What’s Really In Conventional Laundry Detergent?
Very few of us actually know what any of the various chemical names listed on our laundry products actually are assuming that they are even listed on the packaging at all. Here is a list of chemicals that are found in detergents, fabric softeners, stain removers, and dryer sheets along with their potential dangers:
1. " Artificial fragrances ", " Synthetic " or " artificia " fragrances are considered to be among the top five allergens and are also known for triggering asthma attacks. 95% of chemicals used in fragrances are synthetic compounds derived from petroleum-cocktail of benzene derivatives,aldehydes, phthalates and many other known highly toxic chemicals imitate " fresh scents ". These toxins are proven to have the capability of causing allergic reactions,diabetes, obesity, birth defects, neurotoxins - central nervous system damage, endocrine disruptors, and potent cancer - causing chemicals.
Your skin is an organ, it has the capacity to absorb into your blood stream whatever may be rubbing against it! When scented fabric softeners and detergents are used and clothing is dried in a tumble dryer, the dryer vents emit a surprising amount of volatile organic compounds ( VOCs ) that are classed as hazardous air pollutants harming your throat, nasal passages, and airways.
More than thirty - three million Americans are suffering from sinusitis and twelve million suffering from asthma. Asthma and asthma related deaths have increased by over 30% in the past 10 years. The damage caused by fragrances in chemical cleaners alone is likely to be a leading cause of this dramatic increase.
A good general rule to follow is that if you can smell the fragrance of a product without opening it, it's not safe.Unscented products are often just as harmful as their scented counterparts.
SOLUTION: Find natural ones or make your own, I will show you how!
2. " Natural Fragrances " Products that state vague wording like " natural " or " organic " fragrances, including those that list “ essential oils ”, are often made using less expensive solvents which can be equally as hazardous to our health and the environment as " artificial fragrances " are. Many of these substances ( including those found in essential oils ) can react to the ozone creating secondary pollutants such as acetaldehyde, acetone, and formaldehyde.
3. " Optical Brighteners " ( ER, KSN, OB, OB - 1 ) Optical Brightening Agents ( OBAs ) , Optical Whiteners, Fluorescent Brightening Agents, Fluorescent Whitening Agents ( FWAs ), and Organic Fluorescent Dyes; Most conventional detergents include an additive known as optical brighteners.
They have been proven to be toxic to humans and may cause developmental and reproductive effects. Experiments have shown that bacteria and fungi, when exposed to optical brighteners, absorb them and transport them to new cells; this is also known as mutations of micro - organisms! Optical brighteners may also cause skin to become photo - reactive meaning it becomes more sensitive to harmful sun rays.Not biodegradable and may bioaccumlate. Hazardous to aquatic life.
Solution: Brighten your clothes on a sun light.
1. Benzaldehyde is used in multiple household products despite being classed as a hazardous substance by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. It can cause irritation to eyes, mouth, throat, skin, lungs, and GI tract. It can also cause nausea, stomach pain, and kidney damage.
2. Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid ( EDTA ) - is used to reduce mineral hardness in water. It has been found to cause damage to cells and DNA in animal and has reproductive and developmental effects. when consumed orally. EDTA does not biodegrade and can redissolve toxic heavy metals in the environment. This may lead to its reintroduction into the food chain.
3. Diethanolamine - can cause irritation to skin and eyes. It is also linked to liver and kidney tumours and developmental and reproductive (testicular) toxicity in animal studies. Also known for acute, chronic, and subchronic toxicity for aquatic life.
4. Quaternium - 15 - is known to release formaldehyde which is a known carcinogen.It can cause contact dermatitis, rashes, and skin inflammation.
5. 2 - Butoxyethanol - is used in detergents as a remover of grease and oils. In clinical tests, it has shown birth defects, reproductive and developmental effects in animal studies. It has also proven to be a carcinogen to animals. This substance can be absorbed through the skin as well as inhaled when airborne.
6. Benzyl Acetate - is found in many cleaners, beauty products, and detergents. It is a carcinogen linked to pancreatic cancer, can cause irritation to the respiratory passages and eyes, and can be absorbed through the skin leading to systemic effects. Animal studies have shown hyper - anemia of the lungs.
7. Dry Cleaning - Perchlorethylene ( PERC ) - is a substance used in dry cleaning. It can cause harm to the central nervous system. Long term exposure may cause damage to the liver, kidneys, reproductive system, immune and hemotologic systems. Short term exposure can cause headaches, dizziness, confusion, fatigue, skin, lung, eye and mucous membrane irritation. PERC exposure has been associated with elevated risks of certain types of cancer and has proven to be toxic to plants and animals.
Solution: If you must do dry cleaning than use carbon dioxide cleaning that is safer.
8. Ethyl acetate - is used in many household cleaners and is often found in fabric softener. It is a neurotoxin and a narcotic. It is known to be irritating to the respiratory tract and the eyes. It may cause headaches and could potentially cause damage to the liver and kidneys.
