As we slide down the last week of 2011 into 2012, this is a time when many of us think of what we might like to do differently in the new year. My thoughts are aimed at health as my main focus; a healthier home and a healthier me.
For a healthier home I want to focus on the toxins that lurk in the indoor environment we can control. One of the practices that can affect your health in so many ways is your laundering routine. The products you use to wash and dry your clothes probably contain many toxic chemicals that accumulate in your body to produce aggravating health conditions.
After years of using fragrant fabric softeners and dryer sheets I stopped using these products. I had been breaking out with small red bumps on my skin weekly and had not connected the two until I systematically omitted products from my laundry routine. The bumps vanished and I am only plagued with these when traveling, exposed to sheets or towels with lingering fragrances.
Typically laundry detergents contain a whole list of toxic chemicals, but four are really the worst: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) – makes all those soapy suds that we think are cleaning our clothes, nonylphenol ethoxylate (NPE) – biodegradable into more toxic chemicals, Dioxane (1,4-dioxane) – a carcinogen not required to be labeled and phosphates, banned in 40 states so far.