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By May 6, 2021September 21st, 2021No Comments

What’s wrong with laundry soap❓Doesn’t the water just wash all the soap off of the clothes❓
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ANSWER: nope! Many chemicals are designed to stick on to your clothes so that your clothes remain smelling good. As your clothes lose their fresh scent as you wear them throughout the day, where did those scent chemicals go❓Yep, they rubbed onto your skin.
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????????Do you know what got people really wondering about their detergents❓That Tide Pod challenge. You remember when kids and teenagers were chewing the Tide pods? Well, Tide had to come out and say these laundry products contain “highly concentrated, toxic detergent.” ????????????????
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What’s so bad with laundry detergent? A few culprits are (there are more):
1️⃣The phthalates in the fragrance you inhale and absorb. These are endocrine disruptors.
2️⃣Vocs emitted by them. Vocs are volatile organic compounds that easily become vapors or gases.
3️⃣ 1,4-dioxane a byproduct of certain chemicals. The EPA has classified 1,4-dioxane as a Group B2, probable human carcinogen. (1)
4️⃣ Artificial dyes
5️⃣SLES – can sometimes have the by product 1,4 dioxane.

Scent is one of the most difficult things for people to let go of when it comes to laundry products. But consider this:

A University of Washington study tested scented laundry products and showed that “nearly 100 volatile organic compounds were emitted” and none were listed on the product label. The EPA lists the adverse health effects of VOC’s as ranging from headaches to liver and central nervous system damage. (2,3)

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1. https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2014-03/documents/ffrro_factsheet_contaminant_14-dioxane_january2014_final.pdf
2. https://www.washington.edu/news/2008/07/23/toxic-chemicals-found-in-common-scented-laundry-products-air-fresheners/
3. https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/volatile-organic-compounds-impact-indoor-air-quality
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