I’m still under the gun today, I have a lot of knitting to talk to you about, but I want to wait until I can draw a breath and sit down and, you know, talk about it. TODAY IS NOT THAT DAY.
Instead, here’s a Makoto picture! I realized that I completely forgot to feed him on Sunday (which is his feeding day). Sorry, little buddy!
And now the question: do you have a bottle of Kookaburra Wool Wash on hand? Does it have the ingredients listed? Can you tell me what they are?
I did an experiment this weekend which dramatically demonstrated that I’m sensitive to sulfates. Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, and Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate are all things which are added to make suds. Shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, laundry soap, dishwashing detergent – you get the picture.
These things are known to be irritants. I mean, duh. But the rules say it’s okay if it’s going to be washed right off. Well it turns out that this isn’t really the case for a lot of people who have sensitive skin.
News flash! Irritating chemical irritates.
In the case of SLS stuff, this irritation can take the form of dandruff, acne, dry skin, and (specific to toothpaste) a variety of stomach/intestinal upsets.
If you suffer from any of the above conditions, do this: spend 48 hours without coming into contact with SLS, SLES, ALS, or ALES. Go on a “suds fast” for the weekend. For two days, this may mean washing your hair with a vinegar rinse and brushing your teeth without toothpaste (my dentist says this is fine, by the way). If you have a sensitivity, you’ll see a clear difference by the end of the weekend.
I have a bottle of Dr. Bronner’s on hand, which I’ve been using for shampoo and dishwashing detergent. And some leftover sample soap nuts for laundry. But neither of these work well in cold water – like washing knitting.
Soak and Eucalan both contain The Bad Stuff. How about Kookaburra? Or do you have any other recommendations? I’m open!