Plenty of debate exists between using non-biological or biological washing powder. In this article, we’re sharing with you the inside scoop about bios and non-bios. Which one is better for stains? What’s inside them that makes them different? And how can we choose which one is safer for our family?
The biggest difference between biological and non-biological detergents is the presence of enzymes.
Enzymes are very effective stain removers, removing blood, mud, and even the toughest food stains. Biological detergents can contain several types of enzymes. The more types of enzymes a bio wash has, the better it is at removing different stains!
Examples of enzymes you can find in biological washing powder are lipase, cellulase,protease, and α-amylase. Also, enzymatic detergents can clean your clothes at lower temperatures compared to non-bios. This means your washing machine consumes less energy to heat up the water for your laundry. Non-biological detergents work better at higher temperatures, thereby requiring more electricity. They don’t contain enzymes and aren’t as effective at removing tough stains.
With the amount of false information about bio and non-bio circulating all over the Internet, it can be hard to make a wise buying decision. But when it comes to our family, it’s important that we get the facts straight!
Below, we’ve compiled every myth we could find about biological detergents, some of which you’re already familiar with. The sources of our information all range from independent studies to health publications:
Back when biological detergents were first introduced, they lacked research and experimentation. Proteolytic Enzymes, or enzymes that break down protein, did often cause irritations to sensitive skin. However, researchers found that encapsulating the enzymes solved the problem.
Modern biological washing powder now contains these encapsulated enzymes. And they deal with stains better than any non-bio detergent while being skin-friendly, too!
The suggestion that enzymes cause adverse skin reactions is unique to the UK, which is why they label their products as bio and non-bio.
Again, this is another horrible myth. Biological washing powders are in no way bad for your baby’s skin. Astudy on the effects of bio and non-bio detergents on baby clothes was conducted in the US. It revealed that enzyme-containing detergents DID NOT cause rashes or skin irritations.
Babies, especially newborns, have an underdeveloped skin layer. This means that rashes or itchiness should be something for parents to expect during the first few months or years. Below are some skin conditions that may appear on your little one that generally shouldn’t cause you worry:
According to research published in the British Journal of Dermatology, bio detergents didn’t cause diaper rashes.
Non-bio detergents can be just as or even more damaging to sensitive skin than biological washing powders. This is because the ingredients you should be looking out for aren’t ‘enzymes’. These stain-busters aren’t the culprit.
The real harsh ingredients are fragrances, optical whiteners, and bleach. We’ll cover more about these ingredients in the last section.
Tide Detergents have been found to contain high levels of 1,4-dioxane, a known carcinogen to humans.
What many people fail to understand is that all types of detergent can contain skin-irritating ingredients. And contrary to what most people believe, these irritants are not enzymes.
The real causes if skin irritations are less obvious and more sinister than you think. Some of them are the following:
Optical Whiteners – These chemicals make your clothes appear brighter and whiter, but they do not offer any cleaning benefits at all. Moreover, optical whiteners may contain Benzene or sulfonic acid groups. Both are extremely toxic to humans.
Recommended Reading: THE BAD THAT’S INSIDE OUR WASHING DETERGENT
“There are 82 confirmed allergenic fragrances being used in commercial products today.”
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