Are Conventional Detergents Safe?

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As much as 60% of what you put on your skin can be absorbed into your bloodstream

Various sources have noted that chemicals put on the skin can get through that dermal barrier and into your bloodstream. So, is it possible for your really “nice smelling” laundry detergent to affect your health? The CDC has issued a warning for skin exposure for various industries and products that may create a risk for trans-dermal penetration of chemicals. 

Ask Questions & Question Everything!

Do you know anyone who has a sensitivity to certain types of laundry care products? Ever wonder why something so simple, like laundry detergent or fabric softener, can cause so many people (especially children) to have allergic reactions?

There’s a hidden truth you need to know about laundry chemicals.  Since up to 60% of what you put on your skin will get absorbed into your bloodstream, it is extremely probable some of your favorite conventional laundry slime can leach in as well.

Let’s uncover how…

The Slimy Non-Rinsable Truth

Conventional laundry goop is actually designed to leave a film on your garments. On purpose!

The manufacturers have convinced us to think:

If suds are not blowing the door off of your washer, then clearly your clothes can’t get clean, right?



There are three main reasons why laundry product manufacturers design products to leave chemicals on your body.

#1 No Slime = No Spring Fresh Funk

Whether you realize it or not, you have become addicted to toxic perfumes in your home products. The majority of people gauge how clean their laundry is by how “good” it smells. That chemical bouquet in your laundry detergent is designed to trick your mind into thinking your laundry is clean through your nose.

Most of the perfumes and fragrances that are used are water-soluble. Which means they should rinse away if added to natural soap. So these fragrances need a carrier (AKA “surfactant slime”). That in turn leaves a perfumed sheen on your garments. YUCK!

#2  Brighter Brights & Whiter Whites Guaranteed

This toxic optical illusion is not a new scheme. Years ago the concept of “bluing” became very popular. Adding blue dye to the wash served to diminish yellow light. That then gives the illusion the yellow tinge of your clothes, caused by dirt buildup, has been cleaned away.

The reason why most mainstream laundry detergent is blue or green is that it has been designed to leave behind a bluish film on your clothes. This haze tricks your eyes into believing your clothes are brighter than usual because blue is in the color spectrum that we recognize as brightness.

Even the very popular oxygen boosting products add these toxins in the form of little blue beads to fulfill their brand promise.

#3 That Oh-So-Soft Static-Free Towel

Your towels don’t get that slick-so-soft feel by accident!

It’s actually a toxic concoction of synthesized ingredients. Chemicals such as:

  • Chloroform
  • Camphor
  • A-Terpineol
  • Dimethicone
  • Dioxanes
  • and, sadly, so much more

These “softeners” are not as gentle as their marketing mascots and messages would have you believe.

Free will is an amazing gift!

Whether your clothes are “clean n’ fresh” or not is irrelevant. Are you willing to use great-smelling, super-bright, oh-so-soft laundry slime knowing these chemicals are being put on the backs of your family?

You owe it to yourself, and your family, to know what’s in the products that you are

putting on your bodies.

Our desire, our why for sharing this information, is to create change. We want to change the way that people think about laundry products. We also have an eco-friendly mission and want to change how people interact with packaging.

Join the Refillable Laundry Revolution today!  Free your family once and for all from all the toxic goop in your laundry room.



1 – CDC – Skin exposures and effects
2 – Is laundry detergent causing your child’s skin rash?
3 – The role of skin absorption as a route of exposure for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in drinking water
4 – Why optical brightening chemicals are not needed in laundry detergents
5 – Optical brighteners – the dangers of “blueing”
6 – Fabric softeners contain toxic chemicals



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  1. At first, I thought this was a fear mongering “marketing” post and I did not like you much. Then I started clicking the links above to your research and started doing my own.

    Now I am pissed that you are telling the truth.

    Not sure If I should start making my soaps or just by yours. It looks like you have pretty good reviews so I will probably get my first free month and see how it goes.

  2. Great insight provided. My sons will go into an itching frenzy unless I use an alternative or free & clear version. Also as a woman, I line my undergarments because I find that my detergent is irritating. That’s crazy have to protect myself from my clean clothes, almost laughable.

  3. Not surprised at all given what I know. The mother of an acquaintance works in a lab analyzing products, and in her opinion based on the lab work they’ve don, the wrinkle free ‘sheets’ you put in the dryer are the most toxic product in the household.

    So bless you Green Fills for being forceful and clear about these chemicals, you have done your research! Many knowledgable health practitioners will tell you, anything you put on your skin is the same as putting it in your mouth! So if you can’t eat it, you don’t want it.

  4. Please update your link claiming that 60% of what is on your skin absorbs into your bloodstream…this is quite the claim and your current link goes to a blank page on “” and not a study. Beyond this, I mean you must have some kind of proof that there is any level of skin absorption from what is minimally left on your clothes from using detergent. Have there been any skin absorption studies of these chemicals at such low concentrations? I really don’t think this is even plausible let alone ‘extremely probable’…if you’re going to make a claim you need to have some evidence to back it up.

