6 Harsh Chemicals Found In Your Laundry Detergent & Their Impact on You

LaundrySwoosh- swoosh.

Swoosh- swoosh.

The back and forth of the machine, as it briskly spins the damp clothes around and around. Powerfully it mixes the soapy detergent, engulfing the articles of clothing in its bubbly consistency. Load-after-load the same mundane process in the pursuit of ridding your fabrics of the funky smells of day-to-day activities.

We all have that one preferred laundry detergent that just the aroma alone reminds you of home. I don’t know about you but I’ve always used the same detergent my mom used my whole childhood. Something about that smell just instantly takes me back to my youth and gives me that warm feeling of home. But what if I told you that warm feeling of home that your laundry detergent provides to you also presents you with a potential hazard to your health?

Unfortunately, many brand name laundry detergents contain some scary ingredients that could have an adverse consequence on your overall health.

Frightening, right?

It’s scary to think you could be using a product for years that contains hazardous chemicals that may impact your health negatively. Knowledge is power, and by learning the chemicals contained in your detergent and their impact on your health you can better protect yourself from these harsh toxins.

Frightening Hazardous Chemicals In Detergent Brands

Frightening Hazardous Chemicals In Detergent BrandsAccording to studies, one-third of all scented laundry detergents contain at least one chemical flagged by the EPA as hazardous to our health. On average, laundry detergent products release 17 toxins that go unlisted on the label, which can cause skin irritation to potential neurological damage.

You may be thinking “wow”, is this really true?

Sadly, this is the scary reality of many laundry detergents. There are many different chemicals that may be combined into your detergent, but there are some common toxic chemicals that can be found in most detergent brands.

1.) Fragrances:

One of the main chemicals found in brand detergents is fragrances, that help mask the lingering odors in your fabrics. Are fragrances chemicals though? Surprisingly yes. The smell of home is a combination of chemicals created by detergent makers to give the illusion of clean smelling clothes. When in reality they are just masking the tough odors that are impenetrable to detergent brands. Worst is that because of trade protection, detergent makers do not have to disclose these chemicals in the ingredient list.

2.) 1,4-Dioxane:

Have you ever felt light-headed or dizzy when doing your laundry?

Well if you have this chemical may be the cause to your out of the blue health issues. 1,4- Dioxane inhalation exposure has also caused irritation to the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs in many people.

A test conducted found that the amount of this chemical found in Tide Free & Gentle was 89 parts per million and 63 parts per million in regular Tide. Think of the viable risk exposure to this toxic chemical.

Stabilizers3.) Stabilizers:

Just like the name alludes to, this chemical helps stabilize the detergent formula so it has a longer shelf life.

In reality though, is a longer shelf life worth the risk to your health?

Absolutely not.

These stabilizers include polyalkylene oxide or ethylene oxide, which has been linked to eye and lung irritation, as well as dermatitis.

4.) Phosphates:

I know you have probably walked past a lake or river and noticed all the algae and pollution residing on the top.

Phosphates, the chemical found in our laundry detergent has been associated with this environmental damage. So not only is this chemical toxic to us as humans but it is also damaging to our environment.

5.) Fabric Brighteners:5.) Fabric Brighteners:

I’m sure you have seen the laundry detergent advertisements for brighter clothes just by using this brand detergent.

So what exactly is behind this miracle brightening product? Chemicals, chemicals, and more chemicals! Naphthotriazolystilbenes, benzoxazolyl, and diaminostilbene just to name a few of the chemicals used to brighten your fabrics.

Even worse, the chemicals stay on your clothes, absorbing UV light to help give it the brighter appearance promised.

6.) Bleach:

Bleach is a common addition to laundry detergent, either in the laundry detergent formula itself or as an added chemical in with your detergent. Bleach is known to have reactive health issues when you come into contact with it. It is known to irritate skin, eyes, and lungs when in contact with this chemicals. Bleach also when combined with wastewater can form a toxic organic compound that has been associated with respiratory issues, kidney, and liver damage.

Best Laundry Detergent Odor Eliminator

Did you raid your laundry cabinet after reading all of the ominous facts about the chemicals in your laundry detergent? I wouldn’t blame you if you did!

We rarely think about the ingredients in our detergent or the effects it can have on our health. Some people though have to be especially conscious when purchasing laundry detergent because they have strong sensitivities to chemicals, but for others, this consideration is taken lightly. Alternatives can be made for those with high sensitivities such as using a natural laundry detergent product with no added fragrance. If however, you have a high tolerance to these strong chemicals it still may be a good idea to consider using a natural laundry detergent, to avoid the harsh chemicals present in brand named detergents. Unfortunately, though even many of these natural laundry detergents still contain odors and fragrances that can leave your sensitivities irritated.

With the EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer, you can say goodbye to those lingering pesky odors and fragrances once and for all. EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer traps and eliminates the hard to remove odors, alleviating your sensitivities with just one use.


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Think about all the chemical smells on your clothes that your laundry detergent leaves behind. Do you really want to walk around with those chemicals on your body? I hope you said no because I sure don’t. Protecting yourself from these harsh chemicals is important, and by eliminating the harsh odors you can make your own warm home smell chemical free.

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“HOLY AWESOME! I love this stuff. I had some towels that got left in the dryer and had that mildewy smell and it came right out. I also have special needs children who have potty issues at night and tend to get that urine smell in the blankets and stuff. And this stuff knocks the smell right out that regular detergents can’t do. I am beyond amazed. Really, don’t even need a whole lot for a load.”

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“This item shipped and arrived quickly as expected. It really seems to get odors out. I don’t have a front load wash machine, but I can see why people would want to use it on a regular basis to prevent odors that they can build up.”

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