Did you know there are more that 7 toxic chemicals found in your laundry detergent? During WWI many man made chemicals were introduced due to shortages of soap. Most are still used today because they are cost effective but they can severely damage our organs and compromise our health.
One of the most toxic chemicals is a chemical known as 1,4-dioxane. According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, exposure to this compound can cause eye and nose irritation, kidney problems, and possible long-term lung damage.
The EPA on 1,4-Dioxane
“Damage to the liver and kidneys has been observed in rats chronically (long-term) exposed in their drinking water… Tumors have been observed in orally exposed animals. EPA has classified 1,4-dioxane as a Group B2, probable human carcinogen.”
The stronger the detergent, the harsher the ingredients tend to be. Fortunately, more and more people are turning to gentler, natural alternatives.
Other ingredients found in laundry detergent:
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
the byproduct 1,4 Dioxane
Natural Laundry Soap Detergent
Grate the bar soap or mix in food processor until finely ground. Use natural soap (the kind I use here)
In a large bowl, mix 2 parts washing soda, 2 parts Borax and 1 part grated soap. …
Store in closed container. …
Use 2 Tablespoons to 1/4 cup per load of laundry.