Is Your Laundry Detergent Making You Sick and Causing You Pain?


If you’re like most people, you might not think that your laundry detergent can make you and your family sick. Like many, you might think that if the laundry detergents are sold in the stores, they’re safe to use; many use them and they seem fine; you should be, too. But, if you’re wondering what’s making you and your family sick and causing you pain, and no one seems to know the cause, wonder no longer, your laundry detergent may be it.

When you’re sick, in pain, or if your child develops skin rashes or other problems, your laundry detergent isn’t the first thing you rule out when narrowing down the cause. Laundry detergents, depending on which one you use, are packed with toxic chemical compounds. You might not know or think about this. It’s not every day that people literally sit around, twiddle their thumbs, and try to figure this out. Some do. But, it’s a known fact that laundry detergents are loaded with chemicals that are harmful to animal and human life as well. You might be in the dark on this, but the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sure knows a thing or two about the ingredients used.

Surfactants, builders, bleaches, colorants, optical brighteners, solvents, fragrances, you name it, sounds innocent enough, but when you investigate further, you find that Alkylphenol ethoxylates, a surfactant, is highly toxic “to aquatic organisms, and may be endocrine disruptors (compounds that adversely affect the endocrine system that controls metabolism, reproduction, and growth, ” according to EPA’s
Key Characteristics of Laundry Detergent Ingredients. What is even more damaging is that, this ingredient is rarely disclosed on product labels.

If that is not enough to send chills down your spine, what about those laundry detergents that are enhanced with scents like lavender, lemon, and ginger? You might not think much of them when you quickly glance which one you should pick: the lavender, lemon, or ginger. Your brain might even be telling you that you’re getting some type of benefits from the “artificial” fragrances you’ll get when you buy the product. But the reality is, you’re actually inhaling toxic compounds instead and not so much of the aromatherapy benefits you would normally get from the real thing.

In fact, if we go back to a University of Washington study published in 2008, researchers found that top-selling laundry products “emitted dozens of different chemicals. All six products tested gave off at least one chemical regulated as toxic or hazardous under federal laws, but none of those chemicals was listed on the product labels,” as reported in  ScienceDaily.

Moreover, in a new study, researchers found that those detergent pods that make life easier and more convenient for busy moms and dads, well, they found that “there were more than 17,000 children” poisoned by them. “That’s a child every hour,” ScienceDaily reports.

Adding to this toxic insult to the body is that we are already bombarded with thousands of toxins every day. And if you’re trying to heal or help a child get well, and there is a toxin load blocking the way, it sure makes it harder for the body to do its job.

For instance, let’s say someone has a compromised system or his or her immune system is over the edge due to stress and other factors. Even one chemical that registers as a toxin to the body can tip the body’s stress level over leading to a number of problems. By reducing your exposure to toxins, you reduce your likelihood of developing unexplained illnesses. You also reduce the amount of stress you put on the body, which as we all know, is one of the leading causes of many illnesses.

So test your laundry detergents or have someone check your relationship to them, whether they test strong or weak in your field. If the products test weak, find ones that test strong. Check out Dr. Stephen Daniel’s video called Your Laundry Products May Be Causing Your Upper Back and Neck Pain! for some QT insider information on what product works and why your current laundry detergent may be a pain in the neck, and why it might be the cause of it, too. You will never see laundry detergent the same way again. I promise.

About Sarah Bun

Sarah writes about the QT life + style and everything in between. When she is not empowering through words, you may find her in the kitchen whipping up some no-sugar added paleo and raw desserts. If you don’t catch her there, then you may just find her somewhere with a notebook and pen—writing.

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