Why are ordinary detergents harmful to the environment?

Why can detergents be harmful for the environment?

Many ordinary detergents contain substances that smell good, but are pure poison to nature. And it cannot be avoided that these ingredients get into the environment. They are carried directly there after each wash via the sewage system. 
We will now take a closer look at which substances are of particular concern:

Surfactants
can be obtained from crude oil or palm oil and ensure that grease and dirt are removed from clothing and combine with water. Although this is an enormous advantage for cleaning and extremely effective, it is harmful to most of our animal and plant species in the world. However, the effects vary depending on the material that was originally used. Surfactants that are obtained from crude oil should be completely degradable - according to legal requirements - but it has been demonstrated that residues or degradation products are found in water and are then consumed directly by aquatic organisms.
Although this danger does not exist with palm oil surfactants, they can only be obtained if large areas of rainforest have to give way to monocultures.

Preservatives:
Cleaning agents should last as long as possible so that production can be better planned. The big disadvantage: The preservatives that provide this effect are synthetically produced and are usually not biodegradable. Even if they only accumulate in small quantities in nature, this can cause a lot of damage. 

Synthetic fragrances:
Who does not love the smell of freshly washed laundry? It is not the newly acquired cleanliness that is responsible for this, but fragrances. Some of these are harmless to nature, but there are a number of fragrances that can enter water bodies unhindered and deadly damage organisms. By the way, this also applies to some fragrances that are approved for eco-cleaning products. Those who care about the environment should also make sure that only degradable and completely harmless substances find their way into the laundry.

Water softener:
This is supposed to make the surfactants do their job effectively, but in most cases it is completely superfluous. All the worse that many manufacturers still rely on the function, even with softeners that are proven to be harmful to the animal and plant world. Phosphates, for example, can completely upset the balance of water bodies and ensure that a lake, for example, can no longer harbour any life.

Environmental protection concerns all of us and we should do what is necessary to adapt our daily lives so that we cause as little harm to nature as possible. However, many ingredients not only harm the environment but also have a direct impact on our health. Why this is so is made clear in the following.


Detergents can be harmful to health


All the substances listed so far not only have serious consequences for the ecosystem, but can also be directly dangerous to everyone. For example, surfactants dry out the mucous membranes and the skin, fragrances can trigger allergic reactions and certain preservatives are not only responsible for respiratory irritation and headaches, but are even suspected of causing cancer. It should always be borne in mind that, although the legislator specifies how much of these substances may be contained in cleaning products, many substances accumulate in the body. If a critical value is then exceeded, health restrictions are unavoidable, even if the intake is completely harmless after a few washes.

There are, however, three ingredients that must be dealt with separately if you want to protect yourself and your body:

Bleaching agent: Preferably used for products that should make white laundry shine properly again. Not every bleach is equally harmful, but often chlorine is added, which can irritate the mucous membranes and cause allergies. If it comes into contact with acid, the effects are even more dramatic, because chlorine gas is then produced, which can have a strong nerve damaging effect and can also have devastating effects in the wild.

Enzymes: If these are added, the aim is to save on surfactants and to obtain excellent results after the wash, even at low temperatures. At first glance, this sounds reasonable, but there is a problem: Enzymes for detergents are almost always obtained from genetically manipulated raw materials. Not all enzymes are always removed during the wash, so that irritations are possible on direct skin contact.

Antibacterial agents: For us, clean laundry stands for purity and the most comprehensive hygiene possible.
Of course, the suppliers are aware of this, too, so they do everything they can to give the impression that their detergent makes this possible. The catch here is that the use of special agents against bacteria may make sense in various areas - for example in hospitals or nursing homes - but in the home, a wash at a higher temperature and a washing powder that does not contain such additives is sufficient.
On the other hand, many substances used for such agents can cause irritation and allergies, in the worst case even cause changes in the hormone balance or even cause cancer. Antibacterial agents are therefore not only unnecessary for a thorough wash, but can even be risky. Some studies even indicate that a widespread use of these additives favors the development of antibiotic-resistant germs.

What healthy alternatives are available?

So detergents are not simply a harmless aid in the household, they can become a danger to your own health and a burden on nature. But nobody must have now concern that one must do without freshly washed laundry and a comprehensive hygiene with this knowledge, because there are intelligent alternatives.

We are aware of our responsibility for you as a consumer, but also for nature.
That is why we avoid substances that can cause damage in our cleaning products and concentrate on the essentials: To offer you an effective product that is completely harmless to the environment.

Convince yourself and we guarantee that you will not miss any bleaching agents or surfactants.
Our products protect your health and help you to lead an ecologically sustainable life.

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