Myths vs. Facts About Laundry DetergentsJan 14, 2015
How many of these laundry myths had you fooled? Make sure you‚Äôre getting all the facts about what‚Äôs in your products. To protect your health and the environment look for plant based laundry detergents that are scented naturally with essential oils. 1. Myth: If a laundry detergent smells as fresh as a spring morning it must be safe. Fact: Don‚Äôt be fooled by that sweet smell! Conventional laundry detergents often contain toxic chemicals that are known carcinogens and can also cause skin and throat irritation. 2. Myth: The laundry room is the cleanest room in your home. Fact: Your laundry room may be one of the most toxic rooms. Dryer vents can emit more than 25 volatile compounds (VOC‚Äôs) due to artificially scented laundry detergents and dryer sheets. 3. Myth: Labels on laundry detergent list all the ingredients. Fact: Not all ingredients are required to be disclosed. Since companies are not required to share ‚Äútrade secrets‚Äù fragrance formulas can signify a combination of over hundreds of hidden volatile and synthetic petro chemicals. 4. Myth: Fragrance-free laundry detergents are safer than traditionally fragranced ones. Fact: Even fragrance-free laundry detergents may contain a toxic combination of synthetic chemicals. 5. Myth: If white laundry comes out looking super white it must be very clean. Fact: Many companies add artificially made optical brighteners to their formulas which emit a blue light that tricks the eye into thinking laundry looks whiter. These chemicals can remain in the clothes for some time and can irritate the skin. 6. Myth: Ingredients in laundry detergents are thoroughly tested before they are available to purchase. Fact: Very few chemicals used in laundry detergents have been tested, especially when used in combination. Some harmful chemicals are still in use.