Modern people are used to adding a little fabric softener when washing clothes, so does it have an impact on our health?
Role of fabric softener
The effect of fabric softener on clothes is very different from that of detergent on clothes. Detergent is to separate the dirt from the clothes, and the detergent itself should be separated from the clothes after washing. Therefore, it can be said that the effect of detergent on clothes is' subtraction '. The role of clothing softener (fabric softener) for clothing is to be adsorbed by fiber and remain on clothing. Therefore, it can be said that clothing softener is' addition 'to clothing.
The application scope of clothing softener mainly needs fluffy and soft clothes, such as wool sweater, cashmere sweater, blanket, towel quilt, bath towel and some underwear. Sometimes in order to make the living atmosphere more warm, some textiles in the family, such as curtains, sofa covers and so on, will also be treated with softeners.
Clothing softener is a finishing agent often used after washing clothes. It is mainly made of cationic surfactant. Its main functions are:
1. Improve the state of the fiber and restore the deformation of the fiber after wearing or washing. Keep fluffy, soft and relatively natural.
2. Reduce the friction coefficient between the fibers, so that the fibers can move freely and improve the hand feel of the fabric.
3. After the fiber adsorbs the softener, the water repellency of the fabric is properly improved.
Do you often use fabric softener?
In modern times, more and more families will have the shadow of clothing softener. However, through the investigation and research of health experts, it is found that there are many toxic chemicals in these clothing softeners. If they are used for a long time, they will seriously cause damage to the central nervous system.
According to the data of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and chemical safety instructions (MSDS), clothing softeners contain a variety of dangerous chemical components, including benzyl acetate, aloe alcohol, limonene, benzyl alcohol and chloroform. Benzyl acetate may cause pancreatic cancer, which can irritate the eyes and respiratory tract, cause coughing, and can absorb through the skin. Benzyl alcohol can stimulate the upper respiratory tract, cause central nervous system disorder, and cause headache, decreased blood pressure, vomiting, nausea and other symptoms.
Limonene is a known carcinogen that irritates eyes and skin; Aloe alcohol has anesthetic effect, can cause central nervous system disorder and poor breathing, and can even cause death in animal experiments; Chloroform is a neurotoxic anesthetic and carcinogenic substance, which has been listed in the list of hazardous wastes by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Most of these chemicals are more dangerous when heated in a dryer.
As the softener will remain in the clothing, these chemicals will be slowly released and penetrate into the skin or air. What's worse, most clothing softeners add fragrance to cover up the chemical smell. For children, the elderly and patients, long-term exposure to these chemicals is particularly dangerous and may even cause permanent damage. Children may have rashes, prolonged crying or abdominal discharge. Some researchers even pointed out that some cases of sudden infant death are caused by allergic reactions, and children's clothes and bedding washed with clothing softener are very likely to be one of the causes of allergies.
If you want to make your clothes soft, try the following methods. They not only do not harm health and pollute the environment, but also are more economical. 1. Pour 1 / 4 cup of baking soda into the washing machine to soften clothes. Alternatively, pour 1 / 4 cup of white vinegar or soften the clothes (but don't use bleach at the same time). 2. Put the clothes on the clothesline to eliminate static electricity. 3. Putting a small piece of aluminum foil into the dryer with clothes can avoid static electricity. 4. Install the water softener. 5. If you must use clothing softeners, choose softeners containing natural ingredients as much as possible.