a safe, gentle wash without the use of dyes, fragrance, phosphates, enzymes, optical brightners or harsh chemicals (powdered is unscented; liquid has a slight fragrance). Suitable for those with sensitive skin problems and for baby clothes. Carton is made from recycled paper with a substantial amount of content being post-consumer material. Inner poly bag made from 100% recycled plastic resins. Plastic measuring scoop is 100% post consumer recycled plastic such as milk bottles, 5-gallon pails and water jugs.

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Charlie’s Soap

An affordable, unscented laundry product that is also natural–made with only coconut-based soap and washing soda. Customers rave about how well it cleans, makes clothes soft and removes stains. And it costs only 16 cents a load (if you buy the 5-gallon bucket, the price goes down to 10 cents a load–incuding shipping).

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