Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Toxic Detergents vs Soap Nuts A Laundry Soap You Can Eat by Ken McGowen

Toxic Detergents vs Soap Nuts A Laundry Soap You Can Eat

by Ken McGowen

Green Med Info,   29 October 2013

How we do our laundry, clean our homes and bathe ourselves has changed more in the last 70 years than it has in the previous 7,000 years. None of these changes have been kind to your skin, or good for your health.

The name brand chemical based laundry detergents, household cleaners, soaps, and shampoos that you use in your day to day life contain carcinogens, neurotoxins and envirotoxins.

Everyday, all day long, you are surrounded by and in close contact with chemicals that are known to cause acne, allergies, cancer (melanomas), eczema, psoriasis, premature aging of your skin, rashes, and neurodegenerative disorders in children.

Moreover, "Petroleum-based detergents cause more childhood poisonings than any other household product" reports The Environmental Health Association of Nova Scotia (EHANS)

Compounding that problem is the raising popularity of detergent pods that look like candies to young children. In August of 2013, a 7 month old baby in Florida died after eating a candy-coloured liquid laundry packet.

"7,669 kids 5 and younger exposed to single-load laundry packets from Jan. 1, 2013, to September 30, 2013" screams the warning in bold print at the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) website. "Highly concentrated 'single-load liquid laundry packets' can cause serious harm to young children." says the AAPCC. And then goes on the recommend that parents should "always keep detergents locked up, high, and out of the reach of children."

Commercial detergent companies are now scrambling to make the detergent pods less appealing to children. In July P&G announced that they were making changes to the design of their Tide Pods to try to minimize the risk of children eating their toxin laden products in a press release titled: " P&G Unveils Next Phase of Safe Home Consumer Education Program" implying that the blame for these childhood poisonings should rest firmly on the shoulders of "uninformed" and/or "negligent" parents. But is "Consumer Education" and package redesign the solution? Children were being poisoned by toxic, petrochemical derived commercial laundry detergents since Procter & Gamble (P&G) introduced the first synthetic detergent, Tide in 1946.

Since then the toxic compounds (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), 1,4 - Dioxane, Nonylphenol Ethoxylate (NPE) and Phosphates, among many others) contained in synthetic laundry detergents have not only been the number 1 cause of childhood poisonings, they have been responsible for nearly 10% of all toxic exposures reported to U.S. Poison Control Centers as reported at Dr. Joseph Mercola's website.

Synthetic laundry detergents (both pod and non pod products) are associated with; ​allergies, contact dermatitis (eczema), eye irritations (including conjunctivitis) and/or pain, ​cancers, death, headaches, skin irritations, rashes, premature skin aging, nausea, neurotoxicity (developmental & emotional problems in children) and organ toxicity. Moreover, commercial laundry detergents and house hold cleaners are not the only health risks posed by our "modern methods" of washing our clothes, bed linens and cleaning our homes.

Dryer sheets and fabric softeners also carry a toxic payload as Anne C. Steinemann, Professor Hydrology and Hydrodynamics at the school of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington points out in two of her studies:​ 1) Toxic Chemicals in Fragranced Laundry products [and their] Health Effects 2) Chemical Emissions from Residential Dryer Vents During Use of Fragranced Laundry Products.

Dr Steinemann analyzed emissions from two residential dryer vents during the use of fragranced laundry products (detergents, fabric softeners and dryer sheets) and found 25 volatile organic compounds (VOC) including seven hazardous air pollutants, coming out of the vents. Of those, two chemicals, acetaldehyde and benzene, are classified by the US Environmental Protection Agency as carcinogens, for which the agency has established no safe exposure level.

"These products can affect not only personal health, but also public and environmental health. The chemicals can go into the air, down the drain and into water bodies," Steinemann said.

The solution Dr Steinemann recommends is using laundry products without any fragrance, scent or toxins. Fortunately, there is an answer to be found in nature: Soap Nuts - a natural, organic, hypoallergenic laundry soap, household cleaner, body wash and shampoo that grows on trees.


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