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Biological Washing Powder vs Non-Biological Washing Powder: Which is Best?

Biological Washing Powder vs Non-Biological Washing Powder: Which is Best?

A Closer Look at Our Everyday Detergents

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?


Bio and Non-Bio Detergents: What’s the Difference?

The biggest difference between biological and non-biological detergents is the presence of enzymes.

biological powder 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 lipasecellulase,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.


The common misconceptions about biological detergents

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:


Myth 1: They cause skin irritations.

enzymes dont cause skin irritations

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.


Myth 2: They’re bad for washing babies’ clothing.

biological powders safe for baby clothes

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.


Myth 3: Biological washing powder is bad for sensitive skin.

biological powders safe for sensitive skins

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 fragrancesoptical 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’s really causing the itch, then?

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:

fragrances cause irritation

Fragrances
Over a hundred known allergenic ingredients are being disguised asfragrances in commercial products. And worst of all, companies are not required to disclose fragrance components.

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.

“There are 82 confirmed allergenic fragrances being used in commercial products today.”

Source: www.actionagainstallergy.org

woman doing laundry with baby

The Bad That’s Inside our Washing Detergent

The Bad That’s Inside our Washing Detergent

The Dangers of Commercial Detergents

According to environmental experts, the average American household contains 62 toxic chemicals. Ironically, most of them are in our everyday cleaning products. Study shows that harsh chemical ingredients found in commercial detergents can cause illnesses. Some of these illnesses are neurotoxicity, asthma, hormonal imbalance, cancer, and more.

According to the US Poison Control, the use of cleaning products account for 10 percent of all toxic exposures. While most of these chemicals are identifiable, we can’t know for sure if our products are safe or not. That’s because manufacturers are NOT required to list all their ingredients on the label.

So, what dangerous chemicals are inside our everyday laundry detergents?


Formaldehyde

While mostly known as an embalming agent, Formaldehyde is also used in cleaning products.

Cancer.gov found that formaldehyde can cause nasal cancer in rats. Additionally, the same source also states that overexposure to the chemical makes it a probable carcinogen to humans. 

Moreover, formaldehyde exposure is also linked to acute myeloid leukemia — a type of blood cancer.

Quick facts about acute myeloid leukemia, or AML, taken from Cancer.net:

  1. AML kills roughly 20,000 people every year in the US.
  2. The death rate five years after the cancer is found is 74%.

The best way to know if your detergents contain formaldehyde is to check the label. Manufacturers will try to cloak this chemical by using its other names so as not to discourage buyers. Listed below are the other names of formaldehyde and chemicals with similar attributes:

  • Formalin
  • Methanal
  • Oxymethyline
  • Methylaldehyde

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has now classified Formaldehyde as carcinogenic.


Phosphates

Phosphates are a common ingredient in many detergents. In large quantities, they cause an imbalance in the natural aging process of bodies of water, a process called Eutrophication.

The most common type of phosphate found in detergent powders is sodium tripolyphosphate. In excessive amounts, phosphates in waterways will encourage a wild growth of aquatic plants. This chokes up the water, causing the death of aquatic life due to the decreased levels of oxygen.

Normal levels of phosphates are not harmful to people and animals. However, they do have consequential effects on man and the environment in large quantities.


Zeolite

Most commercial detergents also contain Zeolite, a natural mineral similar to asbestos. They are commonly found in their less harmful, solid form. However, cellular zeolite dust and its constituents can be carcinogenic. The inhalation of fibrous zeolite is linked to mesothelioma – a cancer of the mesothelial tissue, the protective layer of our lungs.

One way to know if your laundry detergent contains zeolite is if you’re experiencing itchiness. Many people don’t know that this irritation is a reaction from unhealthy zeolite exposure. Read the ingredients on the package before buying.

Mineral buildup is also known to happen from constant use of zeolite-containing detergents. Moreover, some people claim that they notice a slight ‘greying’ in clothes washed in zeolite.


Optical Whiteners

Another toxic ingredient often used in detergents are Optical Whiteners. They can go by other names: optical brightening agents (OBAs), fluorescent whitening agents (FWAs), organic fluorescent dyes, and more.

Although they make your clothes appear whiter, they don’t necessarily clean better. They’re also slightly toxic to humans and aren’t readily biodegradable. As a result, they damage our environment and cause harm to marine species.

