Because you wanted more reasons to spend money, riiiiiite?
As a mother to daughters with asthma, allergies, and eczema, we spend a lot of money on groceries (coconut yogurt, vegan + soy-free butter, rice milk, you know the drill). It’s a common lament among allergy parents, but I’m glad to be living in a time where we have all of these options available to us. I can’t imagine having a conversation about quinoa bread in 1998 without people going huh? what? What language is that?
Since our girls also suffer from eczema, especially during season changes, I started researching to see if there was anything else I could do to reduce the symptoms. (I’ve written before that changing their diets improved – but not eradicated – their eczema.) I kept reading that organic clothing seemed to help, and it makes sense. Organic cotton clothing doesn’t contain the residual pesticides and chemicals that conventional cotton clothing can contain.
I was skeptical at first, but I started off slowly and purchased organic cotton underwear. Within a few days, I noticed an improvement in the eczema that sometimes ails them in that area. Sold. Bought more. The girls are (in theory) asleep in their beds for 12 hours a night, so my next investment was in organic cotton pajamas. Again, it seemed to help. All I can offer you is anecdotal evidence, but internet-wide, there seems to be enough compiled anecdotal evidence to support this theory. Again, as always, your mileage may vary. :)
Some tips, since organic cotton underwear costs as much as a really good sandwich:
1) Start with whatever they’re in most. For us, this means underwear and pajamas.
2) Scour the Internet. Organic clothing doesn’t seem to be incredibly popular yet, so a lot of the sites I’m finding look like they were built on a geocities site and only accept a bank check delivered by carrier pigeon. A few shops I like:
– Salt City Emporium for cute toddler leggings (like the ones in the title photo)
– Skylar Luna for cozy pajamas (seen above on Remmy)
– PACT for onesies (and clothes for the grown-ups, too)
– Hanna Andersson for little kid undies
3) Zulily. They sell some really wonky stuff on Zulily, but I scroll past the photos of Santa Claus mugs and women in bras and head straight to the organic clothing section. I just peek in daily (there’s an app, too) to see what’s new or I type in “organic” in the search box, and they often showcase little-known organic brands. For example, last week they had the aforementioned Hanna Andersson line on super sale.
4) If you see improvements/less eczema, start where you can. For example, organic underwear and an organic camisole under a conventional cotton shirt and jeans or an organic long-sleeved shirt under a sweater. I have no idea if there’s an issue with mixing (organic clothing and conventional clothing in the same drawer), so if someone wants to weigh in on that, please do.
I also make my own laundry detergent (more on that to come) to keep the clothes as soft and safe as possible. How about you? Have you tried organic clothing? Have you seen a difference?
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