Nowadays we can choose from lots of fabrics when buying clothing for ourselves. And since synthetics became very popular, people want to know how safe this sort of material is. So today we will be your guide through the tricky world of fabrics and their specifics.
Fabrics to Avoid By All Means
Not so long ago, people used to stick to natural materials like cotton or wool. Those who were rich could afford more pricey silk and other expensive materials. However, urbanistic life has its requirements, and today we usually have no time to take care of natural fabrics that must be treated with care.
It is much simpler to grab something that can be washed fast and easily with no special detergents, that will dry quickly, and won’t shrink or crease. Such materials like polyester became people’s favorites because of their characteristics and simple maintenance. But have you ever thought of what price we are paying for this comfort?
To have a clearer understanding of what most of us wear daily, check out the list of the most harmful materials. We are sure you will find at least one in your wardrobe, as well.
This fabric is the worst we can find in the market. It is made from synthetic fibers that are produced from dihydric alcohol and various acids.
Another enemy in our wardrobe, the acrylic material is often linked to the development of cancer according to EPA.
Now many of you could argue since this fiber is made of recycled wood pulp. It is true, but to make rayon resistant to wear and tear, that pulp must undergo harsh chemical treatment with ammonia, caustic soda, and other aggressive compounds.
This kind of fabric is also made of wood fibers, however, this natural crude must be chemically processed as well.
This petroleum-based material has a permanent chemical finish that can cause serious health issues if worn regularly.
In general, any stain, wrinkle, static-resistant, or stain-proof fibers are heavily chemically treated which makes them dangerous for our skin and overall health.
Factors That Can Make Our Garments Harmful
It is not only artificial fibers that are harmful and potentially threatening to our health. Even if we throw all of them away and buy all-organic items instead, if we don’t do the complete revision of the maintenance products, the risk of chemical exposure will still remain, even though in less massive amounts.
- To be completely sure your clothing is safe to the skin, double-check the laundering agents you are usually using. Those that contain chemicals can also cause significant harm slowly but effectively.
To protect yourself from skin allergies and other unpleasant reactions to artificial compounds that such liquids and powders contain, shift to organic products instead. They might be more expensive but your health worth it.
- Avoid using dry cleaning services. They make use of harsh and aggressive chemicals to treat the garments, and those chemicals later get in contact with our skin leading to different issues like itching, allergies, etc.
When completing these two simple steps, you will significantly reduce the level of chemical exposure to your skin and thus your health will be better protected from any harmful exposures.
What to Choose Instead
Since most of the materials we have in the market today are potentially health-threatening, it is better to opt for good old organic and natural fibers. But even then read the care tags carefully since today chemicals (even in minor amounts) can be added even to the natural fabrics.
So if you decide to revise your wardrobe, we would recommend buying cotton, linen, silk, wool, bamboo, or hemp items instead of those made of artificial materials. These all-natural ones will be way gentler to the skin, nicer to the touch, and also durable enough.
Of course, some of them will need more attention in terms of maintenance, but it is worth doing as long as we will get safe and healthy clothing as a reward.
Choosing proper apparel is difficult today not only because of the variety of styles or designs. The material our garment is made of also matters a lot. To ensure that what you are wearing is safe, always read the labels before buying a new item, and consider shifting for the healthier fabrics and laundry agents to take care of your clothing.
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