I’ve finally figured out what has been causing my skin rash!! I’ve had itchy skin on my stomach, back and thighs for the past five or six weeks which has been a huge pain in the butt! During the day it’s not so bad, a little itchy but bearable .. but every night I wake up in the early hours of the morning scratching like crazy.
First I thought it was just dry skin so I was plastering on my homemade moisturizer like crazy. Then I thought it was a reaction to parasites so I did a parasite cleanse (with no change in my rash). And then someone mentioned bed bugs so I freaked out a little and started to wonder if that was it. But in the end the answer was really quite simple – my rash is a reaction to my laundry detergent.
I typically use natural laundry detergent to wash my clothes and have done for years. At my home here in Peru I haven’t been able to do that because natural laundry detergent is not available in any stores. I also don’t have a washing machine at my house so I’ve been hand washing everything which has been okay but it’s almost impossible to rinse all of the detergent out. So my clothes have kind of been left to dry holding a slight residue of chemical laundry detergent .. which has been causing this rash and annoying itchiness on my skin.
I cannot stress enough how important it is to use natural products for everything, including for washing our clothing. My skin reaction to the detergent I’ve been using is enough evidence of just how easy it is to soak detergent into the skin from what’s left on our clothes. And as we know, our skin is porous which means anything you put on to it can soak in and end up inside our bodies. Take a look at your laundry detergent for a moment. Would you be happy and comfortable with rubbing a bit of that onto your skin? And how do you feel about the possibility of some of that detergent actually soaking in?
And really it’s not just our bodies that we need to be concerned about. Any household cleaning product that you use does end up in the environment in some way or another. I apologize to those of you who are going to hate me for sounding like a greenie for a wee bit, but I do feel the need to make you aware (if you’re not already) that using a chemical product means that, that chemical product you’re using will potentially end up polluting our environment in some way or another. If not just from the use itself, it will be polluting from the manufacturing process of the product and its ingredients.
So purchasing and using natural household cleaning products is going to be beneficial not only to you but also to your environment. The more I live here in Pisac and get closer to the land and the simple way of living, the more I hold a greater respect for Pachamama and want to nurture and love her as much as she’s provided for and loved me. One of the simplest ways I can do this is to as much as I can limit the ways in which I pollute her. Using natural household products is a very simple way to do this.
Considering it’s impossible to purchase natural laundry detergent here in Pisac, I’m going to have to figure out how to make my own !! which I’m actually very determined to do because I don’t particularly like this skin rash and scratching all of the time is not fun. If you have a great natural laundry detergent recipe then let me know about it.. otherwise I may just be posting up my very own formula.