Did you know?
If you use conventional laundry products, you might not knowingly be feeling the effects now, but you more than likely have some neighbours who do!
Dryer vents are undisclosed, unregulated chemical distribution devices.
When you choose your laundry products,
you choose what your neighbours have to breathe!
Please think about your neighbours and choose non-toxic & fragrance-free products, so that your neighbours do not become ill or disabled
and can enjoy their homes and properties too!
A growing number of people (millions, not handfuls) cannot enjoy walking about their neighbourhoods, sitting or working in their own outdoor spaces, or even open the windows of their homes due to the harmful pollutants released from dryer vents that were designed to emit moisture, not drifting toxic chemicals.
Laundry products should not be disabling people or cause short term adverse health effects like asthma, headaches, migraines, confusion, vomiting, dizziness, etc., or longer term effects like reproductive and neurodevelopmental problems!
EWG has a website where you can check the ratings for the products you use. It’s a great place to start learning which products to avoid, and which are safer options.
EWG’s Guide to Cleaning Products
Keep in mind though that they work with manufacturer’s disclosed ingredients and not lab tests. Also keep in mind that some ingredients have had no research and therefore there are no publicly known health effects. This does not mean they are safe. It just means there’s no data.
Also, before you decide to switch to an A product, be sure to click on the actual product listing to see how many questionable ingredients they have, as quite a few of them have more C’s than A’s !!! (???) and even some D’s thrown in. I’m not sure how a product rates an A with C’s and Ds in the mix, but I saw a few.
I also noticed that some of the A rated products are products that I can’t be around, and saw one that didn’t have the preservatives listed. I’m sure there are many other unlisted ingredients too, like fragrances, for example, which have been trade secrets for decades, but are known to contain hazardous chemicals.
So why am I suggesting people use this tool? Because it’s a really good starting point on what to avoid, and we don’t have other resources that are better!
Here’s how some Tide products rate
(60 of their 79 products rate an F, 17 are rated D, their ‘best’ 2 are rated C)
Free and Gentle products should NOT be scoring Ds or Fs!
Most of GAIN’s products score an F too:
For more on how
Laundry Products Harm Humans!
and other interesting facts, click on the following link:
Unfortunately, just being fragrance-free doesn’t mean safe and healthy.
About Those Fragrance-Free Laundry Products
P.S. If you use laundry products with any kind of fragrance added, you are not fragrance-free and should avoid places that have fragrance or scent-free policies.
What else can we do?
Call your fave brands and tell them you expect better!
Talk to your neighbours to see if they are affected and ask what they recommend.
(the wind can spread the drift all around the block, not just next door)
Find a company that discloses ALL ingredients (and research them).
Use less product than is recommended (they all want to sell more).
An extra rinse can help remove residues and reduce exposure.
It’s ok to wash your things less frequently too!
Choose products that are healthy for you, your family, and your neighbourhood!