Stepping out of a steamy shower, many people are wrapping up in a freshly laundered bath towel without giving it a second thought. But did you know there's a good number of reasons to air dry because what lurks in your "clean" laundry could actually make you sick? According to The Environmental Working Group, common ingredients in cleaning products have been linked to serious health concerns like asthma, cancer, birth defects, and allergies. Specifically for laundry cleaning supplies, I can run out of breathe naming off the long list of toxic contaminants used in America's popular brands.
So what's the problem?
Conventional detergents are comprised of a concoction of fragrances, endocrine disruptors (read sabotage hormone function), neurotoxins and potent cancer-causing chemicals. Most detergents have signature fragrances which are designed to impregnate and stay in clothes. The unscented versions add masking chemicals, which simply cover up the fragrance with another chemical. Your laundry room may very well be the most toxic room in your home once these chemicals become airborne when washing and drying your clothes.
This is a major problem in light of the fact that scientists are directly linking the alarming rise of degenerative disease in America to exposure to chemicals in our homes and workplaces.
Following is a list of common chemicals in laundry detergent products.
Test this at home with hard water
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Soap & Fragrances
The major fillers used in many detergents are insoluble materials that cause accumulation and buildup in laundry, washers, pumps, pipes, drain lines and septic tanks— and they also end up in our waterways.
Look for non-toxic yet effective products like Norwex Laundry Detergent which dissolves completely and does not accumulate or build up. If you're cleaning with soft water, lucky you! You can check off unnecessary fillers in your laundry all together and should also look into products like Natural Visions that are especially formulated for Rainsoft soft water households. Just be sure to avoid artificial fragrances - choose unscented.
The real problem is the water
Compounding the problem with the chemicals in the cleaning agents, municipal and tap water is full of contaminants like pharmaceuticals, nitrates, chlorine, herbicides, pesticides, lead, fluoride, arsenic as well as hard minerals like calcium, magnesium and manganese which make it impossible for clothes to be rinsed clean of dirt and oil with just soap. Major chemical companies such as Proctor and Gamble, Lever Bros., and Colgate Palmolive understand that most households have DIRTY WATER, so they produce chemical-laden products that chemically-soften water.
<<Read more about Dirty Tap Water and How to Clean It>>
In the past, these companies made an unscented powder form, but today they fill plastic containers full of mostly water then add their chemicals and some fragrances and dyes to cover up the chemical smell. Consumers pay high dollar for this "Cleaner".
Did you know the average American family spends about $40 to $50 each month on cleaning supplies, roughly calculating to $600 a year?
How to clean dirty tap water that's making your laundry dirtier
Luckily for us residing in the United States, there are many ways we can clean dirty tap water full of minerals and rid our homes of gross bacteria and other contaminants which could be harboring in your laundry.
Count the ways you and your family use water.
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