[Pharmwaste] Laundry Detergent that provides sun protection

Elizabeth Toot-Levy Toot-LevyE at neorsd.org
Thu Jun 28 08:08:28 EDT 2007

Thought you might be interested...
Laundry detergent claims to provide sun protection too


When Sharon Doering does laundry, she's not only trying to get her clothes clean. She sprinkles in a little sun protection.
"I'll wash pretty much everybody's clothes in it, so at least for that week, I know that everybody's kind of got added protection for their clothing if we're really going to be in the sun," Doering said.

The manufacturer of one of the products, Sunguard, claims the additive washes in an invisible shield. It supposedly has an ultraviolet protection factor of 30 that stays on the clothing through twenty laundry cycles.

"I have yet to see any long term studies on whether that works but the idea that you can do one more thing in your daily life is key. The thing is you have to make sure your patient understands that this is just one part of the picture," Dr. Jodi Ganz said.

The other part is protecting yourself from sunburn by using common sense. Stay in the shade during the hottest part of the day and use a sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or higher.
Elizabeth R. Toot-Levy
Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
Water Quality and Industrial Surveillance
Environmental and Maintenance Services Center
4747 East 49th Street
Cuyahoga Heights, Ohio 44125
tel: 216.641.6000

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