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    Harmful Ingredients Your Laundry Detergent Must Not Have

    Does your laundry detergent consist of these ingredients? Here's a list of things that should not be in your box of detergent!
    Published -25 Jul 2021, 08:50 ISTUpdated -19 Oct 2021, 16:42 IST
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    It is not just your skincare or food, but your laundry detergent as well that must be free of harmful ingredients! You wear the same clothes daily. When the soap is dispensed after washing the clothes, it flows down the drain pipes! It is important to use eco-friendly laundry detergents today. If you are not just about yourself but the environment too, then make sure that these listed harmful ingredients are not incorporated in your box of detergent.

    Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLS)

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    This foaming agent must not just be absent from your body washes and lotion and shampoos but also from your laundry detergents! SLS comes from petroleum and coconut (Coconut Oil Gargle Can Benefit Your Health In Many Ways) or palm oil. It makes the detergents effective as it lets water and oil emulsify which lifts the dirt from the clothes. It is inexpensive as well but at the same time, it tends to irritate human skin and can also lead to eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis. 


    This ingredient is a human carcinogen, which is a common ingredient in your shampoos and detergents. It is used as a degreaser. However, it can cause benign tumors in different parts of the body be it your liver or the mouth. It also seeps into the soil and groundwater which ruins the municipal drinking water supply. 


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    Most people do not realize this but when you read the label term Sodium Hypochlorite or ‘optical brighteners’, it means to bleach. It makes your whites brighter by converting UV light to visible light. Bleach can cause allergic reactions and it can cause harm to your eyes (Top Reasons Why You Should Not Skip An Eye Cream) and lungs.


    Phosphates reduce the action of magnesium and calcium and soften the water. If you see sodium tripolyphosphate in your detergent, drop it there and then. They have in fact been banned in many American states and European countries as they have extremely harmful to the water bodies. They cause algal blooms in water bodies and kill the oxygen supply for the marine organisms of oxygen supply. 

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    This is a preservative and antibacterial agent which is very commonly found in detergents and dishwashing liquids. It can be an irritant for the respiratory system and your eyes as well. Regular contact with formaldehyde can also lead to eczema and dermatitis. It has also been linked to cancer. 

    Nonylphenol Ethoxylate

    This one has the tag of being a notorious chemical and is banned in several European countries, but not in India. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) as well has identified it as a chemical of global concern. It ruins your endocrine function as it mimics estrogen. Repeated exposure to the same will get our body used to it as after a point it will not be able to differentiate between estrogen and nonylphenol ethoxylate. It is not biodegradable and is highly toxic for marine organisms.

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    Synthetic Fragrances


    You must always steer clear of added fragrances in laundry detergent. You will be amazed to know that these fragrances have been made using 4,000 chemicals, where most are petroleum derivatives. They can cause issues with the respiratory system and even lead to asthma. Opt for fragrance-free detergents or ones with a mild aroma.

    Take care of not just yourself but the environment as well by opting for safe products, Reading the ingredients list is crucial so begin today!


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