To find out for sure if you’re laundry detergent has optical brighteners, use a small amount to wash any piece of clothing. Next, place the washed cloth under a UV light. If the material glows, it means optical whiteners is one of the ingredients in your detergent.


Artificial Fragrances

Many man-made fragrances found in washing detergents have been linked to birth defects, cancer, damage to the nervous system, and allergies. This is because most fragrances arepetrochemicals: compounds derived from petroleum. We don’t know they’re bad for us because manufacturers simply place “fragrance” as an ingredient.

Some harmful ingredients being used as fragrances are benzene, toluene, xylenes, and methanol. Phthalates are also commonly used in commercial fragrances. An experimental research on lab rats show significant proof that phthalates are carcinogenic.

The European Union has banned the use of phthalates in children’s toys due to possible health risks.


Fabric Softeners

Aside from containing artificial fragrances, fabric softeners also include an array of other harmful chemicals.  The exact ingredients used in fabric softeners aren’t made public by manufacturers. This is because much of what is inside these products are toxic to mankind and the planet.

Chloroform is one of the ingredients in most commercial softeners, which is a known carcinogen. Other manufacturers may also use ethanol and ethyl acetate, both labeled a “hazardous waste” by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The use of fabric softeners pollutes our oceans, harming marine ecology, and poisoning the fish we eat. Another disadvantage is that these chemicals find their way into our water supply. This further exposes us to toxins through our drinking waters.


Stop Using Commercial Detergents!

Our skin is exceptionally permeable. Therefore, anything that comes in contact with our skin seeps into our bloodstream!

If we want to provide a safer environment for our family, we should look for ‘greener’, more natural alternatives for cleaning our clothes and homes. It’s our job to make wise buying decisions and protect ourselves, others, and the earth we live in.

Let’s do our part and keep our homes free of toxic chemicals. Switch from commercial detergents to natural cleaning products today.

how to wash sanitary cloth pads correctly

How to wash Sanitary Cloth Pads correctly

How to Wash your Menstrual Cloth Pads Correctly


To keep your menstrual cloth pads in top condition, it is vital that you wash them correctly. This way you will save lots of money and nature also.

Washing your cloth pads correctly will cause you to experience the highest suction ability of the natural fibers. This will also lead to savings when the cloth menstrual pads that you have purchased will last longer. You will want to use these pads more over the chemically loaded disposable alternatives.

Menstrual Cloth Pads should be washed once before first use, but it isn’t mandatory.

Now is an excellent time to check your washing powder. Does your washing agent have zeolite, soap over 5%, bleach, fabric softeners or perfumes?

Cloth Pads will eventually lose their suction ability if washing agent contains any of the above.

If you don’t have right kind of washing powder, it is still advisable to wash them before first use. Because this will remove all the dust from the menstrual cloth pads. You can just wash them without using any washing agent (powder/liquid) at all

When it is time to change the cloth pad or just remove it from your underwear. Rinse it with cold water immediately. Rinse it thoroughly, if you are at home, place it to dry so that you can machine wash them later.

While rinsing you can use soap, but remember that 5% rule above? So that soap should not have more soap than 5% or as little as you can find. Small amounts of soap will dilute to the water when machine washing.

Foam the gall soap to the cloth pad by rubbing the soap by hand

I would recommend Gall Soap. Gall Soap is a perfect natural stain remover, and perfect for cloth pads! Unfortunately, it is not vegan, but there aren’t anything like that on vegan alternatives. Gall Soap also works for wool and silk, and it will remove even the toughest stains. Gall Soap will remove ink, mud, blood, grease and oil from white and other textiles that won’t bleed its colour. There isn’t anything quite like it! You could also use white vinegar, it removes stains and softens the fibres also.


Machine Washing your Sanitary Cloth Pads

So as I mentioned about the correct type of washing powder above, it is important that there is not any of these:

-Soap, less than 5%
-Zeolite
-Bleach
-Fabric softeners

There will be some soap in all of the washing agent, but try to find one that has less than 5% of soap in it. When you are in doubt you can use the Caring Panda’s Washing Powder.


Use Gall Soap for
Pre-Treatment of Stains


The only soap that I would recommend is gall soap.

