Anyone paying real attention to how we are sacrificing our health and grassroots social confidence for the sake of the more superficial “fashion” and capitalism?
The big problem with washing our clothes hygienically was the effect on high temperature upon colour and material: colours would fade and the material would with shrink, loosen, or denature in some other way.
The knee-jerk reaction of the merchants was to persuade us to wash clothes in cooler temperatures by introducing us to what was called new technology in washing powder, fresheners and washing machines: much like primitive societies were introduced to magic fire makers like tinder boxes.
One by one – lower temperatures DO NOT clean clothes properly. Try not using the fresheners/softeners along side them for an experiment and smell the clothes after drying.
Fresheners/ softeners – some are glorified perfume to hide the stinks left behind. Some actually are formulated to kill bacteria. Here’s the kicker with the latter: they don’t differentiate between good and bad bacteria.
Part of our bodies’ defence against disease and everyday respiration is a battery of symbiotic microorganisms which bolster our resistance against infection by fighting off harmful bacteria and help defend against deadly viruses, chemicals and radiation.
Do we imagine that contact dosed with modern reagents does not have a detrimental effect upon these? Do we ever hear in adverts that our detergents, softeners, and fresheners are specifically formulated to avoid killing these friendly symbiotes?
Duped by technology and white-coated actors we believe that all these chemicals in what we wear close to our biggest organ – our skin – are benevolent. Yet how many of us have noticed marked “allergies” to certain products?
In times where we can produce material which can be boiled to dispense with all smelly and germ-laded clothing and leave us with the security that our clothing is actually clean and not harbouring layer upon layer of camouflaged micro-vermin, the industrial machine chooses to put profit above sanitation.
We have regressed to Victorian sophisticated squalor and don’t look to be improving anytime soon.
And as to designing washing machines which will not boil for the purpose of “energy-efficiency”? Well, how honest is that? Are they not just making things easier for themselves so they don’t have to spend more in R&D designing something that uses less electricity to produce more heat and use materials which will not corrode quicker at that temperature?
But then that’s another discussion, linked to all modern design, from the humble light-bulb up.