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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:

2,2′- ( [1,1′-BIPHENYL] -4,4′-DIYLDI-2,1-ETHENEDIYL) BIS-BENZENESULFONIC ACID, DISODIUM SALT; BENZENESULFONIC ACID, 2,2 ( [1,1 BIPHENYL] 4,4 DIYLDI2,1ETHENEDIYL) BIS, DISODIUM SALT; DISODIUM 2,2′- ( [1,1′-BIPHENYL] -4,4′-DIYLDIVINYLENE) BIS (BENZENESULPHONATE) ; 4,4′-BIS (2-SODIOSULFOSTYRYL) BIPHENYL; BENZENESULFONIC ACID, 2,2′- ( (1,1′-BIPHENYL) -4,4′-DIYLDI-2,1-ETHENEDIYL) BIS-, DISODIUM SALT; CBS-X; DISODIUM 4′,4”-BI (STILBENE-2,2”’-DISULFONATE) ; DISODIUM 4,4′-BIS (2-SULFOSTYRYL) BIPHENYL; DSBP; FAT 65029/G; FBA 351

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)

 

Sources:

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. http://www.pubmed.gov.