It’s common knowledge that deep-cleaning laundry rejuvenates fabrics. Household and commercial laundry machines are typically used to release particles that become trapped in fabric fibers including pollen, dirt, dust, dust mites, pet dander, fragrances, food, and more. However, in today’s germ and bacteria-sensitive environments, simply “cleaning” laundry is not enough.
For example, harmful germs may easily transfer from clothing and bedding within a laundry basket or hamper and new research indicates the most harmful airborne germs can last for up to 14-days on fabrics and clothing. In response, a safe sanitizing method for all fabric types must be used.
Some washing machines are equipped with a sanitize cycle. This process uses extremely hot water, is harsher on clothes than regular cycles, and can do serious damage to materials. An unfortunate side effect is that if a fabric cannot be washed in hot water, using a washing machine’s sanitizing cycle is not recommended and ultimately, harmful germs and bacteria may persist.
The good news is that laundry additives can be used in washing machines to help sanitize material. However, it is important to be aware of the risks associated with some ingredients in commercially-manufactured and homemade laundry additives.
- The mineral compound of borax (boron, salt, and oxygen) produces a chemical reaction that converts some water molecules into hydrogen peroxide. There are documented short-term and long-term health risks to humans, children, pets, and some aquatic species.
- An oxidizing bleach with a limited action time, hydrogen peroxide combined with baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) may discolor dyes, leave yellow stains, and can weaken fabric fibers.
- More damaging than hydrogen peroxide, bleach (sodium hypochlorite) dissolves silk and wool. Cotton and linen can be initially bleached. Yet, in time, bleach weakens and yellows fabrics.
Fortunately, laundry sanitizers that are non-damaging are suitable for all fabric types.
QUATERNARY AMMINES – A LONG-LASTING LAUNDRY SANITIZER
When formulated accordingly, a key ingredient for safely sanitizing washable fabric is a QAC (quaternary ammonium compound). QACs have surfactant (surface-active agent) properties that attach to grease and dirt and dissolve in water.
Classified as organic salts, QACs carry a positive electrical charge. This makes QACs useful as a natural, anti-static cleaner and fabric softener.
QAC-based products can be formulated as gentle as a shampoo or as a powerful, long-lasting sanitizer. Now topping the nation’s recommended product list for restoring industries and businesses are QAC-based products. The compound has been used safely in the sanitizing industry for more than 90 years.
GLANHEALTH™ ANTI-STATIC, ECO-FRIENDLY CLEANING FABRIC SOFTENER SANITIZES ALL FABRIC TYPES
A truly unique fabric cleaner and sanitizer, GlanHealth™ Laundry Shield is a cost-saving liquid additive that combines the functionality of anti-static dryer sheets, fabric softener, deodorizer, and sanitizer. Formulated with the powerful germ-fighting protection of QACs, Laundry Shield is environmentally safe, non-toxic, non-damaging, and has a fresh citrus scent.
Safe and gentle for use by people of all ages, Laundry Shield is easy to use with both residential and commercial laundry systems. To gain up to 28-days of powerful germ-fighting protection, simply add Laundry Shield to the rinse cycle or fabric softener feature of any washing machine. When the times comes to dry your laundry, rest assured that dryer heat does not affect Laundry Shield.
Laundry Shield is available in 1-gallon, 5-gallon, 55-gallon, and 300-gallon sizes.
The world leader in QAC-based sanitizing products, GlanHealth™, provides quality and transparency in all its trusted products that are:
- USA-made and manufactured.
- Produced in an FDA-registered facility.
- Environmentally safe.
- Natural non-toxic, non-flammable, non-damaging.
- Long-lasting with powerful protection.
- Scientifically-proven formulations.