Thursday, April 15, 2010

Did you know that the chemicals in your laundry detergent could be making you sick?

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One of the reasons I recently decided to create some greener, more eco friendly products for the Mommy Tyme Bath and Gifts line was that I began to realize how dangerous the things in my home are. I have always thought it important to keep my house clean and sanitary because I have a little boy who seems to get sick at the drop of a hat. So, I would pour on the bleach and bust out the surface disinfectant. I also love my whites to be WHITE when it comes to my clothes. Oh, and I cant forget about the air fresheners - with a dog, a husband, and a 4 year old, my house always seems to have some kind of "funk" so I would give it a spray of Renuzit! But, I found that my son continues to be sick, continues to have serious allergies and respiratory issues! How could that be? Well, I started doing some research and realized just how dangerous some of the chemicals in everyday products can be! My beloved bleach may be more harmful than good- not just to my family, but to nature! I was shocked! But, I kept researching and found that there are tons of alternatives out there, in fact, cheaper equivalents! So, as I did with my soap making, I began to try recipes and tweak them until I found just the right blend for me. But, it is important to me to share this with everyone... The chemicals can be so harmful to you and your family, not to mention dangerous if they are misused by a child or pet. So, I would like to share a few articles I located on the subject (as I am NO expert) and then introduce some of the new products I have added to my shops! I will also be sharing some recipes that you can do at home, too! Oh, and if you have a recipe or idea ... Please share! Keep up with all the upcoming articles, recipes, tips and ideas at my new blog where Eco Friendly and New products is the focus- Mommy Tyme Gifts at

Here is a great article that does not waste words...

The Chemicals in Laundry Detergent

By: Janelle Elizabeth

Something as simple and ordinary as cleaning your clothes in a washing machine can have serious repercussions. The chemicals used in these cleaning agents are hardly user-friendly.

In fact, many of them contain cancer-causing chemicals, as well as other harmful toxins. As a consumer, you should familiarize with some of the common terminology that is often overlooked but may have longer lasting ramifications than ever before thought.

There are some very specific ingredients to watch out for and avoid when you examine the label on laundry detergent. Some of these chemicals have even been banned or restricted due to their noxious side effects.

One such common chemical found in laundry detergent are petroleum distillates, or napthas. Having been linked to cancer, lung damage and/or inflammation, and mucous membrane damage, this is a very harmful chemical.

Along the same lines, another family of harmful chemicals are phenols. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has declared that phenol is toxic to people, especially those who are hypersensitive. The hypersensitive population could experience very dangerous side effects or even death, even at low exposures. Additionally, it can absorb very rapidly, causing toxicity through the whole body.

Should phenol be absorbed into the body, death and toxicity are prone to attack the central nervous system, heart, blood vessels, lungs and kidneys.

Further, another active ingredient in laundry detergent is household bleach, or sodium hypochlorite. Responsible for the majority of household poisonings, this chemical is a forerunner to chlorine.

The results can be even more harmful when it reacts with other organic materials,. Carcinogenic and toxic compounds are created. These have been know to cause disorders or damage to the reproductive system as well as the immune and endocring systems.

With so many disadvantages to using traditional laundry detergents, it s no surprise that consumers are becoming more educated about what it takes to go green and make changes for the better in their own homes and in the world. From fragrance to whiteners, detergents have become increasingly dangerous to use, especially on a regular basis.

Many who have families do laundry on such a frequent basis that these dangers posed by toxins should not go ignored. As the awareness grows for the dangers of the chemicals found in laundry detergents and other similar products, companies will have to shift their focus to a greener, safer line of goods.

In order to reduce the use of these potentially harmful products, alternatives are constantly being developed that aim to be environmentally friendly, and healthier for us.

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Using a magnetic laundry system will allow you to reduce the amount of chemicals you expose your family and the environment to.

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