Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Just say no to glow!

Optical Brighteners aka Florescent Brightening Agents

Conventional laundry detergent with optical brighteners under a blue light
What are optical brighteners?
* Chemicals in conventional laundry detergent designed to make fabrics appear cleaner and brighter.

How do they work?
* The chemicals absorb ultra violent light and emit it back as a visible blue light. This blue light covers any yellowing and makes your fabric seem brighter and whiter. Your clothes are not cleaner but they look like it. 
 Why they are bad?
* Many times, skin rashes commonly blamed on fragrance and dyes are actually caused by optical brighteners. Brightening agents bind irreversibly to the skin and when in the sun can cause burns.
*Optical brighteners contain chemicals that are toxic to fish and other animal and plant life.
*They are slow to biodegrade, so they build up in waterways affecting the animals, plants, and anyone in contact with the water. 
Military uniform washed in optical brightener, check out the glow!
* Optical brighteners make your diapers appear cleaner by looking "whiter" through the refraction of light. These chemicals if loaded into the detergent can also compromise cloths diapers ability to absorb and make covers, pocket diapers and AIO's leaky.

What chemicals are optical brighteners?
* Triazine-stilbenes, Coumarins, Imidazolines, Diazoles, Triazoles, Benzoxazolines, Biphenyl-stilbenes, Disodium Diaminostilbene Disulfonate, benzoxazolyl, benzimidazoyl, naphthylimide
* Many times laundry detergents do not list the ingredients or they list them as brighteners or whiteners

 What laundry detergents use optical brighteners?
Dreft Powder
Era Liquid (all versions)
Gain Liquids (all versions)
Gain Powders (all versions)
Ivory Snow Liquid
Ivory Snow Powder
Tide Liquids (all versions)
Tide Powders (all versions)
Tide Tablets (all versions)
Fab (all versions)
Dynamo (all versions)
Ajax (all versions)
Suavitel Fabric Softener (all versions)
All laundry products made by Colgate-Palmolive
Arm & Hammer Liquid (all versions)
Arm & Hammer FabriCare Powder (all versions)
Arm & Hammer Fresh 'n Soft Fabric Softener (all versions)
Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
Rain Drops Water Softener and Detergent Booster
DeliCare Fine Fabric Wash (all versions)
Wisk (all versions)
All Liquid (all versions)
Surf Liquid (all versions)
Yes (all versions)
All Dial Laundry Products including:
Purex Powder (all versions)
Purex Liquid (all versions)
Purex Fabric Softener (all versions)
Purex Baby (all versions)
20 Mule Team Detergent (all versions)
Zout (all versions)

Choose a laundry wash that is non toxic to your family and the environment, just say no to the glow!

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