Fabric Softener or an Endocrine Disruptor?

It might surprise you, but fabric softener is the number one cause of indoor air pollution. Never fear though, this DIY fabric softener is easy to make and VOC-free. But first, what’s a VOC? A VOC is a Volatile Organic Compound.

Fabric Softener & Conditioner Market size was valued at US$ 19.99 Bn. in 2022 and the total revenue is expected to grow at 4.50% through 2023 to 2029, reaching nearly US$ 27.20 Bn.

Consegic Business Intelligence analyses that the fabric softener market is growing with a CAGR of 4.3% during the forecast period (2023-2031), boosted by increasing demand for laundry care products.

Almost 60% of households globally use these products.

Daily many households are exposed to the ‘laundry’ smell in the clothing we wear, the sheets we sleep in, the towels we dry ourselves in, the towels used to cross pollinate whilst drying our cutlery and crockery.  Not to mention the impact on ones physical and metabolic wellbeing.

Examples such as fragrances and dyes – can cause skin irritation as well as allergic reactions. Glutaraldehyde – can cause respiratory issues and skin irritations.

Hexylene Glycol – associated with eye, skin, and respiratory irritation.

Hydrochloric Acid – can cause severe burns and skin damage and is toxic when inhaled.

INHALATION May cause irritation to the respiratory system.

INGESTION No harmful effects expected in amounts likely to be ingested by accident.

SKIN CONTACT Prolonged and frequent contact may cause redness and irritation.

EYE CONTACT May cause temporary eye irritation.


Regardless of age, the ‘laundry’ smell is impacting your health.

Are you washing for health or enhancing an endocrine disruptor in your household?

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