Why is It Important to Know About the Ingredient “Fragrance” in your Household Products?
It’s scary because most people when they go shopping for their household products or laundry products will choose a product based on what it “smells” like!
Just a few that come to mind are body creams, scented candles, air fresheners, household cleaners, and laundry products.
Today we are going to focus on “Fabric Softeners”
AND HERE'S WHY… we are going to focus on “Fabric Softeners”…..
Fabric softeners may top the list as one of the worst offenders, and may be one of the products environmentalists had in mind when the term “indoor pollutants” was coined. What’s even more alarmingly, many of these toxins are approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Fabric softeners were designed to free your clothes of both wrinkles and static cling, and give them a fresh fragrance.
What you need to be concerned about is the toxic combination of ingredients that are in these types of products, which were concocted by teams of scientists in laboratories.
So How toxic are they?
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) fabric softeners contain chemicals and fragrances that can cause skin and respiratory irritations.
The Fragrances alone can come from hundreds of different compounds, many of them potentially toxic.
Fabric Softeners Contain Toxicities Such as Phthalates
Now conventional fabric softeners work two ways: One is a liquid you pour into the rinse cycle. The other is a dryer sheet you throw in the dryer with your clothes to get the job done.
Both contain compounds that are especially harmful for children. Toxic ingredients can enter your body (and theirs) through the skin and cause serious damage. One of the worst is phthalates, added to emit a fresh (fake) fragrance, about which a University of Illinois Cancer Center article contained the following quote:
“Phthalates …[are a] synthetic preservative that’s carcinogenic and linked to adverse reproductive effects (decreased sperm counts, early breast development, and birth defects) and liver and kidney damage.”
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) notes that very few studies have examined the health effects of phthalates on humans, but in lab animals they’re linked to numerous reproductive health and developmental problems, including:
- Early onset of puberty
- Altered male reproductive tract development
- Lower testosterone levels in young males
- Altered hormone system function
- Reproductive and genital defects
- Lower sperm count in young males
Additionally the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that most Americans blood contains phthalates, especially women, who are most apt to handle cleaning and laundry duties.
Conventional Fabric Softeners are hazardous for the environment
The reason why conventional fabric softeners are hazardous for the environment is because when limonene and other terpenes become airborne, they can react with the ozone to generate elements such as formaldehyde, a carcinogenic substance. Many of these substances can actually alter the hormone balance in animals
According to Organic Authority….
“Using a liquid fabric softener? You are pouring these toxic chemicals into the ocean every time you use it. Even worse than liquid fabric softeners are dryer sheets, whose chemicals are heated and then shot into the air for you to breathe into your lungs.
That “fresh-from-the dryer” smell that fabric softeners impart to your clean load of laundry? Don’t breathe it in, if you like your lungs to function. That super floral smell is masking a seriously unhealthy chemical stench.”
Basically this is what happens when you use a fabric softener.
Chemicals used in fabric softener manufacturing operations cover your clothes with a fine layer of (toxic) lubrication , which can indeed soften fabrics and render them free of static cling. Then to mask the smell of the chemicals, they add fragrances!
Between the chemicals and perfumes if only one toxic ingredient were used, but when combined with several toxic ingredients…. Well that would be several reasons enough to opt for natural ingredients..
But here’s something else to think of, though, is that these chemical substances are not only on your (and your kid’s) clothes, but on your sheets and pillowcases, towels, washcloths, and cloth napkins, your body sweats and those chemicals are immediately absorbed into your skin eventually winding up in your bloodstream.
Ever wonder why cancers are on the rise?..
Here’s another problem that while a product’s ingredients label may list only a handful of ingredients, there may be others in the product that you don’t know about because manufacturers don’t have to list them-with perfume components at the top of the no-list offenders.
But here’s the deal.. we have choices…. Our mothers and grandmothers didn’t have…..
This is one of the reasons, why I choose to buy my household products for my family from this American Wellness Manufacturing Company because of how it manufactures its products and the ingredients that they choose to use in their products.
They don't add dangerous chemicals to soften our clothes, sheets, and towels. INSTEAD……
This company adds a biodegradable plant derived softening agent and fragrant essential oils! Which delivers freshness for up to 14 days afterwards.
CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE about the only company I’ve found that has been providing safe products (that actually work & cost less) for over 3 decades.
Thanks for stopping by and getting educated about the health of your home,
farm gal & mom who shares health & wealth solutions to busy moms!