Commercials would have us believe that some magic ingredient in our detergent or a miracle cleaner just happens to wave its magic wand over a stain and it just disappears.
In reality, there are multiple cleaning mechanisms that take place at the chemical level to actually enable stains from being removed from the laundry.
Some of those are chemicals that make suds. Usually, they are surfactants – that in a strange way makes water…well it makes it wetter. When it does this it spreads fibers in your clothing in order to release stains from the fabrics.
There are some chemicals that are really toxic called solvents where they will literally dissolve or eat away those stains.
There are also other classifications of chemicals that use very high pH conditions or alkaline conditions to basically melt those stains away in a process called saponification.
It’s time to open your eyes to the dangers of these products, so here are some common ingredients that are normally found in typical “stain fighter products, and their known health risks:
Alcohol Ethoxylated (C12-14) (see elements below)
1,4-DIOXANE: cancer, digestive system effects, respiratory effects, skin irritation/allergies/damage, damage to vision.
ETHYLENE OXIDE: cancer, developmental/endocrine/reproductive effects, damage to DNA, respiratory effects, nervous system effects, skin irritation/allergies/damage, damage to vision, general systemic/organ effects
Ethanolamine – respiratory effects, general systemic/organ effects, chronic aquatic toxicity, nervous system effects, skin irritation/allergies/damage, developmental/endocrine/reproductive effects
Benzisothiazolinone: acute aquatic toxicity, skin irritation/allergies/damage, developmental/endocrine/reproductive effects, biodegradation
You might have also tried some of the “oxygen-based bleach” or the “air bleach” types of products. These products use an evaporated peroxide-based formula with the main ingredient being sodium percarbonate.
The challenge with sodium percarbonate as a bleach alternative is that it can also cause some dulling with your colors and fabrics. It is also not as effective as bleach because it is not as aggressive as a chemical.
What lots of companies that manufacture these oxy type cleaners do to boost the effectiveness is add in various surfactants, buffers, and fillers. You’ll also commonly see little blue beads in the formula, or just notice that the products are the color blue.
Blue is a dirty little trick….
These little blue beads and coloring are actually ultraviolet light boosted brighteners and dyes. These trick our eyes under ultraviolet light (artificial indoor lighting) into believing that our clothes are brighter and more vibrant even though they’re actually not… and in the process are leaving a film of toxic chemicals behind that we wear and absorb all day.
So ironically many people believe that when using oxygen type cleaners that they’re actually being more eco-friendly or safe…. In reality, they’re just replacing one toxic chemical for a host of different ones.
Most of those companies don’t even list on their label the exact chemical compounds that are in those oxygen type cleaners and hide them under various names of “patented formulas for example.
There is another classification of chemicals that are also used that we use as well here at MyGreenFills that literally digest stains. That’s right. Digest. Keep reading to learn more about how this works…
So… if everything on the shelves is more or less concentrated evil, what is it that we CAN use safely around our family and friends?
The answer is actually crazy simple: you use something that naturally digests the stains and odors – enzymes.
That’s right. Digest. If you think about the microbiome of our gut in our stomach and in our small and lower intestines, we have enzymes and bacteria. And what those enzymes and that bacteria do is literally digest food matter into its natural elements so our body can absorb them.
Rather than cause nerve damage in your nose to cover smells up, attempting to kill fungus with carcinogens, covering stains up with fragrances that cause a host of health problems, we are proud to have created something truly unique and safe.
Using this same type of enzymatic technology, we carefully crafted a formula that allows stains to be digested with a blend of proprietary enzymes.
So other chemical focused companies that are creating enzyme products that you might have seen are using strings of enzymes that are extraordinarily synthetic.
The challenge with these is that they have a downstream effect in the environment that is extremely disruptive.
We knew that we had to create a better solution: an enzymatic blend that literally eats stains like crazy, but also has no negative health effects on ourselves or our planet.
This is why we created our Enzyme Stain Remover.
Creating breakthroughs in enzymatic technology, we enable stains to be digested with a blend of proprietary enzymes. Our enzymes are in powder form so that when they get reconstituted with water and they will go straight on a mission to find whatever organic material they can.
Certain enzymes are designed by nature to eat certain kinds of organic materials (your stains), so we carefully crafted a blend of enzymes that covers the spectrum of stains that your fabrics will face. We worked hard to cover all of the bases and arm you with a tool to be a stain-fighting superhero!
This blend will cut through your toughest stains you and your family can accumulate like:
- Pasta Sauce
- Cheese, meat & butter grease
- Olive and coconut oils
- Grass & leaf stans
- And much, much more!
The enzymes that we source and that we blend with are extremely environmentally safe and do an amazing job at digesting organic stains and odors.