A new process and surfactant additive for laundry detergent chemicals, invented in 1951, was thought to be a miraculous breakthrough…till recently.
Three usual types of surfactant exist in detergents – anionic, cationic and non-ionic.
1. Anionic surfactant, found in laundry detergents, may include ALKYL BENZENE.
2. Cationic surfactant, likely have ALKYL AMMONIUM CHLORIDES.
3. Non-ionic surfactant, typical in laundry detergents, often include POLYETHYLENE ETHOXYLATES.
1. Department of Health and Human Services classifies ALKYL BENZENE as a known human carcinogen.
2. Alkyl ammonium chlorides are mutagenic for mammalian somatic cells (https://www.sciencelab.com/msds.php?msdsId=9923038).
3. Nonylphenol Ethoxylate (NPE): A petrochemical surfactant, is found in many U.S. laundry detergents. This chemical has been banned in Europe and Canada in detergents. Additionally view polyethylene ethoxylate MSDS: https://www.spectrumchemical.com/MSDS/T3123.PDF
We worry about the millions of people who sleep on linens and may be regularly breathing detergent dust nightly.
What is a feedstock and why is it important to detergent surfactant?
Feedstock can be a plant constituent, used to make surfactant. Both crude oil and varied vegetable oils originate in nature, making all feedstocks technically “natural.” Perhaps this is why detergent manufactures claim that their product is plant-based,
However, a feedstock used to make a surfactant results in an inorganic “SYNTHETIC” product. It is the result from complex processes, distillation, fractionation and hydrogenation.
To make laundry detergent surfactant, start by mixing caustic acid and feedstock (perhaps coconut), and then it’s boiled at extreme temperature to remove the water content. Then transfer the formula to a secondary tank and mix in highly poisonous and a corrosive chemicals to further extract any water content. Finally they perform the congeal process. This cools the product by using perhaps hydrochloric acid, hydrobromic acid or sulfuric acid.
After cooling with an acid spray of choice, the surfactant is distributed to U.S. manufactures and neighboring countries.
The manufacturing of surfactant exhausts billows of smokestack pollution into earths atmosphere, not to mention that detergents are drained into the World ground waters on a excessive basis, by the billions of gallons per day.
In addition, when people perspire, their moisture can activate chemical dust in their clothing and emit fumes that may cause skin allergies, depression, joint pain, cancer and more.