MSS Live Well Corner: Many Laundry Detergents Contain Harmful Chemicals


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Many Laundry Detergents Contain Harmful Chemicals

Have You Read the Label on the Laundry Detergent Used in Your Home?

by Joanne Troppello


Did you know that the EPA considers 1,4-Dioxane “one of the most harmful chemical solvents and human carcinogens” – and this solvent is in well-known laundry detergents like Tide. If you are exposed to high levels of this chemical, you may experience headaches, eye irritation, vertigo, drowsiness, and breathing issues. Long-term exposure can cause damage to the liver and kidneys.


Other harmful chemicals in many laundry detergents include the following:


  • Ammonium Quaternary Sanitizers

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

  • Ammonia Sulfate

  • Chlorine Bleach

  • Formaldehyde

  • Phosphates


I don’t know about you, but I don’t want formaldehyde (used to preserve dead bodies) – or any other harmful chemicals – in my laundry detergent.


My Journey Toward Healthy Living


When I first got married 17½ years ago, I experienced a very bad sinus infection. At the time, I had been on an antibiotic prescribed by my physician. It didn’t work. In fact, the infection worsened. At one point, the skin underneath my eye, got extremely raw and red – it looked like I had gotten punched in the eye. And, during this time period of about 1½ months, I had to get my driver’s license photo renewed. Yeah, that was a great photo! I hope you can sense the sarcasm there!


I was extremely embarrassed about this issue. It lasted for a few weeks. The doctor did not know why it happened. Thankfully, we were speaking with my husband’s uncle (also a mechanic that we brought our car to for service), and he shared about his personal health journey. He had gotten very sick due to an antibiotic and eventually made the switch to natural solutions and healthier dietary choices.


He told us about colloidal silver and how that had helped him with sinus issues. I started using colloidal silver nasal spray. It took some time, but the infection issues got resolved and I have never taken any antibiotics again.


Now, I am not encouraging you never to take medicine or not to see your physician. However, in the ensuing years, I have always opted for natural solutions first for any health issues. I drink a combination of alfalfa and peppermint tea with lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, and raw honey (12 oz of tea twice a day). I take 10 alfalfa tablets daily. I also do the netipot twice a day. That has helped me deal with my allergy issues. Every now and then, I still need to take an allergy pill, but I don’t have to rely on them or medicated nasal spray.


Finding Natural Laundry Detergents


If you don’t want to wash your clothes with chemicals in the laundry detergent, consider using a natural laundry solution. When researching the right natural laundry detergent for you and your family, make sure to look for all or some of the following words in the branding and labeling.


  • Contains No Optical Brighteners

  • Eco-Friendly Packaging

  • Biodegradable

  • Chlorine-free

  • Vegan


You can find a comprehensive listing of the top “Best Natural Laundry Detergents for Your Home on the website of well-known home expert, Bob Villa. Some of those natural laundry detergents that made the list include:


  • Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Liquid Laundry Detergent

  • ECOS 2X Hypoallergenic Liquid Laundry Detergent

  • Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent Unscented

  • Molly’s Suds Original Laundry Detergent

  • Charlie’s Soap Laundry Powder


I’ve tried a variety of different natural laundry solutions. Again, prior to my allergy issues and the antibiotic failure, we were using laundry detergents with chemicals. I used chlorine bleach to clean the bathroom etc. Once I got rid of all the chemicals in our home, started taking natural supplements, began exercising regularly, and started eating cleaner, I have felt much better. And, I don’t have headaches anymore after cleaning the bathroom with bleach!


For more information on the natural laundry detergent and household cleaners I use, click this link.


(I am not a nutritionist, weight loss professional, or healthy living consultant. I am only sharing my personal health and wellness and weight loss journey in my columns at the magazine.)

About the Author


Joanne Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel. Connect with Joanne on Twitter. You can find Joanne on these social media channels—Twitter, Facebook, Parler, Spreely, and Clouthub—with the same username, @JoanneTroppello—and @joannetroppello.mseedsentinel on Instagram. Visit the Mustard Seed Sentinel YouTube Channel. Check out MSS Live Well Corner.