The Dangers of Laundry Detergent

Most of us have heard stories of people getting rashes from laundry products, or having allergy problems.  Some of us even have an issue walking down the grocery store aisle where these products are displayed.  There is a good reason for that.  These products contain chemicals and compounds that are not healthy for children and other living things!  Some of these ingredients are known to be cancer causing.

The following facts about laundry detergent may help you become more aware of the many hazardous ingredients contained in these cleaning agents. These facts may also give you some insight into a better option for you and your family.

  1. Surfactants Cause Skin Irritation

If you take a close look at the warning label on your favorite laundry detergent, you’ll notice that it urges you to avoid direct skin contact. Detergents work by removing oils from clothes, and that includes the natural oils produced by your own skin. Among other uses, our natural oils are necessary for protection against microbes.

Surfactants are the main agents that strip away oils, an action that can seriously irritate the skin and aggravate skin issues. [1] Rashes are common when the skin comes in direct contact with detergents, and some sensitive individuals may break out after wearing clothes that have been washed with conventional surfactant-containing detergents. [2] Respiratory problems may also result from regular exposure to these chemicals. [3]

  1. Many are Endocrine Disruptors

In today’s world where toxins run wild and the use of man-made chemicals affect practically every area of life, it’s no wonder that we’re witnessing a surge of hormone-related issues plaguing both women and men. Researchers have found that detergents can disrupt endocrine function and interfere with hormone balance. [4]

Many chemicals in common household cleaning products act as xenoestrogens, or synthetic estrogens, which increase the amount of estrogen-like activity in the human body. [5] This can negatively affect fertility in males and increase breast cancer risk in females. [6] [7] Hormone imbalance also contributes to an extensive range of problems including heart disease, depression, and mental impairment. [8] [9]

  1. They’re Bad for the Environment

After the final rinse, that stuff goes down the drain… into the environment. The effect of laundry detergent on the environment is undeniable, and it’s only within the last few years that we are seeing the toll it’s taking on animal and plant life. Most detergents run into the water supply and have been shown to interfere with aquatic life. This stuff is not natural and many plants and animals cannot process the chemicals contained in these products. Producing and distributing laundry detergent already carries a heavy carbon footprint. Sodium triphosphate and trisodium phosphate can make their way into the water and interfere with sea life development. [10] In fact, phosphates that make their way into the water can increase the growth of toxin-producing algae which can kill plants, fish, dolphins, and other sea creatures. [11]

A Better Option

As you can see above, laundry detergent is bad for you and our environment.  By the way, much of the same applies to using bleach and fabric softeners as well.

So you ask, “how am I supposed to do my laundry?”  Well there is a product whose technology has been being used by hospitals for more than a decade that enables you to do your laundry with NO DETERGENT, NO BLEACH AND NO FABRIC SOFTENER!   Best of all, you also use NO HOT WATER!

Sound too good to be true?  IT’S NOT!!   This device not only allows you to get your laundry clean,  it leaves them soft and fresh smelling, and best of all, it kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria!. 

The product is called Laundry Pure  and is available from Green Health Technologies.   For more information check out their website and learn more about the Laundry Pure System and other green technology products for your health.  DO IT TODAY!

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References:

  1. Gerster FM, Vernez D, Wild PP, Hopf NB. Hazardous substances in frequently used professional cleaning products. Int J Occup Environ Health. 2014 Jan-Mar;20(1):46-60.
  2. Robinson MK1, Kruszewski FH, Al-Atrash J, Blazka ME, Gingell R, Heitfeld FA, Mallon D, Snyder NK, Swanson JE, Casterton PL. Comparative assessment of the acute skin irritation potential of detergent formulations using a novel human 4-h patch test method. Food Chem Toxicol. 2005 Dec;43(12):1703-12.
  3. Crawford C, Zirwas MJ. Laundry detergents and skin irritancy–a comprehensive review. 2014 Jan-Feb;12(1):23-31.
  4. Sosa-Ferrera Z1, Mahugo-Santana C, Santana-Rodriguez JJ. Analytical methodologies for the determination of endocrine disrupting compounds in biological and environmental samples. Biomed Res Int. 2013;2013:674838. doi: 10.1155/2013/674838.
  5. Roy JR, Chakraborty S, Chakraborty TR. Estrogen-like endocrine disrupting chemicals affecting puberty in humans–a review. Medical Science Monitor. 2009 June;15(6):RA137-45.
  6. Roya Rozati, M.D., P.P. Reddy, Ph.D., P Reddanna, Ph.D., Rubina Mujtaba, Ph.D. Role of environmental estrogens in the deterioation of male factor fertility. Fertility and Sterility. Volume 78, Issue 6, Pages 1187-1194, December 2002.
  7. Tonko Buterin, Caroline Koch and Hanspeter Naegeli. Convergent transcriptional profiles induced by endogenous estrogen and distinct xenoestrogens in breast cancer cells. Carcinogenesis (2006) 27 (8): 1567-1578. doi: 10.1093/carcin/bgi339.
  8. Machackova J, Barta J, Dhalia NS. Molecular defects in cardiac myofibrillar proteins due to thyroid hormone imbalance and diabetes. Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology. 2005 December;83(12):1071-91.
  9. Rohr UD. The impact of testosterone imbalance on depression and women’s health. 2002 April 15;41 Suppl 1:S25-46.
  10. Eduard Smulders, Wolfgang von Rybinski, Eric Sung, Wilfried Rähse, Josef Steber, Frederike Wiebel, Anette Nordskog. Laundry Detergents. Ullman’s Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry. 15 July 2007. DOI: 10.1002/14356007.a08_315.pub2.
  11. Torben Madsen, Helle Buchardt Boyd, Dorthe Nylen, Anne Rathmann Pedersen, Gitte I. Petersen and Flemming Simonsen. Environmental and Health Assessment of Substances in Household Detergents and Cosmetic Detergent Products. Environmental Project No. 615 2001.
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