Laundry Detergents and Fabric Softeners
A study published online in Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health, found that the air released through the vent while a dryer dries a load of laundry washed with the top-selling scented liquid laundry detergent and a scented dryer sheet contains more then 25 volatile organic compounds (VOC) and two carcinogens. .
The EPA classifies acetaldehyde and benzene as carcinogens, for which it has established no safe exposure level.
Manufacturers are not required to disclose the ingredients used in fragrances, so, who knows what else is in there!!
Bleach: Sodium Hypochlorite is your regular household jug of bleach. But we have used bleach in our households for so long, that we no longer concern ourselves with the toxicity of it. But OSHA requires masks, gloves and they have guidelines for use. Most of my life, I’ve had my bare hands in bleach water without a worry. It’s definitely something to worry about!
Chlorine bleach is very potent and corrosive and will cause irritation to your eyes, skin, respiratory tract. I have experienced that before! The fumes coming from the bleach made my nose and throat burn.
Expose to bleach can cause dangerous toxin to build up in your body over time and stress your liver, kidney and lungs.
Exposure has also been linked to breast cancer.
Lemon Essential Oil can be whitening in your laundry! I add 3-4 drops to a 1/4 cup of baking soda and then add that to the running water of the washer. I’m not sure how to add it to the cool new front loaders, but if you have one, please chime in!
Create a soft scrub using 2 Tbs baking soda, 2 Tbs Thieves Household Cleaner, 4 drops of Lemon Essential Oil. Mix together and use as you would any soft scrub.
Fragrance: As mentioned earlier, manufactures of fragrances don’t have to list ingredients! That’s a little scary. Most of the fragrances aren’t even needed to assist with cleaning, they’re just for scent. Which, I get! I enjoy good smells too, I like my laundry to smell fresh and clean, but I no longer love the heavily scented smells from the soap and fabric softeners. Once you step away for a bit, it’s pretty overwhelming.
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), fragrances are counted in the top five allergens and can trigger asthma attacks. They have also revealed that 75% of fragrances contain phthalates which have been linked to diabetes, obesity, and hormone disruption (affecting both development and fertility.) Even natural fragrances or essential oils in detergents may be processed with harmful solvents because it is less expensive than distillation.
Surfactants There are many types of cleaning agents used in laundry detergent. One type is petroleum distillate or naphtha. Naphtha’s, derived from synthetic crude oil, are used to dissolve grease and grime. Research has linked naphtha’s to damage of the mucus membranes and lungs as well as inflammation, asthma and even cancer.
Another highly toxic cleaning agent found in laundry detergent is phenol. Some people are very sensitive to this substance and can experience severe side effects when exposed – including death. This chemical is absorbed rapidly by the skin and the toxin is spread quickly throughout the entire body damaging the central nervous system, blood vessels, heart and kidneys.
Did you know that 83.33% of fabric softeners get a D or F Rating from the Environment Working Group? Fabric Softeners and dryer sheets coat our clothes with a subtle layer of slimy chemicals, which is why the feel a little softer.
The most common softening chemicals are called “quats” (short for quaternary ammonium compounds). The Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics, a leading international authority on asthma, calls these chemicals “asthmagens,” substances that can cause asthma to develop in otherwise healthy people.
There are affordable ways to get away from all those chemicals! And you can earn reward points just for buying the stuff you need. Y’all, Target is my FAVORITE store ever, but they don’t give me reward points that I can use on a separate order to get my products for free. Just sayin…
So here is MY plan of action. I purchased the starter kit first, cause… well, no brainier. It will meet all your needs NOW. Cleaning, health, air… it’s covered. Then I bought the Thieves Household Cleaner to replace EVERYTHING for cleaning. Seriously. Even wood floors. Yep!
To learn more about getting your kit to get your clean life started, follow this link. You can go there and look around, but when you enroll, be sure that you click on the wholesale customer so you get enrolled for wholesale pricing. http://bit.ly/YLcalamityjanesfarm
I’m getting Shampoo and Conditioner in April, Dishwasher soap in May… just replacing the stuff that I use.