These days, people are willing to make drastic changes in their daily lives to improve their health. Often though, people only pay attention to the foods they eat. Though this is essential for healthy living, we also need to shift our focus to other ways the human body can ingest chemicals or toxins that harm our health.
The skin is the largest organ in the body and highly absorbent like a sponge. As a result, we need to be meticulous about what we let come into contact with our skin because it will eventually be absorbed into our body. Laundry detergents have increasingly become stealthy assailants to our health, infiltrating through our skin and causing a variety of health problems all over the body.
These days, it is incredibly difficult to find a laundry detergent without heavy artificial fragrance, toxic preservatives, phosphates, parabens, phthalates, chemical dyes, optical brighteners, and more. Standard store detergents almost always contain these toxic ingredients and host of other toxins they don’t disclose on the label. Let’s look at the most common health problems these laundry detergents cause and how you can avoid them with a natural laundry detergent.
Asthma and Allergies
According the World Health Organization (WHO), 235 million people suffer from asthma worldwide, and it is now the most common chronic health condition in children. Home cleaning products, particularly laundry detergents, seem to be the main culprits in triggering asthma among children. High exposure to the chemicals and toxins released from laundry detergents into the air as well as through the skin can cause children and even adults to develop breathing problems, chronic wheezing, and other respiratory conditions.
This is a particular concern for infants who spend much of their time indoors and will breathe in these chemicals as the indoor pollution accumulates. Formaldehyde, phthalates, ammonium hydroxide, and artificial fragrances are the common chemical irritants that trigger respiratory issues and development of allergies.
Ezcema, Rashes, and Skin Allergies
Conventional laundry detergents can cause extreme irritation to the skin. Fragrances, dyes, preservatives, and other chemicals packed in laundry detergents can trigger red, itchy rashes once your clothes come into contact with your skin and absorb these chemicals. Laundry companies often hide a “proprietary” blend of chemicals behind the tag “fragrance.” As a result, they often don’t disclose the serious chemicals used to create their signature scent. Allergic reactions can include: red rashes, severe itching, blisters, bumps, dry or scaly skin, tender skin, burning skin, and even swelling. If untreated, this can lead to skin cancer down the line. Chemical-laden laundry detergents can even worsen people’s already chronic skin conditions, such as psoriasis, inflaming it further and making it more difficult to get rid of the thick, scaly patches.
Disrupted Hormones and Reproductive Health
Phthalates are incredibly common in laundry detergents; they are also a known endocrine disruptor, meaning it can throw our hormones out of balance and cause serious deformities in the reproductive system. Hormones also play a vital role in maintaining our body’s overall health. They maintain our reproductive health, emotions, and weight control. When our hormones are seriously disturbed and thrown out of balance by endocrine disruptors in laundry detergents, it can disrupt our overall health. Numerous studies have shown to negatively affect men’s reproductive abilities and even harm unborn children in utero.
Conventional laundry detergents contain all kinds of known and unknown carcinogens. 1, 4 dioxane and formaldehyde are both big cancer-causing chemicals often found in store-standard laundry detergents. Carcinogens like these absorb into our skin and cells, interacting with our DNA to induce the genetic mutations that cause cancer.
This is a short, scary list of what could happen through continual exposure to certain chemicals and toxins in conventional laundry detergents. To reduce your chances of developing a lifelong disease, you must reduce your exposure to these toxins and chemicals. An easy step to take is to immediately switch to an organic, all-natural laundry detergent that does not use any toxins and chemicals.
Check out Fawn Organics’ plant-based, eco-friendly laundry detergent. All-natural and organic, Fawn Organics’ plant-based formula is completely biodegradable. It contains no harsh toxins or chemicals—such as phosphates, parabens, phthalates, dyes, optical brighteners— that cause the long-lasting health problems discussed in this article.
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