Clothing made of untreated cotton and natural fibres (linen, hemp…)
Favour garments made of organic fabrics to ensure a chemical-free finish.
To reduce potential chemicals in clothing, wash or soak the garment in water with 1 cup of white vinegar, 1 cup of salt, or 1/2 cup of baking soda.
Also avoid washing clothes with scented products (detergents, fabric softeners) which can be harmful. Here are some healthy options.
Materials to avoid
- Formaldehyde: carcinogen, irritant to eyes and respiratory tract, respiratory sensitizer
- Plastics (polyester, nylon, acrylic, spandex): may contain hydrocarbons, phthalates and bisphenol A which are endocrine disrupters
- Flame retardant chemicals: toxic to humans, release VOCs, possible toxic effects on the nervous and hormonal systems
- Dyes: possible carcinogens, skin sensitizers, photosensitizers and mutagens