Machine-washable fabric sanitizing breakthrough

History shows that cleaning fabric dates back thousands of years at a time when animal fats, wood ashes, and rainwater created a soapy mixture for washing clothing and skin. Since then, the introduction of plant-based compounds and chemicals have increased mass production and use worldwide. The historical progression of cleaning and sanitizing fabrics include:

  • PLANTS: In Europe, olive trees and barilla ashes were used in early production of soaps
  • MASS PRODUCTION: 1853 – popularity of soap increases with repeal of English soap tax
  • ALKALI: 1791 – common salt produces alkali and creates the production of soda ash for soaps
  • FATTY ACIDS: 1800s – Relationships of fats, glycerin, and fatty acids lead to chemistry development of soaps and fats
  • AMMONIA: mid-1800s –Ammonia improves soda ash extraction from salt, increases quality and availability of soaps for skin and laundry
  • SURFACTANT: 1950s – Surfactant introduced used as detergents, wetting agents, emulsifiers, foaming agents, or dispersants
  • PODS: 2010 – Laundry detergent “pods” were introduced in the U.S. market
  • POD INGESTION WARNING: 2012 – Poison control centers track nausea and vomiting, coughing, drowsiness, and rash as symptoms of ingesting “pods”
  • NON-TOXIC LAUNDRY SANITIZNG: 2020 – A non-hazardous, environmentally safe laundry sanitizing solution launches globally, revolutionizes everyday use laundry care

Washing fabric alone does not address sanitizing against harmful microbes. In today’s health-conscious environment, market trends indicate that sanitizing fabric has become a decision factor with consumers worldwide.


The global laundry detergent market alone is valued at:

  • $133.3 billion (2016 benchmark) with a CAGR of approximately 4.9% from 2017 to 2025
  • total revenue projected to exceed USD $205.2 billion by 2025
  • household demand is estimated at USD $118 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 4.9%

A growth factor in the laundry detergent market is rising concern about environmental sustainability. This resulted in increased manufacturing focus on eco-friendly liquid detergents made from biodegradable components. Research analyst predicted the global organic laundry detergent would grow steadily by a factor of 4% by 2020.

Eco-friendly detergents and fabric softeners eliminate the use of phthalates. A chemical solvent, phthalates are used to make plastics more flexible and can also be used to disperse scent. One research report source indicates synthetic scents can accumulate in the body and can cause allergies and irritations, trigger difficulty breathing, and potentially cause reproductive harm.

The rising need for safely sanitizing skin, surfaces and materials including fabrics is now a global industry growth factor. The global market estimates for the sanitizing industry include:

  • HAND SANITIZER: USD $2.7 billion in 2019, projected to reach USD $3.3 billion in 2020
  • SURFACE SANITIZER: USD $1.4 billion in 2019, projected to reach USD $1.5 billion in 2020
  • FABRIC PROTECTION: USD $1.4 billion by 2025, rising at 4.79% CAGR

By definition, fabric protection products seal fabric fibers so contaminants cannot penetrate its protective layers. This is done by saturating the fabric or overlaying a sanitizing component on the fabric.



Since the 1950s, a chemical mode of action coined as a term “surfactant” was incorporated into laundry detergents. A surfactant reduces surface tension between two liquids, a gas and a liquid, or a liquid and a solid. Surfactants are known to cause serious environmental pollution with toxic effect on living organisms.

Another chemical-based option for laundering fabrics is dry cleaning. This process incorporates perchloroethylene, a solvent used for addressing grease and releasing dirt and debris from fabric. The EPA lists perchloroethylene as a “likely human carcinogen.” Dry cleaning is a costly, time-consuming service.

When choosing an everyday use laundry sanitizing product, consumers may want to consider:

  • TIME-SAVING: a washing machine versus a hired service
  • COST-SAVINGS: do-it-yourself simplicity with long-lasting protection
  • ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT: non-hazardous to fabric and safe on skin

A commonly used non-chemical mode of action for cleaning and sanitizing fabric is steam. Heating water to 175-212 degrees Fahrenheit, steam cleaning is only 97% effective on microbes. Steam cleaning requires professional training to avoid permanent damage to textiles, is a costly hired service, and everyday use adoption has not taken hold with consumers.

As an everyday use product with maximum sanitizing protection, GlanHealth™ introduced a non-hazardous, environmentally safe quaternary ammonium compounds (QAC) combined with an industry-leading, triple protection electro-chemistry mode of action. While this sounds complex, sanitizing fabric is as simple as adding GlanHealth’s Laundry Shield to the fabric softener feature in any washing machine.

GlanHealth’s Laundry Shield is:

  • cost-effective at a fraction of dry cleaning or steam cleaning
  • long-lasting (up to 28-days per wash)
  • not affected by dryer heat
  • non-hazardous, non-toxic, environmentally safe
  • alcohol-free, bleach-free, chlorine-free
  • safe on all fabric types
  • is safe to deep clean, deodorize, and soften all machine washable fabrics
  • removes static
GlanHealth Natural Laundry Softener

As society returns to normalcy, restaurants and food service establishments, hotels, airlines, and public places that provide fabrics for patron use can easily and cost-effectively benefit from GlanHealth’s laundry care and sanitizing technology.

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GlanHealth™ is an industry leader in alcohol-free sanitizing, from skin to surfaces. The Company’s innovations incorporate the science of sanitizing for the benefit of consumers and businesses worldwide. By nature of being alcohol-free and persistent, the world is experiencing both purity and peace of mind with GlanHealth™.

GlanHealth’s industry breakthrough alcohol-free, anti-static microbial defense system includes safe use on skin, surfaces, textiles, metals, and electronics. Use of a touchless electrostatic surface sprayer reduces cross-contamination. In mere minutes, restoring public trust allows for once again frequenting:

  • Homes, offices buildings, hotels, and warehouses
  • Grocery stores, restaurants
  • Daycares, schools, and universities
  • Hospitals and healthcare facilities
  • Airplanes, busses, and cruise ships
  • City halls, community centers, government buildings
  • Gymnasiums, parks, and public restrooms
  • Churches, temples, synagogues, and houses of worship
  • Correctional facilities and jails
  • Gaming facilities

GlanHealth™ meets the requirements of consumer trust for daily use:

  • FDA registered and recognized active ingredient benzalkonium chloride (BZK)
  • Safe, reliable chemo-electro-mechanical mode of action
  • Tested in various environments on a global scale
  • Quality formulation and manufacturing in the U.S.A.
  • Long-lasting and cost-effective
  • Eliminates harmful germs, bacteria, bio-films, and spores
  • Readily available in multiple forms