Why You Should Wash Your Intimates With All-Natural Soap
It's hard to break a habit, especially one like buying laundry detergent. It's something that most of us wouldn't think twice about during our weekly shop. I mean, why would we ever consider that the products on the shelves could in any way be harmful to us when they have big brand names and phrases like 'tried and tested'?
Well, even though your clothes may smell spring fresh after a wash, regular leading brands of laundry detergents often contain harmful chemicals which lead to negative health effects. These can range from skin and throat irritation to carcinogenicity, and may also have effects on the environment.
One of the most dangerous chemicals that can be found in cheap liquid laundry detergent is 1,4-dioxane. It is Classified by EPA as “likely to be carcinogenic to humans” by all routes of exposure. For reference, this same chemical can be found in paints and varnishes - so why the heck would we use this to wash our Huha delicates?
In this article, we discuss:
- Some of the negative chemicals that can be found in common laundry detergents and laundry powder (and what to look out for.)
- The benefits of using all-natural soap instead.
- Huha undie wash - what's in it and how to purchase a bottle.
Is laundry detergent actually toxic?
Conventional detergents are usually made from a mix of synthetic fragrances, endocrine disruptors, neurotoxins and potent cancer-causing chemicals. Most detergents have signature fragrances which are designed to stay in clothes. Your laundry room may very well be the most toxic room in your home once these chemicals become airborne during the washing and drying process.
There are many different chemical ingredients that you should be aware of, so we have complied a list - if any of the detergents in your cupboards contain these phrases, we recommend ditching them ASAP:
NPE, or Nonylphenol Ethoxylate (Endocrine Disruptor) - Your endocrine system produces and regulates various hormones within your body. Chemicals that are endocrine disruptors can impact any and every aspect of your health, from fertility issues and immune system suppression, to mood disorders such as depression and fatigue.
One of the most common endocrine disruptors found in laundry soap are NPEs - known as the ‘Gender Bender’. This inexpensive nonionic surfactant mimics estrogen in your body, leading to hormonal imbalance and, for some, cancer. When this chemical is absorbed into your skin, kidney damage, liver damage, decreased testicular growth and sperm count, disrupted growth, and lowered metabolism can result.
Optical brighteners – Extremely harmful ingredients are the optical brighteners that may be in your detergent; additives that emit blue light and make whites appear whiter by tricking the eye. These brighteners remain in clothes long after washing and can cause extensive irritation.
SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate), SLES (Sodium laureth sulfate), Coco Sulphate - Sulphates are typically used to be a surfactant in the detergent. Sulphates can be bad for your skin, eyes and lungs and according to the Association of Occupational & Environmental Clinics, “surfactants are found to disrupt your body’s natural hormone function.”
Phosphates - Phosphates are the main cleaning ingredient in many detergents and cleaning products because they break down dirt particles. Phosphate residues on items that have been cleaned with phosphate-containing detergents have been known to cause nausea, diarrhea, and are know skin irritants. Phosphates are persistent, too. They remain active even after wastewater treatment processes and end up in rivers and lakes, where they act as a “toxic fertilizer”.
What should you look out for?
If this all seems like a lot of chemistry to take in, the most important things you should note when making your next detergent purchase are words like “caution”, “warning”, or “danger” on the box or bottle. Anything that contains bleach isn't great either and the word 'unscented' usually just means the chemical scent is masked by another chemical. These words are a giveaway that there are potentially toxic chemicals in the product.
The benefits of using all-natural soap
1. It's better for you
Using chemical detergents can be harsh, especially if you have sensitive skin. Especially if you are using them to wash your underwear. Bringing your intimate parts into contact with those toxic chemicals are not good for your long term vaginal health. However, brands that use natural ingredients are kind to skin, usually cruelty-free and are hypoallergenic and eco-friendly, making them safe for family members with allergies - reducing the risk of skin irritations and allergies.
Traditional laundry detergents can also damage air quality in and around your home. Science Daily reports a study of dryer vent exhaust gas, which found traces of many organic compounds, including carcinogens such as acetaldehyde and benzene. These compounds, which are used to scent some popular brands of laundry detergent and fabric softener, decrease air quality indoors and contribute to air and water pollution in the environment.
2. It's better for the Earth
As mentioned previously phosphates, are common in most laundry detergents and are known to be poisonous to fish and toxic to other marine life. Using natural laundry detergent cuts down on the chemicals seeping into soil and groundwater supplies. By using all-natural soaps instead it means that they are completely safe for the environment and also biodegradable.
3. It's better for your underwear
If your body and the earth can suffer the side effects from chemical detergents, so can your clothes. Your Huha undies are much happier with natural ingredients, which can reduce the wear and tear on fibers, reduce color fading, and keep clothes looking new for much longer.
4. It's actually cleans your clothes
Traditional detergents tend to use chemicals specifically meant to improve the smell and look of your clothes. Many are simply just aesthetic enhancers. All-natural detergents are formulated to clean your clothes by surrounding dirt and removing tough stains - meaning your clothes come out of the wash actually clean, not simply looking and smelling the part. #cleaningpower
5. It can even clean your washing machine
Did you know that many natural laundry detergents will actually clean your washer at the same time they’re cleaning your clothes? By using branded laundry detergent, you run the risk of to many suds and therefore soap residue, which can damage the washing machine's sensitive control panel. By using natural soap, you may finally get rid of all that bright blue gunk left behind from traditional detergents.
What's in our Undie Wash?
Our undie wash is an all-natural, eco-friendly laundry detergent alternative to caring for your undies, keeping you healthier and your delicates fresher. Made with lavender and eucalyptus essential oils, our undie wash is non-toxic and biodegradable. It's also made in Canada and is packaged in reusable, recyclable glass bottles!
What do our customers think?
Find out what more of our customers have to say about our all-natural undie wash here.
Next time you decide to buy laundry products int he supermarket, make sure you check out ingredient on the back of both liquid and powder detergents, if you see anything that references 'toxicity' leave that one on the shelf and grab green instead.