Thanks to laundromats, you don’t have to do your own laundry. Unfortunately, most cleaning agents used in laundromats are toxic. In other words, the clothes that you are wearing right now could be harming your health.

The apparel industry uses roughly 8,000 synthetic chemicals. It equates from the dye on your clothes to the detergent used in a laundromat. It would be best to be leery of these toxins because some are known carcinogens and hormone disruptors.

Hearing the word “carcinogen” may have caught your attention. If you want to get rid of the toxic cleaning substances in your home brought by freshly laundered clothing, you should continue reading this article. 

Toxic Laundry Detergent

Most laundry detergents and spot removal cleaners are toxic. Some of them are known carcinogens. Below are some of their most common ingredients:

The state of New Jersey warns against the use of this chemical. In extreme cases, it can cause death.

This chemical is one of the primary ingredients of traditional soap. It can burn the skin and releases fumes that can harm the lungs. 

This cleaning agent is also used as a pesticide. It is quite harmful to pregnant women. Besides that, it can cause long-lasting harm to aquatic creatures.

You might want to recheck the laundry detergent ingredients the next time you go to a laundromat.

Can I Wash off the Detergent?

You would think of a laundry detergent that washed off in the water. The toxic chemicals and all (which, by the way, were still polluting the environment) would be enough. Yet those toxic chemicals are still washing out into the ocean, contaminating the fish we eat.

Consider, for example, that 2.3 billion pounds of toxic chemicals, including cancer-causing and hormone-disrupting chemicals, are washed into US waterways every year from our laundry.

Let us take it to the individual level and consider leading-brand detergents used in a 24/7 laundromat. Those are the brands found in the clothing aisle and advertised on TV, in magazines, and on the website, the ones that sell a lot because they are easy to find, easy to buy, and heavily marketed. They are also the most heavily advertised and are most heavily represented on store shelves.


The good news is that there are safer and more effective alternatives. With that said, you should take a closer look on the ingredients used by your local laundromat. Doing so would guarantee your health and safety.

Mule Team Laundromat, a 24/7 laundromat in Friona, takes care of your laundry without using highly toxic cleaning solutions. Bring your dirty clothes to us now! 

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