Guns are dangerous. And I mean more than just 'shoot yourself in the foot' dangerous, I mean erectile dysfunction dangerous.
Lead-based ammunition is the second largest use of lead in the United States. Lead is released at nearly every stage of firing a gun. When you fire a round, the combustion vaporizes lead used in primers and the bullet as it travels down the barrel. At the other end of the range, large amounts of lead are thrown out from bullet splash and target spalling. This is by far the highest concentration of lead, and a big risk of exposure, especially for anyone who has to collect targets and casings after shooting.
Lead can easily be inhaled or ingested without even realizing. Once in the body it gets into the bloodstream, and from there into organs and bones where it can be stored for decades. Lead poisoning affects everyone differently. It can be fast and aggressive, or slow with few noticeable symptoms and is known to cause neurological issues like mood disorders, memory lapses, and even the dreaded wang dangle.
Once you are poisoned, removing lead from the body is difficult and often ineffective for large quantities. Keeping the lead from getting inside your body is the best way to prevent poisoning, and that means making sure it’s not covering the outside of your body.
When washing contaminated clothes, only detergents made to remove heavy metal, like D-Lead, will work. Tide pods won't cut it. Heavy metals have a sticky, static charge that holds them in fabric and fibers. Other detergents will get the dirt out, but leave the metal dust behind. D-Lead Respirator & Laundry Detergent has a special solution that breaks the static bond and lifts the particles up off the surface. It is compatible with High Efficiency (HE) washers, so no need to scour Craigslist for a 1990s machine. As the lead is removed, it is also altered by the solution to be easier for wastewater treatment facilities to remove, so there’s no quarrels about washing that lead down the drain.
Lead poisoning is a serious matter that we all often overlook. It’s easy to just rinse off the gunpowder on your hands and call it good, but it’s not that simple. The lead you carry doesn't just harm you, it can harm your friends, family, and anyone you interact with, especially children. It’s like wiping your shoes, it just takes a minute, but you don’t want to track dirt on the nice carpet.
To clean fabric, use 1 ounce of D-Lead Respirator & Laundry Detergent per 10 pounds of laundry (1.5mL/kg). Do not use with other detergents.
To clean respirators, use 2 ounces of D-Lead Respirator & Laundry Detergent per 1 gallon of water (15 mL/L).
For a detailed guide on the best practices when washing leaded clothes, click here.
Removes: Lead, chromium, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, nickel, silver, zinc and other metals
- Compatible for use in High Efficiency (HE) washing machines
- Helps prevent transfer of heavy metal dust from clothing and respirators to skin