Did you know that the laundry room can have the most toxic chemicals in our home? I talked about a few ingredients in my video, but let's take a deeper look at those.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (also known as SLS):
What it is ~ it is an emulsifier and foaming agent added to many of our personal care products.
Dangers ~ it is a known carcinogen, neurotoxicity, organ toxicity, skin irritation and endocrine disruption. There are over 60,000 studies on Pubmed on the dangers of this chemical!
What it is ~ More than 95 percent of the chemicals in synthetic fragrances are derived from petrochemicals. These chemicals include: benzene derivatives, aldehydes, phthalates, and a slew of other known toxins that are capable of causing cancer, birth defects, nervous-system disorders and allergies—some of which are cited on the EPA’s hazardous waste list.
Dangers ~ Environmental Working Group (EWG) researchers found more than 75 percent of products listing the ingredient “fragrance” contained phthalates (THAL-ates) which have been shown to disrupt hormone activity, reduce sperm counts, and cause reproductive malformation, and have been linked to liver and breast cancer, diabetes, and obesity.
An optical brightener, found in some laundry detergents, makes fabrics appear brighter. It coats clothing in the washing machine and sticks to fabric even after rinsing. Optical brighteners can cause skin irritation. Some, like triazine-stilbenes, do not break down easily and can accumulate in the environment, where they can be toxic to aquatic life. These chemicals are not allowed in some third-party certification standards for green cleaners. Avoid them when you can.
WHAT DO WE DO??
Homemade Laundry Soap:
Total Time: 5 minutes
- 1 bar grated castile soap
- 2 cups washing soda
- 1 cup baking soda
(If you choose)
- 15 drops lavender essential oil
- 15 drops peppermint essential oil
- Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container.
- Use 1/4 cup per large load (adjust accordingly, especially for high-efficiency washers, for which you may want to wait until the water runs through soap dispenser).
Use white vinegar in place of fabric softener.
Use wool dryer balls in place of dryer sheets.
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