According to care2, the average home contains 10-40 litres of toxic chemicals in the form of cleaners and detergents that can cause respiratory problems, irritation, disruption of the body’s systems, and other health issues. The United States Environmental Protection Agency reports that because we use these products to clean our homes, the air inside a house can be 2-5 times more polluted than the air outside.
One of the worst offenders is laundry detergents and powders, as they leave residue on our clothes that we then wear against our skin. The average household washes around 20kg of laundry per week – more than 6,000 items of clothing in a year! If you’re using an off-the-shelf detergent, all your clothes could be exposed to these common chemicals: