What's In Your Laundry Soap?
Your skin wants clean laundry - Tide and Fels Naptha can't provide that. Let's chat about why.
More than 20 years ago, I became aware that the laws for “wash off products” like soap, were not even close to what I thought they were! I bet they are not what you thought they were either! You see, the soap industry is large and it has a strong lobby. So the laws have been written to accommodate their marketing style. What? Not for your health, no, for their best marketing!
The FDA does not require ingredient labeling for soap. If your products meet the FDA's definition of “soap”, they are exempt from the provisions of the FD&C Act. Any ingredient disclosure is voluntary. That also means that partial disclosure is legally valid. They have determined that since soap is going to be washed off, it has no impact on your skin or your health. So ingredient disclosure and ingredient regulation is not necessary. Your skin won’t absorb any toxicity from a wash off product. That’s the lobbied party line political agenda’s official position. Remember they have bottom lines and stock margins to watch out for . So they want to be efficient.
Downy Unstoppables “fresh up to 12 weeks” had a set of commercials where the actors sniffed stored clothes and bragged about how “fresh” they still smelled weeks later. Trouble is, the definition of fresh is not fresh but fragranced.
There’s a growing segment of the population with skin conditions that are persistently painful yet unconquered with drugs both topical and oral. But the elephant in the room not being mentioned is the chemicals being rubbed onto the skin causing irritations yet being defined as evidence of “freshness”. It’s not fresh!!!
I was working on a post to the PMN club members group a few days ago. It was an offer for a bulk pkg of soap shreds for those who prefer (or need) to make their own laundry cleaners. There are a good variety of DIY recipes available online explaining a few different methods of hand crafted laundry cleaners. Powders and liquids and a paste style, with varying additives, but most have 1 main ingredient, grated up bar soap. Almost always the recommended brand is teh old standard bar soap Fels Naptha. It’s considered an all natural, old fashioned stain remover by many. Trouble is, this is not your grandmother’s Fels Naptha soap. If your grandma bought fels naptha. All natural items should have simple, easy to read ingredients. This new Fels Naptha label is gonna be a challenge for any elementary reader (and some high schoolers) Check it out. This is a label I just recently copied for an amazon advertisement for Fels Naptha. It’s a new pic. The top middle paragraph is the ingredients list. I’d like to specifically draw your eyes to that simple short word on the second line. T a l c. Yes, here’s a blatant example of my rant. If you have your nose to the natural health world, or if you simply have enough TV commercial exposure, you’ll likely remember that there’s a class action lawsuit for a huge payout of money resulting from evidence leaked that the t a l c that was used in personal hygiene products is cancer causing, and they knew it decades ago. And they sold it anyway. Because it won’t harm your health if it just sits on your skin…..But it did. And now they are paying women large payouts of money because their lives were impacted by serious debilitating cancers. So they stopped putting it in personal hygiene powders. BUT ITS STILL IN SOAP AND COSMETICS!!!!! Go look for yourself!
This is why I get passionate. This is why I make skin care products out of food grade, organic and sustainable ingredients. Because ingredient disclosure is NOT REQUIRED on liquid laundry detergents. Because when they do disclose it, you can see it’s not good. What’s in the stuff they didn’t want you to read???????
Go read your favorite liquid laundry detergent brand’s ingredient label. Most read something like this; “water, ionic and non-ionic surfactants, color and fragrance”. They might add a bleaching or deodorizing agent too. What’s actually in it? Did you read that and know? what exactly is ionic and non-ionic surfactants? Well, a surfactant is something that releases dirt like substances from your clothes. ionic and non-ionic are describing the type, but the origin and type of chemical used is not typically disclosed. (there’s a lot of them that are known skin irritants and worse).
Going back to the Fels Naptha label, besides t a l c, there’s several other wholly unnecessary ingredients in that soap made with animal fat (tallowate) and coconut and palm oils. Real soap can have real short ingredients and they should be all natural and skin friendly. NO t a l c needed!
Moral to my rant? READ THE LABELS. And if the label looks fishy, look harder. Ask questions. You’ve got the world of information in your pocket nowdays! Ask Google.
If you want to make DIY all natural laundry cleaner for your family to save money or save your skin, I do have lots of all natural soap shreds available for a price that’s very comparable to buying Fels Naptha and I can guarantee there’s no T a l c and not preservatives either. There’s also no animal fat. And you don’t have to grate it up either. We already did that for you! Super simple. Super easy. Cheaper than T i d e . But if you don’t want to look up a recipe and buy all the stuff and mix it up, we;ve done that for you too. We have a ready to use version. And a fels naptha replacement.
Whatever you do, PLEASE read the labels! And avoid the stuff you can’t read!
Thank you for coming to my rant!
And that my friend, is a few words more than our “5 minute chat time”.
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