Very recently it was reported on the radio our laundry detergents are making us sick. The story alleged the additives for scent, color, and cleansing agents were toxic and harmful to the environment and to our bodies. Specifically, the additives are not fully rinsed out at washing and they cling to our clothing and then to our bodies and then absorbed through our skin, and finally, they disable our natural body chemistry to the point of making us sick. It has something to do with our gut bio-system being tainted. I have no idea about the veracity of the original study. I am not a chemist and I don't intend to investigate anything. However, I will tell you we only use "free and clear" at our back room laundry. All this reminds me of a famous and oft quoted line by John Wesley. It was the good Reverend who said in a 1778 sermon "Cleanliness is next to Godliness." This phrase is mistakenly believed to be in the Bible. Trust me, there is no chapter and verse. It's so familiar as to have become a cliché. Who knew the founder of Methodism was capable of such a masterful turn of phrase. I'm not sure what side of the environmental debates Mr. Wesley would support. However, he would be in favor of a life of both cleanliness and Godliness.
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