Wet the pad rub the soap to the stain, you will need only little of gall soap.
Then rub the stain with a pinch of warm water. Now the pre-treatment is done.

Pre-wash Menstrual Cloth Pads only with Gall Soap

Place all of your cloth menstrual pads inside the washing machine, and you can use a wash bag, but it is not necessary. You can wash other similar colours at the same time. Just the same regular clothes that you use every day. To be sure that the blood is loose inside the pads, rinse the pads with cold water right after use. Rinsing the pads right after use prevents the blood from sticking to other textiles.

Wash your clothes with the Period pads in the washing machine

Do not use Fabric softeners!

If you feel that your pads could use fabric softener, then you can use 1/2cup of white vinegar instead of that chemically-loaded version of fabric softeners. You can also add essential oils to the vinegar if you feel like it. Some people get skin irritation from essential oils so better try on a small batch of white vinegar first. I’ve  added a video below, from youtube. Perhaps a smaller jug is more convenient?

Did you know that white vinegar also cleans your washing machine from limescale deposits from hard water?


Drying your Menstrual Cloth Pads

When your machine has finished the washing of your pads, you shouldn’t tumble-dry them.

Tumble drying destroys slowly the blood-proof PUL-layer of the menstrual cloth pads.

Don't use tumble dryer with Sanitary Cloth Pads

Drying is best done by hanging these outside, line drying is the best option.

If there are any stains left, try to face those stains towards the sun. Sun is efficient in fading those stubborn stains.

When they are completely dry, you can fold them into nice squares, so that you can take them with you quickly.

The square-folding method is also a great way to store these neatly between cycles.

Line dry pads, stains facing sun. Fold into squares for storage.

Most important is the correct washing powder for your cloth pads.

  • NO zeolite, bleach, perfume or fabric softener
  • LESS than 5% of soap in the washing agent
  • Safe temperatures for washing 40°C – 60°C OR 90°F – 130°F
  • Use sun’s rays to remove stubborn stains if Gall Soap doesn’t remove them.

Selecting the correct washing powder will also protect your regular laundry and even the washing machine.


Avoid These when washing Menstrual Cloth Pads

Zeolite

  • Zeolite will clog the suctionable fibres inside the sanitary towel. This stone-powder will cause all textiles to wear out like if they were in a constant stone wash.
  • Zeolite will ruin your machine by gathering around the inside of the machine. Clay-like paste covers the heating element, which will lead to overheating the element and finally destroying it.
  • Residues from zeolite and fabric softeners are also responsible for the bad smell that sometimes invades the washing machine.
  • Traces of zeolite will turn your black textiles into grey after multiple washes.
    Zeolite residues cause skin irritation for many people; they just don’t often realise the origin of it.
  • Zeolite dust will float in the air, you can see this and think it is only textile-dust, but most of it is from the zeolite. Hard water is softened with zeolite powder. That is the only reason for the usage of zeolites.

Use Caring Panda’s Washing Powder; it has 0% Zeolite

Soap

  • Soap (over 5%)  clogs the fibers of the menstrual pads. In over 5% concentration it will not rinse completely from the fibres of the cloth sanitary pads. 
  • Soap is used to reduce the surface tension of the water and help the water penetrate thru fibers. But under 5% is more than enough to break the surface tension of water.
  • So be sure to select laundry detergent that has less than 5% soap in it.
  • HIGHER THAN 5% OF SOAP CLOGS THE SUSTAINABLE FIBERS!

Bleach


Bleach will ruin the PUL (PolyUrethaneLayer) that is responsible for the waterproofness of the outer layer in these menstrual cloth pads. Bleach may also leave a trace of chemicals that you wouldn’t want to have next to your skin.

Fabric Softener


Fabric softeners cause the fibers inside of the menstrual cloth pads to clog, again the chemicals might not be good for you and might cause some itching for those with sensitive skin.

Perfumes


Perfumes are also chemicals that are designed to cling into the fibers, so they most likely will cause the menstrual cloth pads to lose suction power after a while, these also cause some people skin irritation or asthma attacks.

Non-Bio


Avoid Non-Bio detergents since these detergents are harsh to you, as they don’t include natural enzymes to break protein and starch found in food and blood stains.

Caring Panda’s Powder has two different enzymes that are both found inside your mouth and stomach, to break protein and starch.

