|2009.11.23 17:42||2009.11.23 17:42 | Civic Participation|
Also they suggested that I use a fabric softener, giving clothes a fresh fragrance and getting rid of troublesome static electricity.
But behind these innocent-looking laundry accessories, skin diseases, water pollution and the serious problem of environmental hormones lie coiled like a snake.
“Do you know the truth about synthetic detergent? “
The main ingredient of the kind of synthetic detergent which we use routinely is artificial surfactant. It is made of botanical soap and oil. While other ingredients such as vegetable-based agents have few contaminating pollutants are are easily decomposed, soap and botanical surfactants are the chief causes of water pollution.
Once they flow into the river through the drainpipe, the river’s vital supply of sunlight and oxygen is restricted.
Consequently the river loses its considerable powers of self-cleaning.
In addition there is the phenomenon of the water-purifying process.
Disturbing condensing agents, acidic soaps and surfactants prevent floating substances from precipitating.
Unfortunately these ingredients not only fail to decomposed but also cause skin diseases such as eczema and eruptions which damage our skin and leave horny substances.
And if some of the other ingredients get into our body, heavy metals can become easily absorbed, frequently causing dangerous pollution-related diseases to develop.
“I know it is harmful for the environment but I use it because it is convenient.”
As interest in health and environment issues increases, customers tend to prefer to purchase detergents using natural ingredients. As a result the shops are starting to sell these products. Still, however, synthetic detergent, bleach and fabric softener are seen as the basic necessaries for perfect laundering which can be found in almost every house.
Clean clothes without stains, sweet smells to satisfy the senses and freedom from troublesome static electricity are the top reasons for using these products.
“How to protect your health and the environment.”
We have to dry –clean certain kinds of clothes made of woolen fabrics which are weak and sensitive to heat and water. Dry-cleaning uses toxic chemical materials such as a solvents, benzene, perchloroethylene, toluene, trichloroethylene. These ingredients stimulate our skin and respiratory organs and pollute the water and the air.. Trichloroethylene, especially, i one of the main harmful materials and, according to the EPA (US environmental protection agency), is very dangerous.
If we constantly inhale it, even in very small amounts, we may suffer from fatigue, powerlessness, skin dermatitis, weakening of immunity, liver damage, memory problems and even cancer.
Do you want to save yourself from these dangers?
Do not worry. There is a simple solution.
Choose cotton and natural fabrics instead of woolen fabrics. Whenever possible, do laundry at home by yourself using the following special methods:
Put 500mg of EM fermentation liquid and 5 spoons of edible soda into your washing machine with the correct quantity of water. Disolving edible soda in the water helps the get rid of stains.
Smear glycerin on the dirty clothes and apply edible soda with a spray. You can see the stains bubble away before your very eyes!.
First, prepare 4 glasses of water, 20g of edible soda,100ml of vinegar and some lemon juice.
Second, pour the water into a pot and heat gently.
Third, when the water becomes warm, put the edible soda into the pot.Then add vinegar and lemon juice.
Lastly, cool the water and keep it in a bottle. In fact only a few drops of vinegar are enough to prevent static electricity.
The ‘we’ in your wash
Aside from people who live alone, almost every family has one washing machine that members of family put their clothes in.
Do you have a toddler who has just started walking?
Do you have a wife or a husband you promised to love forever?
Do you have parents whose are getting weaker and weaker as they get older?
Then throw the synthetic detergent away right now!
When you try socks on, do you wear them on your bare feet or use something on your feet to protect your skin? Do you have a special device to remove water and bacteria from your skin after taking a shower or use a well-washed towel on you bare body? Then throw the synthetic detergent away right now!
Do you plan to have a baby or have a child already?
Are you sure that you can live as long as the average life span or do you want to live longer? Then throw the synthetic detergent away right now.
This is the key to creating and maintaining a healthy environment for ourselves and for the next generation.
Ttranslated by Jang Junghak
Proofread by Simons Chloe Jane
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