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Getting Down and Dirty with Detergents
The average Australian family with children usually does about 1 load of washing per day. Most people I know use the commercially available brands for their daily washing loads, without realising that they are putting their long-term health at risk. So, how to clean up washing detergents in your life?
Your biggest organ is your skin. When you put on your squeaky clean clothes, which have been washed with ordinary detergent, you are running the risk of absorbing many of the nasty chemicals that are contained within these products.
They are in direct contact with your skin for most of the day and then at night, as you snuggle into your Egyptian cotton sheets, which have all been carefully laundered with the same “dirty” detergent, you will once more be in direct skin contact with these chemicals for the remainder of the day and night.
Be aware that the commercially available detergents you are using may contain a cocktail of potent cancer-causing chemicals, some of which the manufacturer doesn’t even have to list on the label. This loophole reduces the odds that you’ll ever discover what’s in there.
Let us just list four of the worst offenders:-
- Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)/sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)
- 1,4-dioxane (click this link for more info)
- NPE (nonylphenol ethoxylate) (click here for more info)
Not only are these chemicals damaging to your health, but they are also contaminating waterways and harming the environment.
SLS is a detergent and emulsifier used in thousands of industrial cleaners and cosmetic products. It is present in nearly all shampoos, scalp treatments, hair colour and bleaching agents, toothpastes, body washes and cleansers, make-up foundations, liquid hand soaps, and laundry detergents.
Although SLS originates from coconuts, the chemical is anything but natural.
Levels of contamination with the listed “dirty” ingredients were so high, that many companies in the US have come under legal attack for poisoning consumers. About two-thirds of the laundry detergents tested in the US contained 1,4-dioxane.
Our advice is – read your laundry detergent label carefully before washing your clothes with these toxic ingredients.
We make our own laundry detergent and love it, plus it is much cheaper than buying the carcinogenic commercially available brands. Even if you buy “organic” and “natural” we urge you to carefully read the ingredient list and check that none of the above nasties are in it.
Go to Home Made Laundry Soap Powder and get our own recipe. This will give you the details you need on how to clean up washing detergents in your life. All it takes is a bit of elbow grease to grate the pure soap and mix it well with the other, easily available ingredients.
Happy and healthy washing.