Our laundry powder is the best solution for menstrual cloth pads and regular laundry too. Caring Panda’s powder is the best choice since those enzymes will break blood and stains inside your menstrual cloth pads and on your daily laundry, to make deep-clean results.


Look for these in Washing Powder

Use Bio-Powder


Use bio-powder, as this is the most environment-friendly laundry detergent. Bio is also the most skin-friendly laundry detergent to be found.

Bio comes from biological, and in short, means that instead of optic-brighteners and chemical toxins, there are enzymes that make those clothes deep-clean. Our powder uses Amylase and Protease to deep-clean your laundry. These are used in a bread-baking industry to break proteins and starch, so they are totally safe. You can read more about the controversy between non-bio vs. bio.

Soap under 5%


Soap under 5% because you don’t need soap as much when you use the natural enzymes found in the mouth and stomach of humans. Also when there is a low concentration of soap, it will most likely be washed away at the rinsing cycle of your washing machine.

Excessive Phosphates Destroys sealife

Use phosphate-free powder


Phosphate-free is good for the environment. Even though the wastewater treatment plant can filter 99% of phosphates from water, even that 1% is a huge amount on the worldwide scale.

Do you really need Germ-killing detergents?

DO YOU REALLY NEED GERM KILLING DETERGENTS


Do we Really Need Antibacterial Soap?

Today morning I browsed Amazon like I often do on weekends. What I found was a real shock.
I found countless antibacterial sanitizers and wipes.

I was asking myself: Are we really this stupid? As you may have known, we live in the northern Europe, and the antibacterial stuff hasn’t really been popular here. So I was quite surprised to find so many germ-killing detergents sold on Amazon.

After a while, I became sickened when I watched a video on one of the product pages. There were this child and his mother washing the laundry, and the mother said that it is nice to use an antibacterial laundry cleanser that kills 99.98% of all bacteria. You can see the video embedded above to this text.

What about those chemical residues that can be transferred to your, or your children from the textiles, after being washed? That would be my primary concern, not some natural germs.

Some people are really reckless (and companies), to use these kinds of products… Have you ever thought that what happens to the 0.02% of those bacteria? Well, they multiply easily when there is no competition from other germs. How can you know if that 0.02% of bacteria that survived aren’t dangerous? You can’t! And now by using these germ-killing bacteria, you have given them a place and space to thrive. Other germs would have stood their ground and helped to keep the balance.


Creation of Super-bacteria by US

Do you know where the super-bacteria (or super-germs) have come to this world? You might have guessed by now. By using these anti-bacterial products, you involuntarily speed up and change the course of evolution. Because nature finds a way. Every germ, good or bad, want’s to live, and so there will be that one or two germs that won’t die no matter what.That’s the course of evolution, the fittest will survive.

But the life-cycle of bacteria is really short, so their evolutionary cycles are short in time also. That means, when we use antibacterial products, we actually help and support those bacteria that can stand against the chemicals. This is where those super-germs are created. Right inside your washing machine.

How hard it is to wash towels and linen in 60°C? Yes, the washing time increases and electricity consumption does too. But you don’t even have to wash those textiles in 60°C every time, every third time should be enough.

Wash your hands with a poison before you eat?

Then there are those hand soaps that kill everything else but you. Sounds intriguing, doesn’t it. To use something that poisonous to germs on your skin… Well instead of writing a boring essay, I’ll paste another video about the soaps that kill germs. And are they any good? Watch the video!

If you don’t have time, I can tell you that there are no evidence that germ-killing soap does any better job than the old-fashioned soap that you could make on your own.

In the end that chemical that you use to wash yourself and your laundry, will end up in the water system, from there to the fishes and on to your food plate. So if you like to eat those toxins, continue to use antibacterial-chemicals.

How to kill bacteria naturally?

What if you really want to kill every germ? How can you do that? The answer is in the old-fashioned tech: boil your stuff in water for five minutes or use a natural trick in the next video.

So what I’m trying to say, is that YOU DON’T NEED ANTIBACTERIAL-STUFF!!!

Later on, we will bring an environmentally safe, laundry powder, hand soap, washing machine cleaner, bleach and a special product for dirty cloth diapers and sanitary cloth pads.

Yours,
Andy

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