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January 20, 2021 5 min read

"INFO: The team previously at hannahpad Canada launched their own new brand, illum! These blog posts have been written when we used to run hannahpad Canada. All information is still relevant and everything is the same! We simply changed the brand that we offer. :slightly_smiling_face: "


Conventional laundry detergents are formulated to smell as fresh as spring flowers, as clean as an ocean breeze, and as sweet as summer fruit, however, the real story of how they affect our health and the environment is far from being fresh, clean, or sweet. On average, conventional detergents contain 35 - 75% phosphate salts, a substance that can kill aquatic life. Furthermore, they typically include substances that can cause skin conditions, throat irritation, and are even carcinogenic.

You may be reading this article because you are already aware of the negative effects of detergent and you’re seeking a better alternative. Or perhaps you follow our regular blogs and you’ve read how probiotic laundry soap is the best option for washing your reusable cotton menstrual pads.

Well, whatever has led you here, welcome! In this article, we will give you an overview of the many probiotic soap benefits. Along the way, we will also talk about how probiotic cleaning agents work.

Let’s get started!

How Are Probiotics Used for Cleaning?

Although the focus of this article is on probiotic laundry soaps, this isn’t the only way that probiotics are used for cleaning. Probiotics are also used for skin soap and various other types of cleaners.

When used in skincare or skin cleansing, probiotics are able to balance the levels of good bacteria on the skin, thereby helping prevent skin conditions like acne, eczema, rosacea, and skin dryness.

Meanwhile, when probiotics are used as the active ingredient in surface cleaning agents, good bacteria are able to produce helpful enzymes that break down and consume various kinds of organic contamination and eliminate unwanted odours. The end result is a long-lasting microscopic deep clean that cannot be achieved with any other type of conventional cleaning solution.

Probiotic Soap vs. Conventional Detergent

To best understand how probiotic laundry soaps work, let’s compare them to how conventional detergents work.

Conventional detergents work by using surfactants (which are mainly phosphate salts) which improve the mixing of two compounds: water with other substances such as oil, grease, or dirt. Thus, when the water washes away, the other substances are carried away with it. The problem with this – aside from the cleaning occuring on only a surface-level – is that phosphate salts, along with other toxic ingredients in conventional detergents, are harmful to people, animals, and the environment.

On the other hand, probiotic laundry soap contains EM or effective micro-organisms. EM are a blend of anaerobic good bacteria that are placed in a carbohydrate-rich carrier. These good bacteria are able to break down dirt and grime at a microscopic level. But that’s not all! Probiotic laundry soaps also contain non-toxic surfactants (such as glycerin) that help to effectively wash away larger portions of dirt, grease, or grime along with the water. In short, these products achieve both surface-level and microscopic-levels of cleanliness.

High quality probiotic soap may also contain other eco-conscious ingredients such as coconut fatty acid, which helps to make dirt, grime, and stains easier to rinse off - as well as sodium bicarbonate which provides further cleansing and deodorizing.

Probiotic Laundry Soap Benefits

Whether you are washing your everyday clothes or your reusable cotton pads, here are the top three benefits to using probiotic laundry soap!

1. Made With Ingredients You Know and Trust

Conventional laundry detergents typically have numerous harmful ingredients. We encourage you to check the label of the detergent you’re currently using and look for these additives:

  • Sodium lauryl sulfate – a harmful compound linked to cancer, potential neurotoxic effects, and endocrine disruption
  • Phenols – a toxic compound that can affect the blood and liver over time
  • Petroleum distillates – an irritant that can cause skin conditions such as irritations, skin drying, and dermatitis
  • 1,4-dioxane – a harmful compound that can cause nose and eye irritation and can negatively affect the liver and kidneys over time

These are only a few of the most common examples. With carefully formulated probiotic soap, you can avoid any kind of harmful or toxic ingredient. In fact, our probiotic laundry soap even has ingredients that are extra skin-friendly.

2. Deeper Cleaning and Long-Lasting Odour Control

The active ingredient in probiotic laundry soap is good bacteria – organisms that are naturally occurring and harmless to people and the environment. As these micro-organisms produce various enzymes, they are able to break down and consume all kinds of organic contaminants, grime, dirt, stains, and so on.

Because these good micro-organisms can penetrate deep into the clothing’s layers, you can benefit from effortless deep cleaning on a microscopic level. This is paired with the surface-level cleaning from the probiotic soap’s gentle and non-toxic surfactant, glycerin. Due to this level of deep clean, you can expect odours to stay away for a prolonged period of time.

3. Better for the Environment

Do you have a fondness for thriving bodies of water that are teeming with life? Well, by using probiotic laundry soap, you are doing your part to make sure that aquatic creatures continue to thrive in their natural habitats.

Conventional detergents typically use toxic surfactants like phosphate salts – one of many harmful chemicals in the common detergent’s list of ingredients. This substance is not completely removed by wastewater treatments. Therefore, phosphate salts are likely to end up in bodies of water and over-fertilizing various aquatic plants. These plants then grow at an imbalanced rate. Algae and weeds can choke the waterways while also using up large amounts of oxygen (either through photosynthesis or through eventual decomposition). The resulting low oxygen levels in the waters can then cause the death of numerous species of fish and other aquatic organisms.

By using probiotic laundry soaps, you can help prevent water pollution while also enriching the environment with probiotics, thereby contributing to a natural microbial balance.

Probiotic Soap that Makes Laundry Day Easier

Are you ready to experience all the probiotic soap benefits we discussed above? Our high-quality probiotic laundry soap is formulated to address your every need – while making laundry day easier and totally guilt-free. The EM probiotics in our soap contains an effective surfactant that is gentle on the skin and harmless to Mother Earth and is made of ingredients you can actually pronounce.

Take care of yourself and the planet by trying Illum – our new brand that focuses on all aspects of a woman’s journey to perfecting the ultimate self care routine!

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