Your health is linked to your environment. That means whatever goes into your lungs, enter in your stomach or touches your skin, has a direct impact on your health. These all factors have direct impact to your life. Now the two factors are easy to understand, the lungs and the stomach, but how to handle with the skin?
Most of us spend much time indoor, in our own homes and lesser outside. There are lots of toxic items involved in our daily household items that have direct link with our skin. There is one thing which is attached almost every time with our skin. And that is our clothing. And when we do our household laundry or go for dry cleaning garments, there are toxic chemicals used to remove the stains and even after wash, left their impact on our garments. Let’s have a look on some of them and make ourselves protect from them as possibly as we can.
Laundry detergents are the main thing which is used in our daily households. As we already know, there are some cleaners used to clean stains and remove dirt from the household laundry. There is existence of some cleaning agents that are resistant to the skin and make people more sensitive to other chemicals. Some of the laundry detergents contain surfactants and are used to grease and oil stains. These are seriously harmful for health. So try to use as low concentration of these detergents as you can.
Not only by you, are fabric softeners also used frequently by the professional dry cleaners. These normally contain artificial fragrances. Not only this fragrance is harmful, but also its carrier, phthalates, show negative results on reproductive health. A research show that these harsh chemical pollutes the air and water and increase the risk of developing liver cancer.
Normally, the chlorine bleach kills bacteria, viruses, fungi and molds. That’s why it is called a disinfectant or an antimicrobial pesticide as well as a fungicide. When we use it regularly in our household laundry, it contains sodium hypochlorite. If this chemical make a contact with skin, it can severely irritate and burn skin and eyes. Inhaling the sodium hypochlorite can irritate the nose, throat, airways or lungs. So use it as less as you can.
We know that we are living in such environment where we can’t make our contact break with these toxic chemicals. But we can reduce their quantity and frequent use. So be careful and wash your clothes with more water and less detergent and solvents.