It is, after all, what his Mama used. I don't mess with that.
But I did have to cut out additional fragrances and additives elsewhere. Roman breaks out in angry hives every time a fragrance even comes near his skin. Chase started to develop red and bumpy rashes on his face.
My first plan of attack was to switch our bath products. I tried five or six different kinds of soap and special washes. I even spent $20 on a special organic baby shampoo. Of course, it still made Roman break out. Dummy. :)
Then I bought some Dr. Bronner's peppermint soap. It comes in a huge bottle for $10 and has only a few natural ingredients- saponified coconut, jojoba, hemp and olive oils, and peppermint oil. Success! It does not make the babies break out. I am using it on my hair and body as well. I love it! It stings the eyes like a mother, though. Use caution. I figure I will save about $15-$20 a month by using only one product on all of us. It will take probably three or four months to break even after my special-soap-hunting spree. Oh, well.
As I read further about dyes and fragrances, I realized a likely culprit in the boys' breakouts was this:
oops. No, this:
I had been using the cheapest dryer sheets I could find. I didn't even like the smell. They were just inexpensive. I was trying to save money. But we were not living better...
So I chucked the sheets, searched the internet, and found another use for white vinegar.
When added to the rinse cycle of your laundry, white vinegar does a fantastic job of softening your clothes. Amazing.
I added this as well:
I really love this peppermint oil! It has so many uses. The bottle is less than $5.00 on Amazon and it lasts forever, through many homemade experiments.
I pour a half of a cup of vinegar to my rinse cycle, and add a generous shaking of peppermint oil to the vinegar. While I thought I loved the smell of dryer sheets, there is nothing like opening the washer to the fresh, minty smell of clean laundry.
I have experimented with adding this mixture to a washcloth and putting it in the dryer, but the clothes come out no softer, and a faint smell of vinegar lingers. There is no vinegar smell when I use the concoction in the rinse cycle.
I won't claim it is as cost-effective as cheap dryer sheets, but it is really close. The gallon of vinegar lasts three weeks, and the peppermint oil lasts probably six months. Like I said, that is with two loads every single day. It costs about three dollars a month. Not too bad.
Have you ever used this method? Would you like to try? Let me know :)