An action as simple as doing laundry on average entails the presence of about 12 different products stored: chemical detergents for washing in the washing machine, for hand washing, for delicate items, for colored items, to have whites, to soften, to disinfect or sanitize. All these products have a common goal: to restore the cleaning and disinfection prior to using clothes and the linen. For this reason, in various combinations, we must add a real chemical contribution on all our laundry with results that sometimes are not what they appear.
The washing of the laundry , in general, is a very important step for the health of our domestic environment. Often, however, we underestimate this action without considering the detergent side effects in chemical cleansing.
Furthermore, among the reasons for concern, just think about that 90% of the poisonings occur at home and 44% of the cases, affect children under 5 years .
The tensioactives guarantee the washing power of the detergent: they are the main ingredients and their particular chemical structure allows to dissolve dirt and stains, especially those of grease . Pollution from tensioactives mainly concern the aquifers, where they eliminate the discharges: they are responsible for the bioaccumulation phenomena along the food chain and when they degrade, they can lead to the formation of very harmful substances, such as benzene and phenol.
Optical brighteners do not remove dirt but blur the stain, obscuring it. Therefore, even if we see a satisfactory result, in reality it is only a visual perception. Optical brighteners are also known for easily inducing allergies, as they adhere tenaciously to fabrics and require four or more washes to eliminate them.
Every fabric softener from the most delicate to the most fragrant, from the most effective to the cheapest, is the most toxic chemical component present in our homes. Its components are mainly esterquat, additives, perfumes, thickeners or pearls and dyes: these are highly polluting substances (additives, phosphates, pentane, limonene, benzyl acetate, artificial dyes) for the environment and harmful to health. They can trigger allergic reactions, asthma, dermatitis, especially in children and the most sensitive subjects, as well as damage the nervous system.
Chemical cleaners can cause allergic reactions:
- Allergic colds, inflammation of the connective tissues and asthma due to inhalation of detergent powders during the loading of the washing machine.
- Eczema and erythema, due to contact of detergents with the hands
- Contact dermatitis, due to the rubbing of the skin with linen whose fibers have detergent residues which are consequently released on the skin.