Fact or Myth: Is There Toxic Laundry Detergent in Your Laundry Room?

This is a FACT.

Clean, fresh…and cancerous? It sounds extreme, but the truth is your laundry detergent most likely contains carcinogens. You are using toxic laundry detergent to clean your families clothes! toxic laundry detergent According to studies, a full 1/3 of all scented detergents contain at least 1 chemical flagged by the EPA as potentially causing cancer.

On average, toxic laundry detergent products emit 17 toxins that go unlisted on the label, and which can cause problems ranging from skin irritations to neurological damage.

One of the most serious unlabeled offenders is 1,4 dioxane, a known carcinogen that’s been linked to:

      • Brain toxicity


      • Impairment of the nervous system


      • Liver disease


      • Kidney disease


      • Respiratory failure


      • Immune malfunction


    • Hormone disruption

Other dangerous substances like sodium laurel sulfate (SLS), ammonia, household bleach, nonylphenol ethoxylate, phenols, and phosphates can instigate a host of other significant health problems once they penetrate your skin.

Clearly, the solution to this serious dilemma is not to stop laundering your clothes altogether. Lee Euler, editor of Cancer Defeated, has some much more realistic tips on how to minimize your risk:

  1. Wear your clothes longer before laundering them— 2 or 3 times, especially during cooler seasons when they’re barely soiled after one wearing.
  2. Use 100% non-toxic, biodegradable laundry products.
  3. Use phosphate-free products.
  4. Seek out plant-based enzymes and food-based detergents.
  5. Say no to bleach, dyes, fragrances, optical brighteners, and masking agents.
  6. Reduce the amount of detergent per load. Remember, the manufacturer’s goal is to sell as much product as possible. You might find your clothes get just as clean with ¼ cup of detergent as with ½ cup. Plus, you’ll save money.

You may love the smell of your favorite detergent, but there’s no way it’s worth side effects like corneal damage and pneumonia, or worse yet, cancer. Best route is always natural cleaners and disinfectants.