This blog post disproves the notion that we are a just bunch of eco-do-gooders that don’t know how to make conventional laundry slime. Even though we know how to create toxic products, we won’t. (Well, except for this once…) If it’s not safe enough to put on our family, we won’t put it on yours!
As you now know, we are more than just a soap company. We’re fueling a revolution! We’re changing the world 1 laundry jug at a time and making a huge impact in our environment, but we’re also a cutting-edge chemical manufacturer.
We actually know full well what chemicals are used in making conventional laundry detergent and this post will teach you what some of them are (and why they’re dangerous).
As the CEO of MyGreenFills.com, I really wrestled with whether or not to market a product line that looks and smells like what you can purchase at the store.
There are 5 main components of conventional mainstream laundry gunk.
Note: Most of the “Eco” Alternatives still put these toxins in their products too…
If you’ve read any of our other blog posts, you know that we explain in detail what surfactants are and how they’re being used. In short, surfactants are synthesized petroleum oils, or plant-based oils, that aid in the cleaning process by removing oils from linen. The three main types of surfactants used in laundry products are non-ionic, ionic, and amphoteric – which attack different types of stains.
One of their “beneficial byproducts” are suds. And for most people, the more suds the better. They also serve as carriers for UV brighteners, perfumes and some even aid in static reduction.
In short, SAY NO TO SUDS! This surfactant goop is designed to leave a residual film on your clothing and therefore, may potentially be absorbed into your bloodstream and leeched into our environment.
Caustics or Alkalis, are soluble salts that are a major component in most laundry detergents. They are effective in removing dirt and stains from fabric without excessive rubbing. They form an emulsion of the oily or solid particles that are held in suspension.
Our ancestors made soap by using rendered animal fat and lye, which is highly alkaline. Oils attract oils, is the basic principal for all types of cleaning.
Although some surfactants serve as good thickening agents, Some manufactures add other polymer or silicone based thickeners. This gives consumers the false perception that the products are “concentrated” when in reality they are not.
Think about adding corn starch to a gravy, it does not change the taste, it just thickens it up.
4. UV Brighteners:
Optical brighteners are synthetic chemicals added to liquid and powder laundry detergents to make clothing appear whiter and brighter, and thus “cleaner”. They are the modern day replacement for the decades-old practice bluing by adding small amounts of blue dye to fabric to make it appear whiter. They make fabrics appear to glow in the presence of ultraviolet light.
This is just an optical illusion, which has toxic effects on our environment and can cause skin irritation, amongst other problems.
These “bad actors” are really toxic to our wellbeing and environment. The goal of fragrance in conventional laundry detergent is to trick the mind into thinking their garments are clean through the seductive and sometimes addictive smells that manufactures put in their products.
Most people have become conditioned to crave the smell of these toxins despite the health concerns.
Most Mainstream Laundry Detergent is the Same Because Consumers Expect It: Multi-billion dollar marketing campaigns have brainwashed us to believe that our laundry detergent must be thick, sudsy, and “stink like the spring rain” in order to work correctly and generate results. Well that’s simply not true…
Beware of the “eco-friendly” and “natural-labeled” laundry detergents you can buy at the supermarket; they are still full of synthetically-derived chemicals.
We Refuse to Make Toxic Products: We certainly have the technology and the know-how to make toxic and conventional laundry products but we refuse to do so. MyGreenFills will never violate our mission just to make money; we care too much about you and our environment to do that.
Join the revolution today!