Natural Laundry Products Malone NY

Conventional laundry products contain a range of chemicals that irritate skin and eyes, trigger allergic reactions and asthma, damage the environment, and may have harmful long'term effects.

Hydro Van By American
(518) 483-7060
34 Catherine Street
Malone, NY
 
Cleantopia Laundromat
(212) 929-0081
178 West Houston Street
New York, NY
 
Tian Tian Laundromat
(212) 475-0868
137 Allen St # 1
New York, NY
 
Lafayette Laundry
(212) 226-7573
238 Lafayette Street
New York, NY
 
Chris French Cleaners
(212) 475-5444
57 4th Avenue
New York, NY
 
Puritan Laundry & Dry Cleaners
(800) 794-4736
108 Catherine St
Malone, NY
 
Saranac Valley Enterprises
(518) 293-7807
3478 State Route 3
Saranac, NY
 
Ruppert Wash & Dry
(212) 426-8587
1670 3rd Ave # 1
New York, NY
 
Wyllie Dry Cleaning Inc
(607) 273-4500
425 West Seneca Street
Ithaca, NY
 
EastSide Laundromat & Dry Cleaner
(212) 987-3206
1692 2nd Avenue
New York, NY
 

Living Spaces—What Lurks in Your Laundry?

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By Lisa Turner

“Mountain fresh.” “Spring rain.” “Ocean breeze.” The names of laundry detergents and fabric softeners sound gentle, safe, even comforting. But in spite of the clean-and-natural terminology, mainstream laundry products actually saturate your clothes in a wash of harsh, irritating, and possibly toxic chemicals.

“What are the short- and long-term health consequences of exposure to these chemicals?” asks Jeffrey Hollander, author of Naturally Clean: The Seventh Generation Guide to Safe and Healthy, Non-Toxic Cleaning (New Society Publishers, 2005). “What happens inside our bodies when we come into contact with multiple chemicals from multiple sources at the same time? The fact is, we really don’t know, since no government agency requires research to determine the safety of household chemicals.”

Conventional laundry products contain a range of chemicals that irritate skin and eyes, trigger allergic reactions and asthma, damage the environment, and may have harmful long-term effects. Scientists suspect that some of these chemicals cause cancer; others disrupt the endocrine system and interfere with the reproductive health of both humans and wildlife. But most of these chemicals haven’t been tested for their long-term effects on humans. The reason? Potentially harmful ingredients in laundry products enter the body primarily via inhalation or skin contact, not ingestion.

“Chemicals are generally tested for safety by feeding them to animals,” says Theo Colborn, PhD, a leading researcher on environmental toxins and coauthor of Our Stolen Future (Penguin USA, 1997). “So the dermal and inhalation effect of many chemicals has never been studied. Safety tests don’t address the way we’re usually exposed to chemicals: not by drinking them and not in large quantities, but by touching them or inhaling the fumes in small quantities, in repeated doses, and over a long period of time.”

We also come into contact with some of these harsh chemicals through residues left in clothing, towels, sheets, and other washables. “Clothing is up against your skin all day, you lie under your sheets all night, you rub towels all over your body,” says Karyn Siegel-Maier, author of The Naturally Clean Home (Storey, 1999). “There’s a lot of exposure—and a lot of opportunity for irritation and harmful effects.”

Dirty laundry
Experts suspect many ingredients in laundry products of causing long-term harm, as well as immediate and direct reactions, especially allergies and skin, lung, and eye irritation. Here are some dirty cleaning products to watch out for:

• Surfactants. These compounds, which create bubbles and suds in laundry detergents, carry such potential for harm that many European countries have banned them. The most commonly used surfactants, alkyl phenol ethoxylates (APEs), classify as endocrine disruptors. Scientists have linked endocrine disruptors with many adverse health effects, including decreased sperm counts and increased risk of testic...

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