Phthalates: A Toxin You Could be Getting From Your "Clean" Clothes
So why is it that the less common phthalate is ending up in people’s bodies? One thing we know is that this particular phthalate is in very close contact with human bodies since it is the one that will be present on clothing as a residue from the laundering processes.
Even if this compound is present only in very small concentrations, it will not be strongly bonded to the clothing fibers upon which it is clinging and it is likely to transfer very easily from the garment's fibers to the skin’s surface. This means that for a detergent user, this compound will be in contact with the skin on a long term basis. We wear clothes almost all the time so detergent residues which remain on fabric fibers after laundering, have an enormous window of time in which to transfer themselves onto our bodies. Once an oil soluble substance such as a phthalate makes contact with the skin it is readily absorbed into the skin layers and ultimately into the underlying living tissues. This is because cell membranes are themselves composed of fatty acids and naturally absorb non-polar (fat soluble ) substances into their structure.
Time proximity are winning out and the phthalates that are included in detergents will therefor impacting our bodies more significantly than the phthalates from other sources.
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