So, perhaps I’ve been a bit busy with other stuff lately, but now, I’m back and going to try to do better. The discipline it takes to do a daily blog post was getting in the way of my actual day-job. So I’m going to give it another try.
I’m still on my health and wellness path for myself, my husband and our pets. I’m still on my path, both spiritually and physically.
Something occurred off and on in the past 4 months that puzzled me. I have never had an issue with acne. Suddenly after a trip to visit our friend in Southwest Florida in April, I had a nasty out break on my face, near my nose. It was a truly difficult to eradicate it. I finally was able to get rid of it and never could figure where it came from – my diet was the same, my facial products were the same. Then about 6 weeks later, it happened again. And about 4 weeks after that, again. I never put two and two together until last weekend.
Before every outbreak, we’d visited our friend up in SW Florida. I’d always noticed that the towels and sheets had an obnoxious perfume-y smell. I bring my own pillow. However, I did use the towels and washcloths provided to wash my face. Then it dawned on me. It’s the detergent!
The maid evidently loads the machines up with product, and with dryer sheets. There is so much detergent embedded in the fabrics, it never washes out completely. Actually, I’d done a load of our laundry in their washer/dryer a year ago and it took 4 washings at home to get the stench of the perfumed detergent out of our clothing – and I’d brought our own gentle, organic detergent with us!
Once I’m home, my face starts to heal. In investigating, I found that, according to an article on Dr. Mercola’s site :
“The detergent you’re using may contain a cocktail of potent cancer-causing chemicals, some of which the manufacturer doesn’t even have to list on the label. This loophole reduces the odds that you’ll ever discover what’s in there.
“Four of the worst offenders are:
- Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)/sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)
- NPE (nonylphenol ethoxylate)
NOW I know what is happening to my skin! As soon as I am away from the toxins, my skin clears up.
Obviously, this isn’t the only toxin in your home, but it’s a place to start. My go-to for cleaning products for the home is the the Environmental Working Group . Their database is a great starting point for any decisions for a healthy home environment.
Another thing I do is to use white vinegar instead in the fabric softener dispenser. It keeps the clothes smelling fresh, with no perfumes. No, you don’t smell like a pickle! It also helps to cut any residue that might still linger on clothing or linens.