DETERGENTS AND BAD WASHING MACHINES
by Lawrence Wilson
© February 2021, LD Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is solely the opinion of the author and for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
There exists a serious and worsening poisoning problem in many nations on earth. It is actually a combination of two problems:
1. Toxicity of ALL detergents. Most of this article is about other soap to use instead of detergents.
2. Faulty newer washing machines that do not wash the detergents out of the clothes well enough. The new machines either do not have an agitator (large pole-like structure in the middle of the basin) or it only moves slowly.
The ruination of the washing machines has been mandated by the American and perhaps other governments, supposedly in the name of saving water. But it is much more than this. The machines don’t agitate the clothing enough to wash out the detergents!
We believe this combination – detergent toxicity and bad washers - is a deliberate attempt to poison everyone. The detergents poison the liver. Some people are noticing small spots that are broken blood vessels in or under their skin (petechia). We think there are other symptoms, including poorer overall health and lower energy.
While plain soap is a safe product that breaks down quickly and does not build up in the body, the same is not true of detergents. So far, they all contain poisons that accumulate in the liver and elsewhere in the body.
In our experience so far, the“All-natural” and “Plain and Fragrance-free” cleaners and detergents are just as toxic as the standard detergents sold in supermarkets. This serious environmental problem is not well known.
Recommendations. At this time, we suggest:
For laundry: Extreme 18X by Naturoli. It is made of soap nuts, a natural soap product. You can use a castile soap, but right now we prefer the Extreme 18X.
An alternative is to make your own laundry soap. Here is a recipe from one of our clients:
150 gr baking soda
150 gr crystal soda (or soda crystals)
100gr grated soap (I use hand-made Aleppo soap, but any block of soap will work)
Beware, crystal soda or soda crystals is Na2CO3, it is not the same as baking soda, which is NaHCO3 and you can't just replace it with that. You can get both types in most supermarkets here (in Europe), surely they have the same in the USA (I’m not sure.)
Just mix it up in a bowl and use 2 tablespoons per wash. I tend to boil some water and mix the 2 spoons of powder in a cup of boiling water and then throw it in on top of the washing. If you throw the powder directly on the clothes it can cause some white stains on darker items.
Also, if your washing is smelly, you can also add some white vinegar to the wash load, it removes any smells.
For dishes: We suggest Bon Ami. You can also use castile soap or Extreme 18X, but Bon Ami does not leave a film and keeps the sink the cleanest, in our experience.
For the body: We prefer Grandpa’s Pine Tar Soap or Alafia Black African soap. Other mild natural soaps are okay.
For general cleaning: Bon Ami and Extreme 18X are excellent. Any plain soap is probably okay. On hard floors, we suggest using a steam mop. You can spray a little soap with it, but it is not usually needed.
AVOID Calben brand products that advertise they are natural, but in our view something is not right about them.
The Environmental Working Group reviews detergents and rates them. However, we don’t agree with their ratings.
WHAT IS IN DETERGENTS?
Chemicals that are problematic include surfactants, stabilizers, foaming agents, fragrances, phosphates, and others. They include coconut products that are naturally derived substances. However, they are altered to produce the common surfactants that are found in all detergents. This is when they become toxic chemicals.
These chemicals build up in the soil and in water supplies. From there they find their way onto our crops and into the entire food supply. They also contaminate all the oceans of the earth today, and therefore affect all marine life on the planet.
To compound the detergent toxicity problem, some chemicals are not listed on detergent labels. For this reason, consumers have no way to know about them.
II. THE FAULTY NEWER WASHING MACHINES
What to do?
1. Write to your senators and Congressmen about the washing machine problem and insist that the regulations be removed.
2. Get an older washing machine – more than about 7 or 8 years old. Make sure the washer:
- Has an agitator. This is the large structure sticking upward in the middle of the washer basin.
- That the agitator moves vigorously, and does not just swish the clothing around gently. If it just moves slowly, send it back.
- That the top does not lock if it is a top loader. If it locks, you can’t open it up and see if the agitator is really doing its job correctly. So get one that the top does not lock.
The washing machine sales people will say that the old washing machines ruined your clothing. Maybe a little, but they also cleaned the clothing, unlike the new ones.
This is an excellent cleaning chemical and disinfectant at 3% strength. You can use it anywhere safely. Some people add it to their laundry, for example.
An interesting use for peroxide is to spray it on the dashboard and upholstery of your car and it will get rid of odors and dirt.
