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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Xtra Detergent & Fabric Softeners

I know... it sounds weird that laundry detergents and softeners can contain animal products in them - but they do. Who wants to cuddle up in their bedsheets which when tossed in the dryer had beef fat rubbed all over them? Bizarre! Okay so maybe that's a little far fetched haha, but technically speaking that's what happening!

Dear Lazeena:

Thank you for contacting us recently regarding XTRA® Liquid Laundry Detergent.
We appreciate your interest in our product.

While our XTRA® Detergents do not contain animal by-products, the fabric softeners and softener sheets do. Other ingredient information is considered proprietary.

Again, thank you for taking the time and having the interest to contact us.

CR
Consumer Relations Representative

From the response, we know that Xtra Detergent is an animal-free product, whereas the fabric softener sheets AND liquid does contain animal derived ingredients in the




7 comments:

Hell Fire Furious Muslimah said...

EEEEWWWW Why didn't you ask which animal and WHY!!! UGH!!!! Let the media hear this one yah!

Umm Ismail said...

oh man!! I wonder about Gain Detergent.

Barakaallaahu Feeki

ModestJustice said...

Wait so, animal by products are haram in any type of product we use?

What if there was beef meat in the fabric softners o-o?

I'm just trying to understand :]

Lazeena Umm Yusuf said...

Well, there is a difference of opinion on that (as basically every matter in Islam). The most common view is that any food or hygiene product contains any animal derivative in it, it is not lawful to use... this goes for food, soap, toothpaste, lip gloss/chap stick, lotion.. clothes go on your skin as well so it only makes sense that whatever is 'cleaning' it should matter too.

Anonymous said...

Salam. i've just found this blog. i want to ask about DAIA detergents and softeners. are they halal to be used? tq

Heather said...

Salaam,
Since I learned that most fabric softeners (potentially if not certainly) do use animal-derived fats, both liquid and sheet-type softeners, I switched to 'Seventh Generation' and a couple other organic brands. These brands clearly state on the label that their ingredients are plant-derived. I switched detergent brands, too, since detergents can use animal-derived ingredients.

It's more expensive, true - but if you have a Whole Foods in your area, they put the Seventh Generation detergents on sale (sometimes even half off) every few months, so I'd buy several then.

As far as fabric softener, I've found I can use about half of the suggested amount and still have acceptably soft and static-free clothes. That helps with the price, too.

Harun said...

What about alcohol?