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Detergents – How safe are they for your baby's skin and the environment?

Children enjoy the process of exploring and learning, and they have the most fun doing this, when we let them be. As much fun and beneficial it is, letting kids be can at times also mean having messy clothes and floors, food and probably paint all over clothes, poop stains on cloth diapers, spilled milk on the sheets, and a lot more(!) along with all the fun and learning! 

With powerful washing machines and detergents that work on even the toughest stains, messes and spills are not a worry for parents and caretakers. But have you ever wondered about the impact these detergents have on your baby's skin and on the environment? First, let us understand what the popular choices of detergents available in the market are made up of.

 

Are laundry detergents safe for the skin?

The harmful and synthetic chemicals present in most laundry detergents can leave a residue in the clothes and contact the skin. Although this can harm anyone, especially in the case of babies and people with sensitive skin, this can cause serious skin allergies.  

It may provoke or aggravate existing scaling, dryness, tightness, roughness, erythema, and swelling. It can also trigger a condition called contact dermatitis in specific areas such as armpits or diaper area / groin.  


 



Ingredients of laundry detergents and their impact on the environment  

Most detergents are lab synthesized using harmful chemical compounds such as Phosphates, Bleaches, Optical Brighteners, etc. and thus are not a great choice for the environment. When released into the water stream, these chemicals have long-term and far-reaching environmental impacts. 

The main ingredients that go into most laundry detergents are Phosphates. Phosphate-containing detergents can create algae blooms in freshwater. This uses up the oxygen available in water, which is meant for aquatic life, thus interfering with the marine lifecycle and ecosystem.   

Phosphates also break down the protective mucus layer on marine life — this layer coats fish, corals & aquatic plants and protects them from parasites and bacteria. It disrupts the endocrine system of humans, leading to hormonal disorders and decreases aquatic organisms' breeding rates. 

Transporting bulky detergent to make them reach your houses also needs more fuel and leaves a larger carbon footprint behind. 

Not to forget that most detergents, be it liquid or powder, come in plastic packaging & are responsible for the increase in the use of single-use plastic. 

 

Is there an alternative? 

The good news is, YES! There is a safe alternative! 

You can now relax and leave the job of protecting the skin and environment against harmful chemicals present in laundry detergents on SuperBottoms Super Laundry Sheets – which Cleans Powerfully. Loves Generously.

Its concentrated cleaning power with higher cleaning actives and lesser fillers ensures that it cleans clothes effectively. This means it has more cleaning power per sheet and an effective stain removal formula. 

Planet-friendly and gentle on clothes, it dissolves like magic and leaves NO residue on the clothes and in the environment. It is free of harmful chemicals such as Bleach, SLES, Phosphates, optical brighteners, etc. 

It does not settle on the clothes and mixes directly into the water while washing, dissolves completely and leaves no residue, thus is completely safe! The detergent sheets generate less lather - so less water is wasted in washing & cleaning of clothes. 

India's 1st laundry sheets, SuperBottoms Super Laundry Sheets, are specially designed & formulated for cloth diapers and are suitable for all kids' and baby clothes, blankets, sheets, etc. It is also suitable for people with sensitive skin and even for regular laundry!

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