Does All Free And Clear Have Optical Brighteners

Does All Free And Clear Have Optical Brighteners

Yes, All Free and Clear does have an ingredient called “Disodium Distrylbiphenyl Dissulfonate”, a popular optical brightener. The ingredient list can be verified here.

all® free clear Product Ingredients:

  • Water
  • Alcohol ethoxylate 7EO
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate
  • Ethanol, Sodium Citrate
  • Sodium Alkylbenzene Sulfonate
  • Protease
  • Propylene glycol
  • Sodium Cocoate
  • Sodium Iminodisuccinate
  • Triethanolamine
  • Disodium Distrylbiphenyl Dissulfonate
  • Sodium Polyacrylate
  • Calcium Chloride
  • Bronopol
  • Sodium Nitrate
  • 5-Chloro-2-methyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one
  • 2-Methyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one

What is Disodium Distrylbiphenyl Dissulfonate?

The most common optical brighteners used to achieve the “whiter than white” look are called disodium diaminostilbene disulfonate and disodium distyrylbiphenyl disulfonate. These harsh chemicals are used to remove the aging look from washed clothing by chemically adding a UV brightener that is deposited onto the material of the clothing.

Is Disodium Distrylbiphenyl Dissulfonate known by any other names?

Yes here is a list:


Advantages of Using All Free and Clear

  • all free clear is the #1 recommended detergent brand by dermatologists, allergists, and pediatricians for sensitive skin
  • all free clear removes 99% of top everyday and seasonal allergens Dog and cat dander, dust mite matter, ragweed pollen, grass/tree pollen. all is not intended to treat or prevent allergies
  • Safe for standard and HE washing machines

Disadvantages of Using All Free and Clear

  • Military personnel are given instructions NOT to use any detergent that contains Optical Brighteners. Under night vision clothes washed in optical brighteners put off a “glow” i.e., easier to locate and that’s not good!
  • There are some reports among cloth diaper moms of rashes and burns after using detergents with optical brighteners.
  • Hunters wanting to avoid detection during hunting season should not use detergent with optical brighteners for the same reason as military personnel, the wildlife can see you.

Further Reading

Laundry Detergent Without UV Brighteners

How To Remove Optical Brighteners From Clothes (aka UV Brighteners)



EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data.

The Only 3 Quick & Easy Closet Decluttering Tips You’ll Ever Need


Letting go of clothing can be an emotionally complicated issue. But I gave away seven trash bags of clothing and shoes to charity last week, and I don’t regret one thread!

How did I know what to give away and what to keep? The following rules helped me cut the nostalgia and get down to business.

Ask 3 Questions of Each Piece

Ask 3 Questions of Each Piece

If you answer no to any of these questions, the piece is history.

  1. Have I worn this in the last year?
  2. Do I feel good in this?
  3. If I didn’t feel guilty for some reason, would I still be hanging on to this?

These questions helped me chuck about one-third of my clothing. And what of feeling bad about getting rid of something I spent money on or someone gave me? It lasted for about two seconds. Then all I felt was clean goodness.

If in Doubt, Try it On

If in Doubt, Try it On

After trying some stuff on for my 20th college reunion coming up this weekend (yikes!), I collected another pile to give away. Why? Things still looked good — they just didn’t look good on me.

Yes, my shape has changed, but so has my style and station in life. Midriff? I’m not so hot on showing it anymore, and some of my glittery, vintage sweaters were just too darn short. Plunging necklines? Maybe for a night on the town with hubby, but do I really want to flash the playground every time I pick up a sand toy?

When It Hurts Too Much


If giving stuff away is really just too painful, here are some alternatives:

  • Put it on hold: Bag up the questionable stuff and keep it in your attic or basement. After three months, if you don’t miss it, toss it.
  • Go the wrong way: Turn all your hangers the wrong way.  After you wear something, turn the hanger the right way. After a year, toss anything on a backward hanger.
  • Beat wardrobe fatigue: If you really want to save money and not completely say good-bye to your clothes, organize a clothing swap. If you exchange pieces with a group of friends, you can get free new clothes and your old stuff will be in good hands.
  • Give it away to your . . . children? My daughters’ dress-up bin is a lot more interesting now that it has disco dresses, frilly black slips, and beaded purses.

So I hope I’ve given you some ammunition to wage war against the clutter. If you tackle your closet, please come back and tell me how it went!

How My Family Went From Making Excuses To Helping Clean The House!


These are tips that the entire family can and should use. All family members living in the home should help take care of the home they live in. Almost everyone can do something, even small children.

These are tips that the entire family can and should use. All family members living in the home should help take care of the home they live in. Almost everyone can do something, even small children. There is NO reason why Mom should clean up behind herself and everyone else too! After all, if everyone is partaking of the blessings of the home to live in, everyone should help take care of it. While no one will change overnight, incorporating these tips into your daily life will soon make new and neater habits for even the messiest of the messies.

If you make a mess, clean it up immediately.

If you make a mess, clean it up immediately

Don’t say you will get it after a while, do it now. Once you walk away from it, chances are that you won’t go back to it. Make a habit of cleaning up as you go! This saves time and keeps the home clean and organized. Washing dishes as you cook works great if you don’t want a pile after the meal, fold and put away the laundry as soon as it’s done, and have the kids put away toys they are done with before they take more out.

If you use it, put it back where it belongs.

Don’t wait until later, do it immediately! Again, once you leave it, chances are you won’t go back to it, and whatever you used will not be put away. Have family members learn to put things where they belong when they are done with the item. The famously “I can’t find the tv remote” comes to mind!

Have a place where things live.

Everything has a home! Instead of just laying something down anyplace, always put it where it belongs. If you make a habit of putting things up THEN and having the family do the same, it will become a habit to automatically put things away in the correct place.

Never go to bed with a dirty kitchen.


Even if you don’t do dishes right after a meal (I don’t), make sure the kitchen is clean before bed. If the kitchen is clean and someone decides on a snack after, have them clean up anything they mess up. Wipe the counters, the stove, and the table, and make sure the sink is empty and clean.

Bathrooms should always be clean!

Keep Clorox Wipes in the bathroom so that anyone can use them immediately if needed. These are great for cleanups! – I get mine here in 3 pack bulk, which is cheaper.

Donate unwanted items.

When you are cleaning out, have a bag or box for items no longer needed or used. Donate them, sell them, but get rid of them! There’s no greater clutter than things we don’t need. Clothes that we no longer wear, toys the children are too old for, books we have read, and that just sit on shelves. Whatever is in your home that’s not needed, get rid of it as you clean. When you put items not needed or used in that bag or box, make a note to have the items out of your home no later than seven days from the date you packed them. Don’t just move the clutter, get rid of it!

Set aside time to clean daily.


If your home is really cluttered, make yourself start the cleaning process by taking at least 15 minutes a day to clean it. It’s a great thought to try and clean the entire house at once, and if you can do that, great! But for the person that cannot do that, make it a goal to start at 15 minutes and work on up to more as you go in the following days. Start with the kitchen and bathroom. These are two rooms that should always be clean and sanitary. Make it a goal to clean those two rooms and keep them clean. Then work on the rest of the home. Once you have a room clean and organized, KEEP it clean and organized!

Each of these tips is attainable! While everyone is different and works at a different pace, at the same time, everyone can do this! It cannot be stressed enough that ALL members living in the home should do their part. There is no excuse for anyone not to help out unless they are physically or mentally unable to do so. Even a baby that crawls at six months can be taught to begin put their toy into the toy box.

Get everyone involved and get organized!