      1. Thank you for your response and update to the wording, the broken link is still there though it doesn’t seem to link to any article. I’d also like to point out the CDC warning is for occupational-related exposures such as those working in industries which handle large quantities of high concentration chemicals, and the dermal exposure is typically from situations like spills, improper use of gloves, exposure to aerosols etc. and it gives examples of things like organic solvents and pesticides which are very dangerous – these workers are very much so at risk. I don’t think this relates to laundry detergents at all…residues from laundry detergents may aggravate conditions like dermatitis and sensitive skin but to say that it’s likely they are entering the bloodstream and poisoning us is a big stretch. If I were rallying for a product such as this I probably would focus on the environmental impact of such unnecessary detergent ingredients entering our water system after the wash and what effects it has instead. The concept that there are no additives or residues is great and the re-fillable jugs are too, this is why I purchased it. This blog post irked me though…

  5. Thank you for making these products available to everyone. I appreciate and enjoy the products and the whole concept. God bless you exceeding abundantly.

  6. Very poor – BAD picture to use. No one should even suggest a child in the washer… whether photoshopped or not. If really a true pic, the idea was instilled in the child’s mind… safety??? Sorry, but this is my first time receiving your blog, and this isn’t a good way to get my attention.

  7. I have been using My Green Fills laundry products for 3 months and am very pleased with how clean my cloths are. I happened to have a night shirt in my closet that I had not worn or washed since using your products. When I put that shirt on my skin started burning and itching after about 10 minutes. When I took the shirt off I had a bad rash and am still trying to get it cleared up after 2 weeks. I did notice the residue the detergent from the stores left on my clothes. I kept changing detergents hoping for better results. Now that residue is gone after using your products. Thank you!

  8. I’ve been using your detergent, rinse and stain stick since the beginning of July. It works just as well as other more natural detergents I have tried, with no side effects. After using unscented products for years, We appreciate the natural scent — no scent-triggered headaches! I also welcome the slimmed down packaging which reduces plastic and shipping costs, and allows me to use my own filtered water. My only nit to pick with the above post is that you don’t link to a specific source for the “up to 60% of chemicals in contact with skin are absorbed” claim. (Medicine/hormone patches make this believable.) You have good intentions, so it would help your credibility if you could do so. Also, why aren’t you using gloves with that nasty blue detergent? (The guy viewers are mostly shrugging, but we women are cringing.) 😀 Thank you for offering your products.

  9. True Story… After a friend endured cancer, she shared that her oncologist was driving an initiative to drastically reduce exposure environmental toxins, starting with those that leach through the skin. After working an evening at a fund raiser and hearing her story, I went home and cleaned out my cleaning supply closet, even several I thought were “green.”I continued to change other items like shampoo, soaps, creams, etc.I paid very close attention to sneaky toxins all around. Long story-short; I had been on hypo-thyroid medication for 14 years, as well as menopause hormones. Over about a years time, I started to have “hyper” thyroid symptoms and a lot of anxiety. At first, my blood pressure was increasing, my resting heart rate was high. My doctor wanted to put me on more medication to counter act that. When I started connecting the dots, my thyroid was healing, duh. With supervision of my physician, I went off it all. 9 weeks later, my thyroid tested fine, my blood pressure was back to normal, anxiety waned and I’m sleeping again. At 58 I have energy again and I still like a glass of wine 🙂

  10. !!! SYNTHETIC FRAGRANCE in laundry detergent ! The Signature scent in laundry detergent is not exactly blend of essential oils. There is synthetic fragrance mixed in it or there are no essential oils at all. There is no way that essential oils are overpowering, lasting on your clothes for days even stay on clothes after washing same clothes that you washed in Truly Free detergent and then washing them in different non toxic detergent. These are the signs of synthetic fragrance and synthetic fragrance is what ?? -TOXIC !! . This is just another company with false advertising on some of their products. I’m not saying that all of Truly Free products have synthetic ingredients, but laundry detergent definitely has synthetic toxic fragrance.

    1. Hi Rob,
      Thanks for sharing your input on our laundry wash! You’re absolutely right– normal essential oils are not that great at providing a scent that lasts. Here at Truly Free, we worked tirelessly with the best chemists in the industry to scent our clothes with premium, high-quality, 100% non-toxic essential oils that REALLY work to have that long-lasting effect without any of the toxicity. In fact, this product does not contain ANY toxic or synthetic fragrances at all! Here is a list of what IS in our Truly Free Signature Scent Laundry Wash:
      -Sodium Citrate (mineral based water conditioner)
      -TetraSodium Salt (hard water softener)
      -Sodium Carbonate (alkalizing salt)
      -Sodium Polyacrylate (eco-friendly soil anti-redeposition agent)
      -Signature Scent Blend of Essential Oils (Including; Lavandin Grosso, Lime Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Fir Needle Oil, Clove Leaf Oil)
      -AecoSoft (non-ionic surfactant from sunflower)
      -Sodium Cocoate (plant based surfactant)
      -Precipitated Silica
      -Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate (organic salt)
      and… LOTS OF LOVE!

      Our hope is that understanding our essential oils are of the highest quality & potency possible helps clarify why your clothes retained their heavenly smell for such a long period of time! There truly are no toxic chemicals or synthetic fragrances used in our products ♥️

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