Breast Toxins in the Laundry Room
This section is adapted from my upcoming book, Home Detox (Storey, 2023).
Removing breast toxins from the laundry room is largely a matter of reducing the number and toxicity of the products there. Read the labels and you will find a shocking number of toxic chemicals in most laundry products. Even more concerning, when researchers tested common brands, they found hundreds of toxic compounds that were not disclosed on the product labels. Ingredients include surfactants like alkylbenzene sulfonates, quaternary ammonium compounds, alkylphenol ethoxylates, and alcohol ethoxylates that are toxic to humans.
Most co-ops sell non-toxic powdered and liquid laundry soap in bulk form, so you can bring your own container and skip the packaging altogether.
This unnecessary product is so toxic that you have to read a long list of first aid measures in case you inhale it, ingest it, or get it on your skin or in your eyes. These sprays contain propellants that cause skin and eye irritation, quaternary ammonium compounds, and synthetic fragrances.
Wool dryer balls can replace antistatic spray and last for years. Every laundry room should have them.
Dryer sheets are highly toxic due to their level of solvents, synthetic fragrances, and VOCs. Their chemical fragrances travel throughout the house, attaching to carpeting, curtains, and walls, creating a toxic film on surfaces. Most contain acetaldehyde, acetone, benzene, ethanol, and a variety of VOCs, some of which are classified as hazardous air pollutants by the EPA.
Wool dryer balls, which are natural and nontoxic.
Most laundry detergents are synthetic and contain long lists of dangerous chemicals, including chlorine bleach, dioxane, formaldehyde, naphthas, phenols, phosphates, quaternary ammonium compounds, sodium borate, and synthetic fragrance.
Look for products with recognizable, natural ingredients such as Castile soap, coconut oil, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), sodium carbonate (washing soda), essential oils, and salt. I use Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds for laundry.
Common toxins in stain removers include alkylbenzene sulfonate, butoxyethanol, quaternary ammonium compounds, sodium hypochlorite (chlorine bleach), and sodium borate (borax).
Try a little baking soda on fresh oil-based stains, or a drop of Castile soap and water on your next stubborn stain. Soak, scrub the spot, and then rinse well.
Laundry Room Checklist
O Replace all toxic products with non-toxic alternatives.