stop now! This kind of laundry detergent is best used sparingly, and tell your family as soon as possible

Cleaning glass, washing clothes, and cleaning toilets all require the help of chemical cleaning supplies.

There is a lot of knowledge and confusion here:

I heard that some laundry detergents cause cancer?

Can sanitizer be used for laundry?

Will cleaning products harm my child’s body?

These issues you are concerned about are all covered in this article. After reading them carefully, you can improve the safety factor and cleaning efficiency of cleaning.

1. Is the 9.9 yuan laundry detergent sold in supermarkets safe?

Not necessarily. It mainly depends on whether the production is standardized.

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If you want to buy a reliable laundry detergent, you need to look at two points:

First of all, it is necessary to identify whether the brand is “Aosha (miao)”, “Liri (white)”, “j (super) energy”, “Bilang (wave)”, “Blue Moon” Shell (bright)” and other knockoffs. Then see if there is any valid information such as production address, production batch number, production date, and shelf life [1]. The handwriting should be clear and easy to identify. Try to buy in large supermarkets, the purchase channel is guaranteed.

2. Soap, laundry detergent, laundry detergent, which is better?

There is no good or bad.

Soap has good stain removal ability, low foam, easy rinsing, and less damage to hands and clothes. Hand wash small items and spot stains with soap.

The washing powder has strong alkalinity and good detergency, but it is irritating to the skin. It is suitable for machine-washing dirty, cotton, linen and chemical fiber fabrics , such as thick coats, curtains, sofa covers, etc. Silky hair is very squeamish, do not use laundry detergent.

A milder, easy-to-rinse liquid detergent is ideal for intimate clothing.

3. Do detergents and fabric softeners have formaldehyde, really?


Laundry products may contain methylisothiazolinone and DMDM ​​hydantoin, which are often used as preservatives but release formaldehyde.

It’s best to avoid washing products with these ingredients, and be sure to rinse your clothes when doing laundry.

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4. Baby laundry detergent does not contain carcinogenic ingredients, is it true?

Not necessarily.

Look at the instructions for possible carcinogenic ingredients. For example, cocamide DEA can increase foam, but it is easy to cause skin allergies and is also listed as a carcinogenic chemical [2].

Methylisothiazolinone, DMDM ​​hydantoin are common preservatives that release formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is classified as a carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) [3].

Better not even have brighteners, fragrances, etc.

To be on the safe side, no matter which product you choose, rinse it several times.

5. Is it better to pour as much laundry disinfectant as possible?


Many disinfectants are irritating and corrosiveVery strong, too much will irritate the respiratory tract, skin and mucous membranes. It is recommended to use it according to the manual.

6. Can I use 84 disinfectant to wash clothes?


84 disinfectant is highly corrosive and can easily corrode clothes; it also has a bleaching effect, which makes clothes fade.

If you must use it, you can mix the proportions according to the instructions and try it out in a small area first. If there is no corrosion or discoloration, continue to use.

Can 7.84 disinfectant be mixed with some water?


84 disinfectant should be diluted before use. The dilution concentration is usually marked on the bottle. Daily household disinfection generally uses 1:100, add 1 bottle of disinfectant, and add 99 bottles of water.

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8. 84 Disinfectant accidentally got on your hands, right?

Of course it gets in the way!

84 disinfectant is irritating and corrosive, and high concentrations will make the skin white, red, swollen, and blistered. If you accidentally get it on your hands, wash it off immediately with plenty of water or light soapy water, and then apply a moisturizer.

9. Is the “antibacterial” hand sanitizer better than ordinary ones?

Not necessarily.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) believes that there is no scientific evidence that antibacterial hand sanitizers are more effective than regular hand sanitizers.

FDA also issued a ban in 2016, requiring that antibacterial cleaning products containing specific active ingredients (antibacterial soap, antibacterial hand sanitizer, antibacterial laundry detergent, etc.) should not continue to be sold [4] .

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10. What kind of disinfectant is effective and safe to disinfect children’s belongings?

Choose medium and low-efficiency disinfectants, such as Lysol water, disinfectant alcohol, etc.[5].

If there are patients with infectious diseases at home, high-efficiency disinfectants such as peracetic acid, 84 disinfectant, etc. can be selected [5]. After disinfection, be sure to wipe or rinse with clean water.

11. Can infants and young children use alcohol-based hand sanitizer?

Occasional use.

A baby’s long-term use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer is easy to irritate the skin, and may also lead to alcohol poisoning due to accidental ingestion [6]. Occasional emergencies are fine, but let your baby rub his hands well until they are completely dry.

12. What should I do if I accidentally drink 84 disinfectant?

Get medical attention right away! Don’t induce vomiting by yourself!

Doctors may perform gastric lavage, intravenous fluids, and other treatments [7].

13. I heard that dish soap can cause infertility, is it true?


There is currently no research linking dish soap and infertility. Infertility may be associated with endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndromeSyndromes, oligospermia and other diseases.

14. Is fruit and vegetable dishwashing liquid really non-toxic to the human body?

Regular products are fine.

“GB9985-2000-Detergents for Hand Washing Dishwashing” issued by the state contains a series of indicators such as fluorescent whitening agent, methanol, formaldehyde, arsenic, heavy metals, colonies, etc., produced by regular manufacturers The detergent is non-toxic.

I’m really worried, just rinse it several times.

15. Does dish soap really hurt your hands?


Detergents deal with oily leftovers, they’re powerful, and they’re not really skin-friendly. Choose a “hand-friendly” dish soap, which is a product that contains methyl fatty acid sulfonate (MES). The easiest way is to wear gloves.

16.84 Sanitizer cannot be used with toilet cleaner, is it a rumor?


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84 Disinfectant mixed with toilet cleaner will generate chlorine gas, which can irritate eyes and respiratory tract, and may be life-threatening if inhaled in large quantities.

The toilet cleaner itself has the dual function of cleaning and disinfection. If you have to use 84 disinfectant, at least 30 minutes away from the toilet cleaner.

17. The kitchen fume cleaner is so powerful, it must be poisonous, right?


It may contain ether solvent[8], which may cause dizziness and vomiting if inhaled in large quantities. Be sure to open the window for ventilation when using it.

18. I heard that detergents contain surfactants, which will corrode the skin?

Do watch out for handguards.

Surfactants can damage the stratum corneum of the skin, causing symptoms such as dryness, itching, and erythema [9]. Choose products with mild ingredients such as Sodium Coco Isethionate and apply an emollient as soon as you run out.

19. Are air fresheners toxic?

May make you uncomfortable.

Air fresheners may contain a variety of volatile organic compounds[10], and spraying too much may cause nausea and vomiting. Open windows in time for ventilation.

20. Will washing machine tub cleaner hurt you?


There are currently two types: strong oxidizing type and weak acid curing type [11].

The former has a bleaching effect and needs to be rinsed after use to prevent the clothes from fading.

The latter has better descaling power. As long as you follow the instructions and the amount of water to wash, there is no harm to the body.

How to choose a healthy household cleaner

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Contributing Author:Zhou Zhanfan | Attending Physician of Surgery, Shunyi Second Hospital


Bao Huiling|Deputy Chief Physician of Pediatrics, Peking University Third Hospital

Chen Xiaoling| Deputy Chief Physician, Department of Dermatology, Fourth Affiliated Hospital of Inner Mongolia Medical University


[1]GB/T 36970-2018 “Consumer Product Instructions for Use – Labeling of Laundry Products”



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