Many additives in detergents, "natural" or not, are known carcinogens. Cancer is the #1 killer of children after car accidents. Household chemical exposure is a leading cause. Residual detergent sticks to clothing and inside the washing machine. It never leaves your laundry and seeps into your skin from clothing.
Detergent Could Be Making You Sick
Detergents are made to lift dirt, not kill the germs we come into contact with. When a family member is sick and we wash their sheets, clothes, etc., the bacteria is simply swished around inside the machine, stuck inside the machine.
That Musty Smell
Detergent residue inside the washing machine contributes to the nasty smell some washing machines have. Unseen gunk behind the wash wheel collects and combined with moisture creates a comfy place for bacteria, mold and viruses to multiply.
Be Detergent Free
Detergents and other laundry additives like fabric softeners present a significant danger as common household items. Even as the clothing dries, these chemicals become airborne, known as volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. Not only do we absorb the residuals through our skin, but inhale these toxic fumes as well.