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What toxins are in your laundry detergent?

Is the laundry that touches you daily coated in chemical toxicity?

We want our clothes to smell fresh but there are chemicals with long names within the detergents that are toxic.  Let’s take a look at a few laundry detergent brands and ingredients to discover where you may be getting dangerous toxins!

Original Fresh, Ultra Purex Regular Detergent
contains the toxic ingredients sodium polyacrylate and disodium diamino stilbene disulfonate.  These are two of many toxic ingredients included in this detergent.  Ongoing exposure to these can trigger neurological symptoms, irritated skin, upper respiratory problems, and allergies.  As they are non-biodegradable substances they continuously soak into the skin as you wear your clothes.


Woolite Everyday Laundry Detergent (Sparkling Falls) comes with a fresh scent and a helping of hazardous chemicals like formaldehyde and triethanolamine TEA.  Studies reveal that these chemicals may cause cancer, skin damage, allergies, upper respiratory issues, and even cancer.  What makes this detergent particularly damaging is that it also harms everything in the environment, including aquatic life.


Tide Plus a Touch of Downy Liquid includes up to 29 toxic chemicals.  These are environmental chemical contaminants that damage our physical health and environment.   Along with several companies, the full list of its ingredients is not listed on the label.  Damaged reproductive system, developmental delay, digestion issues, aquatic toxicity,  damaged vision, and DNA.


Fragrance-Free Babyganics 3X contains Methylisothiazolinone (MIT) which can trigger allergies as well as Sodium tetraborate which is extremely toxic with respiratory problems and skin irritation.  They are used so that the label can say “No parabens” but are not a great substitute.   We are supposed to use these toxins on our babies’ clothes and blankies although they cause hormonal disruptions and harm the ecosystems kill aquatic life.


Xtra Detergent with the Softness of Escape Softener (Lavender & Vanilla) has been listed as the 23rd worst laundry soap.  It also contains Sodium Borate and quaternium-15.  The latter is a highly carcinogenic agent that concentrates in the brain and the central nervous system as well as causing many hormone disruptions.  It is also a respiratory irritant.


Now that you’ve seen the dangers in only one of the products you come in contact with daily, dig in to other products.  If you have multiple exposures to hormone disruptors, carcinogens, or allergy triggers.  When I work with a client in my Health For Life Wellness™ program, I do an analysis of 25 personal care products and 25 of the most common cleaning products in their environment.  Knowing the dangers can show you what you need to change.


Look for biodegradable, natural detergent such as Soap Nuts and natural organic oils sprinkled on dryer wool balls for a non-chemical fragrance.  These are so much better for those with allergies, skin conditions, and sensitivities but are a beneficial switch for all of us.

Learn more on places toxins lurk and healthy alternatives or…

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