Dirty chemicals in our clean laundry…
I don’t know about you, but Saturday night Facebooking turned out to be explosive for me when I stumbled upon this article about deadly chemicals in laundry detergents. Although the article was published by a famous news website, I decided to do my own research to find out how dangerous these chemicals really are. What I found truly shocked me! The flowery-fresh smell we associate with fresh laundry is actually a deadly union of about 15 different chemicals. Don’t believe me? Read the ingredients of your detergent right now! Actually you wouldn’t even find everything there because guess what… some of these chemicals are not even listed!
Anyway after some thorough research I have put together a list of 5 most harmful toxins that are found in popular detergents. Number 3 got me so furious!
This is a chemical substance that is released as a by product of ethoxylation. Ethoxylation is process that increases the foaming characteristics of cleansing substances. Sadly this releases Dioxane which is known to irritate the eyes and the respiratory tract. Consistent exposure to dioxane can damage the central nervous system, liver and kidneys. Not so long ago, a popular detergent brand came under fire and was even sued when high amount of Dioxane was found out in its samples.
2) Nonlyphenyl ethoxylate:
Commonly classified as NPEs, it is used to manufacture laundry and dish detergents. It shares a structure similar to estrogen, and therefore when it enters the human system it is able to mimic this hormone, thereby disrupting regular functioning and leading to problems such as obesity.
3) Quaternium- 15:
This one should be quarantined! Quaternium 15 finds use as a surfactant in not only laundry detergents but also liquid handwashes, baby shampoos and some moisturisers. It is known to liberate formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is listed as a carcinogen on cancer’s society’s website. Yes, it is so toxic that repeated exposure can cause cancer. Isn’t that outrageous!
It is used as a wetting agent in detergents to provide a rich lather and better consistency for the product. It has been proven to cause skin diseases and reproductive disorders in animal studies.
5) Alkyl sodium sulphates:
These consist of a family of chemicals commonly referred to as Sodium Lauryl Sulphates. They are inexpensive chemicals that act as effective foaming agents in detergents, but cost dearly to human body as they can cause dry skin, itchy eyes and mouth ulcers.
I sincerely hope this blog makes you mad enough to throw your chemical-laden detergent. Clothes remain in close contact with our entire body all the time. Let’s do ourselves (and our loved ones) a favor and switch to non-toxic, natural detergent brands. BTW you can also make your own laundry detergent at home by following this simple recipe on our blog.
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