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How bad IS commercial detergent?



Simply stated, 1,4-Dioxane is another substance that may cause cancer in your home. 1,4-Dioxane has been identified by the US Environmental Protection Agency as a likely human carcinogen. In recent years, 1,4-dioxane has been found in drinking water and groundwater supplies close to chemical plants and waste sites. However, some home cleaning products also contain varying amounts of 1,4-dioxane due to manufacturing with ethoxylated ingredients. It adds to the growing inventory of everyday items that may cause cancer.

Under new state guidelines, any household cleaning or personal care products that have more than two parts per million (PPM) of 1,4-Dioxane is now banned. An even stricter limit of 1 ppm for 1,4-Dioxane in household cleaning and personal care products will take effect at the end of 2023.




The ACI (The American Cleaning Institute) highlights that 1,4-dioxane is not an ingredient in detergents and cleaning products, but rather a byproduct of the manufacturing processes, present at very low trace levels. Additionally, according to a 2020 determination by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “certain consumer products containing the by-product 1,4-dioxane do not present an unreasonable risk of injury to human health or the environment.”


SLS is a foaming ingredient that is used to create shampoos, soaps, and detergents foam. Oils like coconut or palm can be used to make SLS. It basically allows water and oil, which are two immiscible substances, to emulsify and be readily lifted off filthy clothes, which makes detergents effective. SLS is frequently used because it is both affordable and efficient. SLS is well known for irritating human skin and is frequently linked to diseases like psoriasis, eczema, and acne. Those with delicate skin or those who are allergic to things should avoid it.


Bleach in detergents is intended to make clothes, particularly white ones, appear whiter by converting UV light to visible light. It is frequently hidden under the label term Sodium Hypochlorite or the all-encompassing term "optical brighteners." Bleach exposure to the skin can result in allergic responses. It irritates the eyes, lungs, and is toxic to aquatic life.


An inexpensive preservative and antibacterial substance called formaldehyde is frequently found in detergents and dishwashing solutions. It is well known to irritate the airways, eyes, and respiratory system. Regular exposure to formaldehyde can result in allergic responses like contact dermatitis and eczema. Humans are toxic to formaldehyde, and it has been related to cancer. For more details, visit the manufacturer's website or check your detergent's label for a reference of this ingredient.


By lessening the effects of calcium and magnesium and softening the water, phosphorus increases the cleaning power of cleansers. Sodium tripolyphosphate is the phosphate that is most frequently used in cleansers. Phosphates are efficient, but because of their damaging effects on water resources, they have been outlawed in a number of American and European states. Phosphates cause lakes and waterways to develop algal blooms, which rob marine life of oxygen and cause their demise. A phosphate-free laundry detergent that doesn't harm native eco-systems is considered eco-friendly.


Nonylphenol ethoxylated is a notorious chemical that is known to be an endocrine disruptor in both people and animals. It was listed as a chemical of worldwide concern by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in its assessment of persistent toxic substances based on regions. By imitating estrogen, it interferes with endocrine function and, after prolonged exposure, renders nonylphenol ethoxylate indistinguishable from estrogen in our systems. The substance is not biodegradable and lasts for several years in the earth, groundwater, and surface water bodies where it is extremely toxic to marine life.


Alkylbenzene sulphonates (ABS) and linear alkylbenzene sulphonates are the most widely used benzene-based surfactants in washing detergents. (LAS). Surfactants help to suspend dirt particles in the water so they are simpler to dissolve and remove by lowering the surface tension between liquids and stains on clothing. High amounts of benzene are released into indoor air by household goods like paint, furniture polish, and detergents. It is toxic to aquatic life and irritates the epidermis, nose, and eyes.


About 4,000 different chemicals, many of which are derived from petroleum, are combined to create the fragrances found in washing detergents. We can scent them because they vaporize into the air and release noxious volatile organic compounds (VOCs), like terpenes, that contaminate the air inside buildings. Artificial scents that are too harsh are known to aggravate the respiratory system and lead to issues like asthma. Choose a cleanser that is fragrance-free or has a light scent.


How we can help you navigate all this at Main & Maple. Our cleaning and body products are handmade in Trinidad. We skip all the dangerous ingredients, and use ingredients that work.

We sell our products bulk without the plastic. Again by eliminating more dangerous by products going plastic free.

What in our laundry detergent:

Ingredients: sodium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate, sodium percarbonate, sodium chloride, citric acid.


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