Japanese Laundry Detergent + Organic/Natural Brands
I’m someone who knows more then the general public does when it comes to the chemical warfare that we are exposed to every day, I’ve done the research and have seen the physical effects of bad detergents, not only are most horribly bad for the environment, they are also horribly bad for YOU, and especially children.
Most laundry detergent are so bad for you, that the lobbyist here in America made it so that laundry detergent manufactures do not BY LAW have to tell you what it’s in the mixture of death. To be blunt, it’s a toxic concoction of petroleum based products and many are straight responsible for the rise in asthma and respiratory challenges as well as cancer. To push this even further in many main stream brands of detergents have a chemical used in them that are actually used in laboratory conditions to INDUCE asthma attacks for research!
So here is a basic run down of popular detergents in Japan, and few you may want to lean towards when given the option! Overall it’s not super popular for natural/organic safe detergents in Japan, but they do exist! When my wife and I get over there we’ll update with a new post when we find more options for those that care about their health.
WARNING UNLESS STATED OTHERWISE RUN FAR FAR AWAY FROM THESE BRANDS
Words to know when reading ingredients and words on detergent boxes/bottles:
|石鹸, 石けん, せっけん||せっけん||sekken||soap|
|柔軟仕上げ剤||じゅうなんしあげざい||Jūnan shiage-zai||fabric softener|
|詰替用 or つめかえ用||つめかえよう||tsumekaeyou||refill|
|おしゃれ着||おしゃれちゃく||Oshare chaku||fashionable clothes|
無添加 むてんか mutenka – no additives
|純石けん||じゅんせっけん||junn sekken||pure soap|
|衣料用漂白剤||いりょうようひょうはくざい||iryouyou hyouhakuzai hyouhakuzai||Clothing bleach|
|漂白剤なし||ひょうはくざいなし||Hyōhaku-zai nashi||no bleach|
|柔軟剤入り||じゅうなんざいいり||juunanzai-iri||including fabric softener|
|無香科||むこうか||Mukou ka||No added fragrances|
|配合していません||はいごうしていません||Haigō shite imasen||Not formulated|
Laundry detergent is typically labeled as: 洗濯用合成洗剤 on the back following 品名 (hinmei), which means “product name”
- Arau (SAFE TO BUY)
- アリエール (Ariel)
- アタック (Attack)
- アワーズ (Awa’s)
- ボールド (Bold)
- エマール (Emal)
- ファファ (Fa-Fa)
- ミヨシ (Miyoshi)
- ニュービーズ (New Beads)
- トップ (Top)
- ブライト (Bright)
- シャボン玉 (Soap Bubble)
- ブルーダイヤ (Blue Diamond)
- 洗浄剤 (washing soap) -アクアウォッシュ洗浄剤
- Pigeon – Pua
Fabric softener bottles look very similar to laundry detergent bottles, but instead, their 品名 (“product name”) on the table on the back of the bottle will be 柔軟仕上げ剤. Also, fabric softeners tend to be extremely scented, which is reflected by the flowers, berries and other representations of scents on the bottle. Fabric softener has been shown to be the most poisonous part of doing laundry. The EPA actually says on their own website that if some of these chemicals are floating around in the air that they are to be taken serious and to be avoided. DO NOT USE FABRIC SOFTENER. It’s better to get dryer balls instead to make your clothes less starchy.
マイブリーチ (My Bleach)
The Laundry Detergent has premium ingredients and can save you a trip to the dry cleaners for certain fancier clothing. It also has a premium price at $42.73 for 500ml http://global.rakuten.com/en/store/favor/item/the_laundry_detergent_refill_set/
Aroma materials / ingredients detergent components (surface Activator equivalent amount): high grade alcohol-based (non-ionic) 9%, coconut oil fatty acid alkanolamide (ME A use) 7%, other: ro purified ingredients: Lavender essential oil 1% 83% (additive is any unused) water / liquid: neutral / applications: cotton, hemp, chemical fiber, wool, silk fabric washing
MORE TO COME!
About the Author
I've been interested in Japanese as a language and as a culture since I was about 15 years old. In April 2017 my wife and I moved to Fukuoka, Japan to go to school for 2 years. We've since returned to America and now are looking to expand Nihon Scope further for future visitors of Japan to get in touch with the best school they can. We're also here sharing our experiences of Japan and the culture. Get in touch with us on Facebook for the quickest response!