Does anyone in your family suffer from skin problems, rashes, allergies, asthma? Perhaps you’ve tried everything and you just can’t seem to get on top of it? I know what it’s like because that’s what I was dealing with as a young mother. Four of my five children had skin problems, asthma and, or allergies. When I looked further after twelve years of constant issues, I was horrified at what I found. There were several rooms of the house that I had to take to task, but for now I am going to direct your attention to the laundry.
Maybe you’re overlooking this one single aspect, and changing what you use there could make all the difference. Did you know that the laundry is one of the most insidious aspects of your home, when it comes to unaccountable health issues? Did you know that most cleaning agents contain a toxic slew of chemicals? That even your laundry powder can leave residues on your clothing that can be potentially absorbed by your skin or even evaporate into the air around you, for you to breathe in?
Typical laundry detergents may be imparting more on your clothing and skin than a “fresh” scent.
What’s going on in your home, from the air you breathe, the clothes you and your family are wearing, and the bedding you spend up to eight hours a day in, all has an impact. When most people think of pollution, they commonly think of the outdoors – garbage-choked streams or industrial waste.
But you probably spend a large portion of your time indoors — as much as 80 to 90 percent of your life – you work, study, eat, drink and sleep in enclosed environments where air circulation may be restricted. And you are breathing this in every second of the day.
Most laundry detergents in your typical grocery store contain all sorts of chemicals that can be affecting you. Things such as:
- Petroleum distillates that have been linked to cancer
- Phenols, which can cause toxicity throughout the entire body
- Artificial fragrances, many of which have been linked to various toxic effects on fish and mammals
- Excess Phosphates, which stimulate the growth of certain marine plants when they’re released into the environment and contribute to unbalanced ecosystems
- Optical brighteners, which if the company is not aligned to contributing to a safer environment, can be made from ingredients that are toxic to fish and can cause bacterial mutations and allergic reactions.
All these substances not only affect you but they wash down your drain into the waterways. Even a small amount of study shows that many household products from lipstick, to paint, to shampoo — contain potentially toxic chemicals.
In one study of 40 household products such as hair colouring, lipstick and paints, 34 contained chemicals such as glycols, organic solvents and phthalates. What was even more disturbing was that none of these chemicals actually appeared on the label of the products.
Toxins are in the household products you use, and you are absorbing them through your skin and breathing them into your lungs. Over time, these toxins can build up in your system and cause any number of unknown effects. For these reasons, some experts feel that more people suffer from the effects of indoor air pollution than outdoor pollution. But you can take control of your household environment.
That is why you will want to avoid bringing toxic chemicals into your home in the products you use every day. Most people tend to discount how dangerous some of these chemicals can be and how much they contribute to so many chronic degenerative diseases, but if you check out what the World Health Organisation has discovered in their research, you will be horrified.