How detergent kills you?
Even though your clothes may smell as fresh as a summer afternoon, regular leading brands of laundry detergents often contain harmful chemicals which lead to negative health effects, ranging from skin and throat irritation to carcinogenicity.
The only way to start avoiding these harmful chemicals is to educate yourself on what you should and should not purchase. This is the best way to look after yourself and your family.
Laundry detergent is something that you use weekly and end up wearing on a daily basis. It can sit on your clothes and then seep into the skin, body, and organs.
Below are some toxic chemicals found in detergent and their impact on your health:
(Infographic by Dr. Lam Coaching)
Severe Laundry Detergent Allergy Reaction
(Photo credit: Joe (Shelby, MI), Stain Removal 101)
Joe share a picture of severe laundry detergent allergy reaction he experienced and wrote:
"I have been using regular XX Brand for a long time and would get minor rashes/irritation from time to time. Then, 2 days ago, while using XX HE with bleach alternative, I had a HUGE flare up and had large lumps and rashes all over my groin, underarms, waistline and legs (picture of underarm included) and both my eyes were half shut from swelling."
Not only does these chemicals remain in your clothes after a wash cycle, but they could potentially penetrate into your skin, especially when your clothes become damp or wet. For example, each time you sweat (especially near your groin or armpits) your body absorbs the residue of detergents that your fabrics contain. As most laundry care manufacturers are not required to list all the ingredients in their laundry detergents, most of them are not even written on the label of the detergent’s bottle!
(Photo credit: Wikipedia on Optical Brightener)
Another example of an extremely harmful ingredients are the optical brighteners that may be in your detergent; additives that emit blue light and make whites appear whiter by tricking the eye. These brighteners remain in clothes long after washing, which may cause irritation. In addition, they also decompose relatively slowly and can be toxic to marine life.
So choosing a natural, organic, safer laundry detergent means having to deal with none of these issues. In short, to answer the question of whether laundry detergents are actually toxic or not? Yes, some of them definitely are. Leading brand, regular detergents are toxic both for humans and for the environment.
Now that you have educated yourself on the harmful effects of carcinogens in laundry detergent on your health, it's time to think about some alternative. There are many alternative options that are safe for the whole family.
The first thing you need to do is clear your house of all products that you think might be affecting your health and your family’s health. That includes most common house cleaning products and instead use some of these ideas to help your clothes stay clean and fresh.
Naturali-Clean Laundry Pyramids: The New way to do your laundry is to use no detergent at all! Wash and clean your clothes with 100% natural magnesium, you will be surprise how this is 10 times more effective in removing odor instead of "covering" up odor using synthetic fragrance found in regular detergent.
Fabric Softener: Instead of using a chemical fabric softener, throw one half cup of white vinegar into your rinse cycle. You might think that there would still be a smell afterwards but you will be pleasantly surprised that after the wash, there will be no smell. Vinegar or otherwise!
Stain Remover: Stains are always a pain, especially for parents with children, and so you might be tempted to turn to the chemical stain remover. However, try this stain remover first and you will definitely be happy with the results. Mix washing soda with baking soda and water and then place onto the stain for a few hours before throwing it into the machine.
Fresh Fragrance: Everyone enjoys the fresh smell of the laundry detergents that you buy at the supermarket. However, many of them are very harmful and so instead add 2 to 3 drops of good quality essential oils to your load.
Reference: https://www.cleancult.com/blog/is-laundry-detergent-actually-toxic/ & https://www.drlamcoaching.com/blog/understanding-the-health-effects-of-carcinogens-in-laundry-detergent/