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Laundry detergent like any other household product such as cleaning, cosmetic or beauty products can contain toxic chemicals and even carcinogens.
The EPA (environment protection agency) considers this solvent a human carcinogen. This is taken directly from their website:
“1,4-Dioxane is used as a solvent. Acute (short-term) inhalation exposure to high levels of 1,4-dioxane has caused vertigo, drowsiness, headache, anorexia and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs in humans. It may also irritate the skin. Damage to the liver and kidneys has been observed in rats chronically (long-term) exposed in their drinking water. In three epidemiologic studies on workers exposed to 1,4-dioxane, the observed number of cancer cases did not differ from the expected cancer deaths. Tumors have been observed in orally exposed animals. EPA has classified 1,4-dioxane as a Group B2, probable human carcinogen.”
As you can see there are acute affects simply by inhaling this chemical. Long term exposure causes more damage. This is an issue for several reasons. First and foremost, if you use any of Tide products you are contributing to this carcinogenic chemical being essentially diffused in your laundry room as well as kicked out into your yard, where your children probably play. Not only that but you wear the clothes and carry the scent of tide (and it’s chemical concoction) with you wherever you go, so you’re carrying this smell and inhaling this throughout the day.
This is just ONE of the ingredients in Tide’s laundry detergent. Another ingredient known as sodium hydroxide may be a possible carcinogen as well. Tide also contains propylene glycol which is a known endocrine (hormone) disruptor. It’s also a chemical used in anti-freeze!
Tide contains many more chemicals, it’s a chemical formulation that also includes fragrance which has it’s harmful effects. There are at least 2 known carcinogens in tide detergent and probably a few more considering the list of chemicals in Tide is quite large. There is not one “natural” or pure plant based ingredient in tide except for water.
Every other ingredient is either a carcinogen, or irritant to the lungs or skin. Any chemical that irritates the skin or lungs does more than just irritate, it’s foreign to the body so it has this reaction for a reason. Any foreign chemical introduced to the skin or by inhaling has much more harmful affects than a simple irritant.
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