It's hard to imagine a home that doesn't use laundry detergent. He became as integral as bread or milk. Choosing a powder, each housewife is guided by the price-quality ratio or takes the one that is familiar to her. Detergents differ in price, availability of different fragrances and manufacturer.
In fact, washing powders have approximately the same component composition:
- surfactant. They are the basis of all washing powders, it is they who dissolve dirt and detach them from clothes.
- phosphates. Their main function is to soften water and enhance the effect of surfactants;
- bleaches are substances that color fabrics, enhancing their whiteness;
- enzymes - chemical components that are responsible for dissolving complex contaminants;
- fragrances (fragrances) - substances that give the washing powder a smell - lemon, frosty freshness, lavender and many others.
Washing powders are designed to combat various contaminants, but often these components are simply not rinsed out, remaining on clothes, towels or bedding, affecting the human body:
- surfactants can damage cell membranes and affect the processes occurring in the body, causing a runny nose, sneezing, redness on the skin or active itching, in some cases, fever or headache. If you do not recognize in time that it is all about washing powder and continue to use it, asthma may develop. In addition to developing an allergic reaction, chemical components from the powder can interfere with the functioning of the gastrointestinal tract, causing nausea, diarrhea and loss of appetite.
Now we are talking about a powder with a standard composition, but it happens that prohibited components are added to the detergent:
- ammonia, which removes difficult dirt, but at the same time contributes to the rapid destruction of tissues, including human skin;
- oil distillers give clothes shine and gloss, but at the same time negatively affect the eyesight and the human nervous system;
- chlorine. It is usually added to powders intended for white laundry. Chlorine is considered a rather dangerous substance that can cause a strong allergic reaction and disruption in the digestive system.
Naturally, knowing about the effect of a synthetic detergent on the body, we are still unlikely to give up on them. In order not to harm your health, it is necessary to minimize direct contact with the powder; when washing by hand, be sure to wear gloves, store the products in a closed container, and protect children from contact with the detergent.
When you go shopping, you need to carefully read the composition of the detergent:
- Surfactants (surfactants) should not be more than 15%;
- it must be written on children's powders that they are hypoallergenic and intended specifically for washing children's linen;
- components such as chlorine, optical brightener and phosphates should not be present in baby powders.