Toxic Ingredients | What's Real & What's Myth?

Toxic Ingredients | What's Real & What's Myth?

As you’ve probably noticed, we pride ourselves in being a green company. We at No Sweat Living promote healthy habits, clean living and are proud to provide antibacterial laundry detergents that - while highly effective when it comes to odor removal or deep cleaning your clothes - are as natural and eco-friendly as possible. From time to time controversy crops up certain ingredients - in this case Sodium Laureth Sulfate (or SLES)-  which we do use in our Sports Wash. SLES is a high foaming, anionic surfactant (soap). Recently there has been a surge of non-factual information being spread online which claims that SLES is a carcinogen and that it does not bio-degrade easily. In reality SLES is listed on the EPA’s list of green, renewable, safe ingredients.

There have been toxicology studies conducted by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, and the American Cancer Society which prove that SLES is in fact NOT a carcinogen, and does not react with DNA. While it can be a slight skin and eye irritant if exposed directly to the skin in a concentrated amount, the same is true of a wide variety of soaps and 'green' ingredients when it comes to exposure for an extended period of time. Our formula contains a small concentration of SLES, which raises little to no risk of irritation. SLES combines oil and water in an emulsifying action to remove dirt and oil very effectively, which is why it remains an ingredient in our formula. Should new research offer better alternatives or clearly prove toxicity we would absolutely find an alternative.

Dangerous Ingredients in Household Cleaners

Conversely there are a laundry list of noxious ingredients commonly found in household cleaning products that we would never use as a result of our environmental and wellness values.  These include:

1. Chlorine:
First of all- chlorine is not a naturally occurring substance, it is industrially manufactured. Secondly, Chlorine produces a toxic bi-product called dioxin, which has been found to be 300,000 times stronger a carcinogen than DDT! Dioxin remains in the environment even after the chlorine has been “safely” broken down into salt and water. Want to learn more? Check out this article

2. Phosphates:
Overuse of phosphates can have devastating environmental impacts, which is why it’s important to do our part to minimize the amount of these substances that end up in our water supply. "Too much phosphate can cause health problems, such as kidney damage and osteoporosis. Phosphate shortages can also occur. ... When white phosphorusoccurs in nature this can be a serious danger to our health. White phosphorus is extremely poisonous and in many cases exposure to it will be fatal." Chemical properties of phosphates. 

3. Petroleum Distillates:
Highly flammable, this substance is also highly toxic. Side effects of exposure include: irritation eyes, nose, throat; dizziness, drowsiness, headache, nausea; dry cracked skin; chemical pneumonitis (aspiration liquid). Inhaling or ingesting even a small amount of Petroleum Distillates can be fatal


  • 4. Parabens:
  • Longer chains of parabens have been linked to developmental and reproductive disorders. A study by the “EWG’s Skin Deep database, which compares cosmetic ingredients to over 50 international toxicity databases, indicates that parabens are linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, reproductive toxicity, immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity and skin irritation.”

    We remain committed to producing antibacterial laundry detergents that are consistent with healthy habits and well being - its the #nosweatlife!  We are constantly researching safer, more effective technology so we continue to beat the competition when it comes to laundry odor removal and natural laundry soap.

    We are always here to answer your questions (and separate fact from fiction) when it comes to green washing. Ask away!

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