Product Spotlight: CitriSafe Laundry Liquid Detergent.
A Genuine “Must Have” if You are Exposed to Mold and other Microorganisms
The Original, Natural Laundry Mold Solution with Detergent That Works During Both Wash and Rinse Cycles
By Cesar Collado
Over 15 years ago, Walter Hayhurst established a purpose to identify and formulate natural and non-toxic products to remove mold from a home or work environment. He was motivated by the mold illness caused by exposure to toxic mold suffered by he and his wife. He began with the CitriSafe Mold Solution Concentrate and eventually launched dozens of products to help people suffering from mold. He placed a special importance on finding a natural laundry mold solution because he and his wife (like many mold sufferers) also suffered from multiple chemical sensitivity which often accompanies mold sensitivity. Many household cleaners are made with chemicals, some toxic. Read more about The CitriSafe Story HERE.
Perhaps, the product reported to me as the most important and well-known product he created and made available to everyone was the CitriSafe Laundry Liquid Detergent. Knowing that creating a mold free environment at home was essential, he recognized that clothing, in particular, would become an obvious target for mold spores in the air and allow mold spores and debris to become “cast aways” on a person that would irritate them throughout the day. As important, he understood that the body heals when we sleep. Exposure to mold on bed linens and pillows would provide constant exposure through the night.
One interesting fact is that the laundry room often has some of the highest mold levels in a home when inspected. This can be due to water leak or high humidity; however, it is often the result of washing moldy clothing that contaminates the washing machine. Front load washing machines are especially prone to mold growth. Every load moving forward will lead to certain mold exposure for sensitive mold patients.
Fabric softeners contain cellulose which is a “favorite” nutrient for mold resulting in black or dark green staining in the dispenser trays and the rubber seals for front load washers. They also include chemical fragrances that can create an irritation.
I did some research several years ago for a mold physician who captured anonymous data high risk mold patients that had history of sinus or respiratory symptoms. The physician did a tap test with an ImmunoLytics Mold Test Plate on the patients clothing during the exam. Below is a recreates slide containing the results the physician shared on Doug Kauffman’s “Know the Cause” television show.
Walter, along with colleagues who were registered, and formulation trained compound pharmacists and some mold detection labs were enlisted to testing hundreds, if not thousands, of formulations to find the right mixture that would effectively remove mold during the wash and rinse cycle in a washing machine. He understood that combining the proprietary ingredients with standard detergents could be harmful when mixed with chemicals, perfumes and additives. As a result, he tested numerous surfactants that would serve as a gentle but potent a gentle detergent (or Surfactant) would work well during the agitation cycle of the wash encapsulating and escorting mold spores and debris out of fabrics. He also learned through the tedious process that most people wash their towels and linens with warm or hot water. The proprietary blend of citrus seed extracts and tea tree oil would become more activated with heat. Tea Tree Oil has been used for its anti-infective and anti-fungal properties in medicine and deodorization of odors caused by microorganisms. It must be used with the optimal dilution to avoid staining.
How it Works: Citrisafe Laundry Liquid Detergent Fights Mold Exposure
The Numerous Benefits of Washing with CitriSafe Laundry Liquid Detergent
When people perspire throughout the day or are exposed to a moldy environment, it is the combination of bacteria that exists on the skin with moisture to create the putrid smells. We often find these in gym clothes, socks, and towels. The antimicrobial properties are extremely effective in eliminating residual odors from clothing.
I also used the Citrisafe Mold Solution Concentrate and CitriSafe Laundry Liquid Detergent during a period where my father was in home hospice. When home hospice occurs, sheets and clothing are changed multiple times per day. The contaminants these linens exposed to include bacteria and other microorganisms found in feces and urine, as well as mold. The odors I am describing are often found in nursing homes; although they are sometimes masked with the strong smell of bleach, which is and irritant and toxic in itself. We did up to 10 loads of laundry, fogged the carpet with CitriSafe Mold Solution Concentrate, and HEPA Vacuumed after. The result was remarkable and the “nursing home stench” disappeared. Read more about the effectiveness of CitriSafe Products to remove unwanted odors caused by microorganisms HERE.
Other laundry additives require more product (up to 4 ounces) and are recommended to be mixed with other household products or detergents. Often, this requires the person to stop the washer during the wash cycle to add products during an addition to soak, for a specified amount of time. This cost more and adds inconvenience. Also, this does not mitigate the potential harm with mixing the additive with laundry detergent. This may require stopping cycles to add ingredients and excess expense in other detergents and household ingredients such as Borax, Vinegar, Ammonia, Bleach, Baking Soda, and hydrogen peroxide as a single additive or in combination.
Off the shelf laundry products have over 20 plus ingredients in their formulation. For example, Tide has the following ingredients:
Conclusions: Citrisafe Laundry Liquid Detergent Fights Mold Exposure
Today, many patients (including myself) have switched entirely to CitriSafe Laundry Liquid Detergent alone without other detergents or fabric softeners.
Cost-Effective: For less than $1 per load, clothing comes out with a natural, but subtle, fresh clean smell and free from the mold spores that had contaminated the fabrics. It works well with anything machine washable in front loading washers, top loading washers, and in high-efficiency cycles.
- Bed Linens
- Dish rags
- Washable Comforters and bedspreads
- Pet Beds
- Children’s toys (stuffed animals)
- Small area rugs
- Anything non-dry-clean
Since mold and microorganisms attract and carry mold, mycotoxins, and other microorganisms, having a mold free layer between you and the world, and while you sleep, will lead to better sleep, fewer immune reactions, and wellness.
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About the Author:
Cesar Collado is a former pharmaceutical R&D senior executive, venture capitalist, and seasoned strategy consultant in biotechnology and technology industries in general. He currently works as an advisor to multiple technology start-ups and advises several companies with technology solutions, including companies that provide healthcare and other services for environmental illness. Cesar worked with MicroBalance Health Products from 2014-2019, where he had responsibility for strategy, revenues, marketing, and finance, as well as, writing all original content for the company’s newsletters during his tenure.
Cesar is passionate about awareness and treatment of environmental illness as a significant, unmet and misdiagnosed, medical need. He has partnered with Integrative Physicians, Bau-Biologists, Environmental Inspectors, Mold Remediators, HVAC IAQ Specialists, and other professionals to generate educational materials for the environmentally ill. Cesar currently writes original content for ImmunLytics, Bio-Balance, and CitriSafe: Protocols and Products for a Healthy Life.