9. Nonylphenol ethoxylate ( NPEs ) - nonionic surfactant petrochemicals petrochemicals has already been banned in a few countries but still exists in many detergents found in the USA. NPEs are known endocrine and hormone disruptors and can have negative effects on foetal development and physical function. These chemicals are particularly harmful to infants and children. They are known for also causing harm to neurologic, immune, cardiac, kidney, and liver function. NPEs are so slow to biodegrade they become even more toxic throughout the process and profoundly affect hormones in aquatic life.
10. Dioxane ( also known as Dioxane or Diethylene Oxide ) - very harmful substance, often it is not labeled on ingredients lists as it it usually a byproduct rather than an intentionally added ingredient. This compound is known for causing irritation to the eyes and respiratory tract as well as causing damage to the liver, kidneys, and central nervous system, It has been classed as carcinogenic to humans and exposure to it has even been a reported cause of several deaths. Dioxane is not biodegradable, cannot be broken down, and cannot be removed by water filters. To avoid dioxane, look for the following suffixes in the ingredients list of your detergents: Any " eth " such as Myreth, oleth, laureth, ceteareth, PEG Polyethylene, polyethylene glycol, or polyoxyethylene, Oxynol, Sodium laureth/laurel sulfate
11. Linear alkyl sodium sulfonates ( LAS ) - synthetic petrochemicals account for a large percent of the chemical makeup of detergents. The are often listed on labels as " anionic surfactants ". These can act as skin and eye irritants, producing reproductive and carcinogenic toxins such as benzene during production. These can be toxic to aquatic life and as they biodegrade slowly, they are an environmental hazard.
12. Petroleum distillates ( napthas ) - are derived from synthetic crude oil and are used for dissolving grease, dirt and grime. They have been linked to lung and mucus membrane damage, asthma and cancer and can cause skin and eye irritation, respiratory system disturbance, and harm to central nervous system.
13. Sodium Hypochlorite ( Bleach ) - is a highly poisonous substance. While in use chlorinated compounds are emitted and chlorinated VOCs are generated. These are toxic and considered to be human carcinogens. Bleach can also produce organochlorices ( OC ) which are carcinogenic, neurotic, and endocrine disruptors.
14. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate ( SLS ), and Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate ( ALS ) - are used in many household products for their foaming properties. They are known irritants to skin and eyes. They are also linked to organ toxicity, neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, reproductive toxicity, biochemical or cellular changes and cancer.
15. Phosphates - are very effective at breaking down dirt and removing stains and as such, are present in many household cleaners and detergents. However, detergent residues containing phosphates can cause nausea, diarrhoea, and skin irritations. They are also very harmful to aquatic life in rivers and lakes as they can increase algae growth which depletes oxygen levels in water. This can lead to the suffocation of salmon and other fish.
16.Phenols - can cause severe health disruption and even death to a person hypersensitive to it. It is rapidly absorbed and even at low doses it can cause severe toxicity in the heart, lungs, blood vessels, kidneys, and central nervous system.
17. A - Terpineol - Found in laundry detergent, fabric softener, and bleach, this harmful substance can be highly irritating to mucous membranes, can produce pneumonitis and fatal edema, loss of muscular coordination, central nervous nervous system, respiratory depression, and headaches.
How to Eliminate Chemical Buildup?
The following list offers several ways to eliminate chemicals:
- Grow your own organic foods
- Preserve your own organic foods
- Buy organic foods
- Wash all fruits and vegetables with purified water ( use running water and a clean wash cloth to wipe produce down followed by a two - minute rinse under running water )
- Use only natural cleaning products
- Use natural insect repellent ( never buy products that contain DEET )
- Avoid the use of artificial scents, cosmetics, and room and laundry deodorizers
- Do not use artificial sweeteners
- Avoid processed foods
- Avoid areas where pesticides may have been sprayed
- Do not use pesticides in your home or garden
- Do not use mosquito spray
- Wear pants ( tuck socks into pants ) and long-sleeves when you travel in areas where insects are suspect
It is right for you and your family to know what you're eating. Ignorance isn't always bliss.
Protecting Yourself And Your Family: eat organic, use natural products, free of artificial chemical ingredients.
Do not trust the large print on the label. We've all heard phrases like " the devil is in the details " and " don't forget to read the fine print " .
Or better yet? Grow your own food and live out of city in a health conscious community that are now days increasingly popping up.
That's the best way to go, and I’d love to help you learn how. I want you to become energy independent.
On behalf of the planet, I want to thank you sincerely for taking the time to read green family tips.
In future videos, we will show you how to make: Your Own Natural Shampoo and Conditioner, Tooth paste, Mouthwash, Deodorant, Natural Stain Remover and Laundry Detergent.
It's time to take your health back .