I'm so glad I'm doing this post series, because it has caused me to take a look at my laundry habits. I'll admit I've gotten kind of lax (read: exhausted) with trying to make sure all the products I use are safe. I thought I was doing it right!
Years back, I started cutting my laundry detergent with Borax. I thought it was a win/win: use less detergent, replace with something more "natural" and save money. Turns out Borax gets a grade of F on EWG's Guide for Healthier Cleaning (link in the comments). More recently I've been using Oxiclean, which is more of a mixed bag when it comes to the rating by EWG - depends on the specific type. Look for the Baby Stain Soaker or the regular kind: Versatile Stain Remover.
My choice of laundry soap is in question, as well. I often choose TIDE Free & Clear, which has no perfumes or dyes (have I mentioned I hate smells?!). Their score? F!
Seriously, take a look at the guide in the comments to see where your detergent falls and to find a new one (I'll be doing the same). Another option is to make your own soap, which people do - and good for them! I'll be buying something at the store.
Lately I've been debating whether the pods are better than the liquid. I do think the pods are a better choice for the environment because they come in less packaging. More research is needed, though.
Let's talk fabric softener. This was an easy one for me due to my aversion to smells - I use dryer balls and have no problems. Is static cling a problem for you? There are two brands of fabric softeners, Attitude and Green Shield, that have an A rating with EWG.
Over the course of the past 10 years or more, I have be working on developing more sustainable practices at home to reduce waste (including recycling). I have also been on a mission to swap out cleaning and personal care products with safer versions (products that limit exposure to environmental toxins).