Detergents Linked to Allergies and Cancer: What are you washing your baby’s clothes with?
Laundry detergent seems to be one of those products you find a coupon for and throw in your cart every few weeks without thinking. There are so many options now, and it’s just soap right? I mean, it does its job to clean the clothes – no afterthoughts needed. It’s time to add laundry detergent to the growing list of products that are causing health problems in our country. To make it worse, this isn’t even new information! A small study just revealed that the scented detergents contain carcinogens, but this just opened the eyes of many to dig a little harder. It turns out that manufacturers do not have to disclose ingredients used in laundry products! So I dug around a bit, and I started reading the research. This is what I found… The skin is the largest organ in the human body. It absorbs all that is put on it. Many detergents include the following:
- Benzene: This causes leukemia and other blood cancers, according to the American Cancer Society.
- Acetaldehyde: Which has been shown to cause nasal and throat cancer in animal studies.
- Proteolytic Enzymes: Linked to occupational asthma.
- Diethanolamine: A skin and eye irritant also linked to developmental and reproductive toxicity.
- Dyes: Linked to ADHD, learning disorders, allergies, etc.
- Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)/sodium laureth sulfate (SLES): Linked to neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption and cancer
- 1,4-dioxane: Linked to cancer.
- NPE (nonylphenol ethoxylate): Linked to kidney and liver damage, decreased testicular growth and sperm count, disrupted growth and metabolism, and increased mortality.