Hidden Dangers of Laundry Detergent

Hidden Dangers of Laundry Detergent  One simplest changes you can make to live a healthier lifestyle, is the choice of laundry detergent you use to wash your clothes.  Most people would like to rid their homes of pollutants.  But, how often do you think about these toxins thriving in the laundry room?

In looking at the bottles of laundry detergent that are sold in stores, we usually encounter ingredients that mean nothing to us, or find that a detergent has no ingredients listed at all.  It seems odd in this day and age that any type of product could be sold without having an ingredients list, but that is exactly what happens with commercial brand laundry detergent in some cases.

Why Common Laundry Detergent Is Bad:

Most of the name brand laundry detergent that is on the market these days contain things such as phenols, optical brighteners, phosphates, and artificial fragrances.  These items do not come in small doses, either.  All of the toxic ingredients listed can be found in very high concentrations inside of standard laundry detergent.  All of these are bad for you and for the Earth.

Amazingly enough, most of those harmful chemicals are not even necessary to clean your clothes.  They are only added so that your clothes will be brighter and whiter to the eye.  If you are exposed to these chemicals for prolonged periods of time, you can develop allergies to that various laundry detergent.  These chemicals can cause damage to your skin.  The fumes that they give off when your clothes are drying can also harm you, as the staff of many dry cleaners and launderettes will eventually be alarmed to discover.

Like That Laundry Detergent Fragrance?

Think about this for a second, one of the major problems with fragrances in laundry detergent is that we don’t really know what chemicals are actually in them.  They are often made up of phthalates, which are endocrine and hormone disruptors, which can affect both normal reproductive development and infertility, and they are also air and water pollutants.

So your next question is probably, What about fragrance free that I buy?  Well, check this out.  Products that are labelled “fragrance free” aren’t actually completely fragrance free because it’s not a term that is regulated.  Because fragrance often has to be added to cover up the smell of the chemicals, even “fragrance-free” products still contain small amounts of fragrance in them.

 Laundry Detergent And Bleach:

Some bleaches can be toxic, according to EPA.  For example, sodium perborate can be a threat to human health as well as the environment.  Sodium hypochlorite, another bleach, can form a hazardous gas and chlorinated organic byproducts, possibly damaging fibers in clothing and fabrics.

Laundry Detergent And Organ Damage:

Hidden Dangers of Laundry Detergent Traces of alkylbenzene sulfonates, or ABS, a chemical found in laundry detergent, transfers to your skin as you wear your freshly washed clothing.  ABS comes in contact with your skin most often when the weather is warm, as the chemical begins to melt and is absorbed into your body.  A build-up of ABS can contribute to liver damage in some people, according to True Green Enterprises. Ethyl acetate, another chemical found in laundry products, can also cause liver damage in rare cases.

If you want to be sure that your laundry is as non-toxic and safe as possible, seek out a natural brand of laundry detergent. If you’re looking for a reputable brand, I highly recommend Essante Organics laundry liquid concentrate.

If you have allergies, asthma or chemical sensitivities, Essante Organics  laundry liquid concentrate offers a highly effective, ultra-concentrated, ready-to-use detergent solution that leaves behind no residue to irritate sensitive skin, plus is free of phosphates, petroleum solvents, chlorine, perfumes, dyes, animal byproducts, and other toxic compounds. 🙂

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Originally born and raised in Woburn Massachusetts (love my Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins!) I made my trek northward to the beautiful state of Maine back in October 2003 after marrying my college sweetheart. We began a family in 2004 and I am happy to say that we have 4 happy, healthy, beautiful children that bring an amazing amount of joy to our lives! I am also a type 1 diabetic. Diagnosed back in 2006 (out of the blue), at a routine doctors visit. Diabetes has single handed-ly been the biggest obstacle that I have faced in my life. At the time I had no idea of what a roller coaster ride I would be in for, I mean really, what's a couple finger sticks a day and a couple shots of insulin for food...this will be easy, I got this! Well 2 ER visits later, I quickly found out that this was no joke, and if I wanted to see my little ones grow up, this was something that I needed to take seriously! Little by little as we began to digest all of the information that was being thrown at acting insulin, short acting insulin, lancets, test meters, test strips, ketone sticks, carb counting, food groups, glucagon emergency kits, insulin pumps, glucose monitors...OMG, my head was spinning like a top!! After a couple of crazy years, I can happily say that I am well controlled and feel absolutely amazing! Not to be lost in all of this either is the amazing support of my wife. She has been my rock! She has been with me every step of the way, from 2am finger sticks to helping me change out a failed pump in the middle of a crowded restaurant. She truly is an amazing wife and mom and I can't imaging my life without her love and support- love you babe!

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