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The Hidden Health Hazards Lurking in Your Clothes

Chemicals in Clothes

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  • Top loading washing machines agitate microfibers from fleece clothing. Based on one company’s sales estimates, 100,000 jackets washed in one year result in the equivalent of 11,900 plastic grocery bags’ worth being released into the environment
  • Flame retardants that coat your clothes and/or are trapped by your clothes from your furniture and dust particles, are released into wastewater when washed
  • Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), flame retardant chemicals, collect in your lipid tissue, disrupting hormones, interfering with learning and memory and may be linked to genetic defects

By Dr. Mercola

Washing your clothes is not as harmless as you might imagine. Detergents carry toxins and your clothes lose microfibers when washed, polluting the water supply. Your clothes may also harbor flame retardant chemicals, even if you carefully purchase "green" furniture.


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