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Corey Breneisen makes natural soaps

Published:Saturday | April 18, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams
Corey Breneisen puts dyed fabric to dry.

JOHNS TOWN, St Thomas:

CLEANING DETERGENTS are as much a part of our lives, as food is. Whether for the dishes, laundry, or the floor, we use detergents every day. And they leave us and our surroundings feeling clean and fresh. But do we know exactly what makes up the cleaners we treasure, and what they can do to our biosystem?

The household cleaners that we use invariably are made of synthetic compounds, potentially harmful. An Internet search has revealed that commercial cleaners are replete with chemicals that can cause serious illnesses, and eventually death.

Corey Breneisen, of Johns Town, St Thomas, is very much aware of the harmful effects of the use of chemical detergents, and, as such, is producing a line of products that are devoid of harmful chemicals. Her own research has found that "some of the ingredients found in these detergents include artificial colours, such as Red #33 and titanium dioxide, which are known allergens, and titanium dioxide is a suspected carcinogen".

She continued: "The sulphates which are added to induce a high foaming action are skin irritants, as well as possible neurotoxins and organ toxins. Sulphates can change the biomolecular structure of your cells, which will eventually lead to cancer. The pleasant smells associated with commercial cleaners are also synthetic and can cause respiratory illness."

The idea to make natural soaps came nine years ago she said, when her baby was born. "I wanted to protect him from all the harshness in the world, including the toxins that have become commonplace in our modern homes. I began by making the laundry soap and all-purpose cleaner. As our household grew, so did the product line," she shared.

The product line uses natural ingredients, such as coconut oil, olive oil, baking soda, washing soda, and essential oils (naturally derived from plants) for scent. "I do not use any dyes to colour my products. Nor do I add foaming agents to make lots of bubbles," Breneisen informed Rural Xpress, recently. But, do these natural ingredients get the job done?

"One question I am always asked is, 'Does it foam up?' Natural soaps will lather, but not in the same quantities that commercial detergents do. I have to remind people that bubbles do not equal clean. It is actually the oils in the soap that gets rid of the dirt. The first reaction from my customers is surprise. So when people take my products home, they are happily surprised that they work just as well, if not better in some instances," Breneisen said.

At Rae Marie Fine Soaps and Textiles, Breneisen produces all-natural liquid laundry soap, gentle laundry soap for babies, all-natural powdered laundry soap, laundry stain stick, powdered fabric softener, all-purpose cleaner for the kitchen and bathroom, all-natural dishwashing liquid, soft-scrub cleaner for tiles and counter tops.

"The benefit of using these natural products is that you are not exposing yourself and your family members to harsh chemicals. You would be surprised to learn what that long list of unpronounceable ingredients on the back of your laundry detergent bottle is actually doing to you!" she told Rural Xpress recently. "Our skin is our biggest organ. Daily exposure to these chemicals over a lifetime of use will wreak havoc on our biosystems".