AmineX™ Fabric Care.

Of all the chemical exposures we encounter daily, laundry products are a group of chemical blends that have the potential to be extremely sensitizing for some people.  Both laundry detergents and fabric softeners fall into this category and are mixtures of chemicals, some of which are best avoided, such as enzymes and optical brighteners.


Laundry Detergents: With the advent of restrictions on the use of phosphates in laundry products, manufacturers developed liquid detergents to demonstrate that they were no longer using the environmentally problematic phosphates. Liquid products were better suited for the newer automatic laundry equipment. What remains in the formulations are optical brighteners in most brands and detergent enzymes in some brands. Optical brighteners have a tendency over time, to make whites gray and colors dull as the repeat treatments remain on the fabric and change color.


Fabric Softeners Are somewhat simpler formulations and are a blend of softening chemicals, optical brighteners, fragrances, and dyes. All these chemicals coat the fabrics in a thin layer and depending on the type are quite resistant to removal in subsequent washes


Laundry: In most households, especially those with children, the laundry consists of personal garments and those items worn close to the skin including PJ's and bedding. Close contact for long periods during the day or night increases exposure.  Some individuals are so allergic/sensitive to these chemicals that sitting next to someone whose clothing has been washed with detergent enzymes will trigger a reaction.