BEWARE - when concentrated (35%), hydrogen peroxide is very corrosive and burns your skin and everything else. So if you buy the concentrated peroxide, you must dilute it properly.
BAKING SODA AND WHITE VINEGAR — TWO POWERFUL MULTIUSE CLEANING AGENTS
In preparation for the Statue of Liberty's 100th anniversary in 1986, 99 years' worth of coal tar had to be removed from its inner copper walls, without causing damage. Baking soda — more than 100 tons — was the cleaner of choice,28 so there's a good chance it can remove dirt and grime around your home too. Here are a few examples of how it can be used:
Š Nonscratch scrub for metals and porcelain.
Š Nontoxic oven cleaner — Sprinkle 1 cup or more of baking soda over the bottom of the oven, then cover the baking soda with enough water to make a thick paste. Let the mixture set overnight. The next morning, the grease will be easy to wipe off. When you have cleaned up the worst of the mess, dab a bit of liquid detergent or soap on a sponge and wash the remaining residue from the oven.
Š Drain cleaner — To unclog a drain, pour one-half to 1 cup of baking soda down the drain, then slowly pour one-half to 1 cup of vinegar in after it. Cover the drain and let sit for 15 minutes. If it bubbles like a volcano, it means it's working as planned. Flush with a gallon of boiling water. You can also use some 35% hydrogen peroxide in a clogged or smelly sink.
Š Carpet deodorizer — Liberally sprinkle baking soda over the carpet. Wait at least 15 minutes, then vacuum thoroughly.
Distilled white vinegar is another cleaning staple that has a long history of use. Depending on your age, you may recall your grandmother washing windows with a mixture of white vinegar and water. Indeed, it makes for a great window cleaner, but it also has disinfectant properties, with research showing white vinegar is useful for disinfection against Escherichia coli (E. coli), provided it's a freshly prepared solution of at least 50 percent vinegar.29
For disinfecting purposes, one study found spraying vinegar, followed by hydrogen peroxide, was effective for killing a variety of bacteria, including E. coli, Listeria and Salmonella.30 You can also spray white vinegar onto a dusting of baking soda to clean your tubs and tile floors.
A vinegar and water mixture makes a great all-purpose countertop cleaner as well, but for stone counters, use rubbing alcohol or vodka with water instead, as the acidity of the vinegar may harm surfaces such as marble and granite. For heavier-duty cleaning, like mildew on your bathroom grout, spray vinegar straight onto the area, let set for 30 minutes, then scrub with a sponge and warm water.
15 Ways to Clean With Lemons
Lemons, both the juice and peel, can be used throughout your home for cleaning and deodorizing. For example, you can use them to clean and freshen your:
Garbage disposal — Freeze lemon slices and vinegar in ice cube trays. Place a few frozen cubes down your disposal for cleaning and freshening. Alternatively, simply run some lemon peel through your disposal.
Refrigerator — Soak a sponge in lemon juice and let it set in your fridge for a few hours; it works better than baking soda to remove odors.
Room freshener — Simmer a pot of water with lemon peels, cloves and cinnamon sticks on your stove.
Humidifier — Add lemon juice to the water in your humidifier, then let the machine run for deodorizing.
Fireplace — Dried citrus peels can act as kindling in your fireplace, adding a wonderful smell and acting as a flame starter. Simply set the peels out to dry for a few days before using.
Trash cans — A few lemon peels added to your garbage can will help with odors.
Cutting boards — Sprinkle coarse salt on your cutting board then rub with a cut lemon to freshen and remove grease. This trick also works for wooden salad bowls and rolling pins.
Coffee maker — Run a cycle with plain water, then add a mixture of lemon juice and water to the water tank. Let it sit for several minutes, then run the cycle through. Repeat this process once more, then run another plain water cycle (you'll want to wash the coffee pot and filter afterward to remove any lemon taste).
Furniture polish — Combine lemon juice and olive or jojoba oil to make a homemade furniture polish. Simply buff with a cloth.
Hardwood floors — Combine lemon and vinegar for a grime-fighting nontoxic floor cleaner.
Cat box — Place lemon slices in a bowl near your cat box to help freshen the air.
Windows — Lemon juice cuts through grease and grime on windows and glass. Try combining it with one-fourth cup white vinegar, 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and 2 cups of warm water31 for a phenomenal window cleaner.
All-purpose cleaner — Combine water, baking soda, vinegar, and lemon juice for a wonderful kitchen or bathroom cleaner.
Hands — Add lemon juice while washing your hands with soap to help remove stubborn odors like garlic.
This article will be updated with new product recommendations as we find them.