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Back in 2005, My dermatologist told me that I have allergies to chemicals containing formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is used in man-made chemicals as a preservative.  I was told to avoid using blended fabrics as the chemicals used to blend the fabrics has formaldehyde in it. However, recently he added to the list of things to avoid are 100% fabrics that are fire-resistant/retardant or wrinkle-free. So how does one tell if a fabric is fire-resistant or wrinkle-free?

One way to see if the label says “no-iron” on it.  Most clothing that has this listed on the label contains perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs). , which include the non-stick additive Teflon. That’s right, the same thing that is in your Teflon cookware can be found in some clothing. It’s used to make the clothing last longer. But is it worth our health?

Allergic Responses (

“The allergic responses commonly being reported as a result of synthetic chemicals include, but are not limited to:

  • Skin rashes
  • Nausea
  • fatigue
  • Burning and itching
  • headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Reoccurring sinus infections
  • Inflammation and pain; especially in soft tissues

Which Fabric Finishes “Scream” Toxic Chemicals?

  1. Easy Care—Wrinkle-free, shrinkage-free—these garments release formaldehyde;
  2. Water Repellent—Fluoropolymers (as in Teflon) are used to repel oil and water;
  3. Flame Retardants;
  4. Bacterial and Fungicidal Chemicals—Triclosan and nano-particles are used for these purposes, dangerous neurotoxins and irritants.

Fabrics containing Formaldehyde—linked to a 30 percent increase in lung cancer, skin/lung irritation and contact dermatitis:

  • Anti-cling, anti-static, anti-shrink
  • Waterproof
  • Perspiration-proof
  • Moth-proof and mildew resistant
  • Chlorine resistant

If you think your clothing might be what is causing your illness, then it’s time to change your wardrobe and buy clothing that are made of natural fibers. While not always as easy to find, its best to do so when possible:

Cotton — preferably organic still remains the “king” of textiles. Organic accounts for less than one percent of worldwide production;
Flax — one of nature’s strongest fibers;
Hemp — grows without any need for fungicides, herbicides, or pesticides because it’s naturally insect-resistant. Its fibers are reported to be four times stronger than cotton. This is NOT the hemp known for its mind-altering properties;
Silk — known as the “queen of fabrics.” Watch out for the use of synthetic dyes in this fiber.
Wool — most of today’s wool is contaminated with chemicals, i.e., pesticides used to kill parasites. But organic wool is becoming more common.
Other — alpaca, angora, camel, cashmere, mohair, ramie, aluyot.

Be sure to avoid any fabric that is labled:

  • No-iron
  • Fire-resistant
  • Acrylic (1950), aka, ”wash-and-wear fabrics”—a ”revolutionary time-saving leap” for homemakers.
  • Polyester (1953), ”wrinkle free” fabrics developed from xylene and ethylene.
  • Spandex and olefin (1959), which became the mainstay of sportswear, swim suits, and thermal underwear. Olefin is produced by ”cracking” petroleum molecules into propylene and ethylene gases.”



“Spandex (now called Lycra or Lycra Spandex) was introduced in 1958. Spandex is a synthetic fiber made of at least 85% of the polymer polyurethane. Spandex is made from several chemicals that are known sensitizers. TDI and MDI (Toluene-2,4-diisocyanate; Methylene bisphenyl-4,4-diiisocyanate) are precursors of the polyurethane used to make spandex. TDI, a toxic chemical, has proved carcinogenic and can cause severe dermatitis. MDI is also toxic. Manufacturers of spandex products must use strict quality control procedures to ensure that no residual unreacted MDI or TDI exists in the final product.

Spandex threads are lighter, but also more durable and supple than conventional elastic threads. Spandex doesn’t suffer deterioration from oxidation like the fine sizes of rubber thread, and it is not damaged by body oils, perspiration, lotions, or detergents. Spandex is never used as 100% of any fabric construction.

Cases of dermatitis to spandex have been traced to rubber or rubber-processing chemicals added to spandex. The spandex polymer itself has not been proven to be a sensitizer.

How do you tell if a spandex garment contains latex? According to one manufacturer, the more sheer a garment is, the less likely it will have latex. Latex threads make a much heavier garment and can’t be woven in the very fine sheer configurations that characterize spandex garments.
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