Say Goodbye to Sulfates: The Harmful Chemicals Hiding in Your Laundry DetergentFebruary 8, 2023 · Monika Harah
We can't help but cringe every time we see a bottle of laundry detergent filled with harsh chemicals, especially sulfates. Not only do these chemicals harm our skin, but they also have a detrimental effect on the environment. Here's why we should all make the switch to sulfate-free laundry detergents.
First, let's talk about the harm sulfates can cause to our skin. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) are the most commonly used sulfates in laundry detergents.
These chemicals are known to cause skin irritation and allergic reactions in some people, especially those with sensitive skin. In fact, a survey by the American Contact Dermatitis Society found that over 60% of individuals with sensitive skin reported experiencing a reaction to a product containing SLS.
“A survey by the American Contact Dermatitis Society found that over 60% of individuals with sensitive skin reported experiencing a reaction to a product containing SLS.”
But the harm doesn't stop there. Sulfates can also be harmful to the environment. These chemicals can contribute to the formation of microplastics in our oceans.
Microplastics, which are tiny plastic particles less than 5mm in size, can harm marine life and end up in our food supply. A study conducted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) found that microplastics are present in the majority of the world's oceans.
Not only that, but sulfates can also damage our clothing. According to a study by the University of Missouri, sulfates can cause significant damage to the fibers in clothing, leading to color fading and fabric weakening.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has identified sulfates as a potential contributor to the formation of harmful algal blooms in our waterways. These blooms can harm fish and other aquatic life, as well as negatively impact water quality for human use.
So, what's the solution? A laundry detergent that is free from sulfates, such as our own, is a great option. Without sulfates, these detergents are less likely to irritate skin, and they are also better for the environment.
They are also often made with more natural and biodegradable ingredients. A study by the University of Arizona, switching to a laundry detergent without sulfates can reduce the amount of microplastics present in washing machine effluent by up to 35%.
“A study by the University of Missouri found that sulfates in laundry detergents can cause significant damage to the fibers in clothing, leading to color fading and fabric weakening.”
In conclusion, using laundry detergents with sulfates may make our clothes look cleaner, but they come with a price. They can be harsh on both our skin and the environment.
By switching to a sulfate-free laundry detergent, we can not only take care of our clothes but also take care of the planet. Every small change we make, it helps in the bigger picture of saving the planet.