The truth about laundry detergent
Did you know that laundry detergent is highly toxic? Did you know that the “sensitive skin” laundry detergent is equally toxic and is nothing but an advertising gimmick to make you pay more?
Your clothes may smell as fresh as a sunny spring afternoon, but don’t let the scent fool you, what your smelling are synthetic fragrances and a whole lot of toxins. Regular laundry detergent is full of toxic chemicals that can trigger a whole array of problems such as:
- Skin sensitivity and irritation
- Respiratory problems (asthma)
- Throat irritation
- Damage to the heart, lungs, kidney, and liver
Not only are you washing your own clothes with this toxic liquid, but you also wash your family’s and your kids’ clothes with it. Many parents don’t realize that the detergent they use can be the cause of many health problems their kids have.
One of the most harmful chemicals found in laundry detergent is 1,4-Dioxane. This chemical, which is found in paints and varnishes, is found in leading brands of laundry detergent like Tide. The EPA (environmental protection agency) considers this solvent a human carcinogen and states:
“1,4-Dioxane is used as a solvent. Acute (short-term) inhalation exposure to high levels of 1,4-dioxane has caused vertigo, drowsiness, headache, anorexia and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs in humans. It may also irritate the skin. Damage to the liver and kidneys has been observed in rats chronically (long-term) exposed in their drinking water. In three epidemiologic studies on workers exposed to 1,4-dioxane, the observed number of cancer cases did not differ from the expected cancer deaths. Tumors have been observed in orally exposed animals. EPA has classified 1,4-dioxane as a Group B2, probable human carcinogen.”
And 1,4 Dioxane is only one of the chemicals used in a product such as Tide. There are more than 25 other chemicals in this detergent’s formula. Other dangerous substances like sodium laurel sulfate, ammonia, nonylphenol ethoxylate, phenols, and phosphates can lead to significant health problems.
You are exposing your body to these harmful substances every day if you use regular laundry detergents. There can be there are acute side effects to this chemical just by even inhaling it or direct contact with the skin.
Not only do these chemicals stay on your clothes after washing, but they also penetrate your skin. Especially when your clothes become damp or wet (sweating/raining).
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
Ditch and Switch
I can write a very detailed article about all the ingredients of regular detergent and their health concerns, but I think you get the picture. It is far more damaging then the manufacturers want you to believe. Google it and see for yourself.
I understand you may be concerned about your options but there are plenty. Our On Guard laundry detergent contains naturally derived surfactant and bio origin enzyme complex along with wonderful essential oils to make your laundry clean, smell great and above all, safe.
Extremely concentrated, you only need about 1/4 of what you normally use. It is color safe for washable fabrics at all temperatures and is free of synthetic fragrances, dyes, and toxins, which makes it a safe choice for your family as well as the environment. This bottle has the ability to do up to 64 loads of laundry!
If you prefer to make your own safe, non-toxic laundry detergent, you absolutely can. It is fairly simple to do.
Loaded with chemicals like sulfates, fragrances, and phenols, conventional laundry detergent is not a great option. Why not make your own natural laundry detergent? This simple DIY yields a natural and effective detergent.
2 cups washing soda
2 cups borax
1 bar grated castile soap
25 drops On Guard blend
If you like your laundry scented you can add 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil as well.
- Mix washing soda, borax, and grated castile soap together.
- Add essential oil, mixing to combine.
- Use ¼ cup per load. Store in an airtight container.
One bottle of 15 ml On Guard blend is enough to make the recipe above 8 times! Talk about a money saver!
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