March 07 2015 0comment

Bubble Nut Wash & Health

Adverse health impact of conventional detergents is usually underplayed. While they make your clothes smell really fresh, conventional laundry detergents usually contain toxic elements that have adverse health impact. These chemicals are either in-haled by users during the drying cycle when volatile organic compounds are released or directly enter the bloodstream through the skin. Many of the chemicals continue to remain as residues on the clothes even after washing and continue to be in close contact with the skin.

It may be difficult to get a full list of ingredients for your detergent, however the main chemicals to avoid are Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS), Di-oxane, Nonylphenol Ethoxylate as they are linked to serious diseases such as cancer, kidney and liver damage, hormonal imbalances, sperm count reduction and disturbed metabolism.

Bubble Nut Wash was started out of the need to give chemical-free options to consumers so that we can keep those harmful chemicals at bay. Soapnuts used in Bubble Nut Wash come from trees growing wild in the Himalayas or in forests of peninsular India. By nature’s design, Bubble Nut Wash is free from SLS, dioxanes, phophates, bleach, artificial fragrance and artificial colours and is hypoallergenic. Many users have experienced improvement in their skin conditions of eczema and psoriasis after switching to soapnuts.

There are other ways to make create safe home-made laundry detergents too as described in the article.


Cristina is currently undertaking a Master’s in Media and International Development at the University of East Anglia. She holds a postgraduate degree in International Development from Pompeu Fabra University and a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Barcelona. She is a co-founder of sustainable development NGO Buscant Llavors and has worked in the environmental and development fields for five years.

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