I’ve been thinking about household chores particularly about starting to wash our dirty laundry on my own. We have been going to a laundromats for a few months now since I got married and moved out of my parents house. It’s pricey but it’s worth it. Recently I thought of washing our dirty clothes myself but failed to meet my husbands expectation – the clothes end up with an awful smell. I realized that I did something wrong and that I should use a better detergent from now on.
After that incident I did some research about laundry detergent-related and found out about the history of laundry detergent. I discovered that way back then soaps are used as detergents. Not only that, Italians used a mix of water with charcoal and sulfur to clean cloths while Egyptians add ashes and silicates to wash their cloths. That’s something huh? Well, that’s actually nothing compared to this new knowledge; I learned that in 1917, the first synthetic detergent was developed in Germany. World War I affected the industry and Germany had shortage of animal fats for making soap.
Detergent, before was known as synthetic detergent which is a non-soap washing and cleaning products. It is put together chemically from a variety of raw materials. The discovery of detergents was also driven by the need for a cleaning agent that, unlike soap, would not combine with the mineral salts in water to form an insoluble substance known as soap curd. the production of household detergent paused due to the World War II intervention. WWII hiatus had instigated further research for detergents and then they discovered that fat and oil supplies would work in mineral-rich sea water and in cold water.
Based on research, the first detergents were used mainly for hand dish-washing and fine fabric cleaning. The successful discovery in the development of detergents for all-purpose laundry uses came in 1946, when the first “built” detergent was introduced in the U.S.
After learning the history, I’ve done more research and I learned that most of the laundry detergents are composed of different chemicals such as Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), Nonylphenol Ethoxylate (NPE), Ammonium Laurel Sulfate (ALS), Phosphates, Parabens, Bleach and more. Some of those chemicals can give us allergic reactions, skin irritation and other skin rashes so I searched for an alternative – a healthier and safer alternative.
I then discovered a 100% natural powder laundry detergent composed of only 2 ingredients – coconut and alkali.
Lala is a mild herbal laundry detergent that is suitable for people who have sensitive skin. It is vegan and it’s an eco-friendly laundry detergent that is good for babies skin and aquatic animals.
The greatest feature Lala has is that after rinsing the clothes, you can use the bucket ( of soaked water with Lala) to water your plants. Yes, that’s right. It’s safe for the plants too.
I used Lala on two laundering technique – hand-wash and washing machine. It’s not as bubbly/foamy as the other chemical-mixed detergent, the foam quickly disappear and with just 2 rinses the detergent is gone, only the nice smell remains.
Watch me using Lala:
Lala is not irritating on the skin. It’s actually quite nice because it doesn’t make your hands rough and it’s easy to rinse off. It’s almost as conditioning as a regular fabcon. Our clothes, when dried felt soft and it didn’t end up having a foul smell. When worn it didn’t make me and my son itch. No skin irritation visible.
I will keep on using it on my clothes for further observation and will update you on my facebook page about it.
For more information and inquiries visit their facebook page.