Health concerns about Samsung Silvercare washer?

suevaniSeptember 7, 2009

I was all set to buy the Samsung 448 Silvercare washer with steam. Then I read some reports about the health hazards involving the silver used in the silvercare cycle. Is this something to be concerned about? Could wearing clothing washed in this cycle be dangerous to one's health? If I decide against this machine, I would be going with the Electrolux IQ touch model (which doesn't have steam). I had thought for a bit more money than the entry level Electrolux, I would go with the Samsung 448 because it has the steam option. However, if this is going to pose health risks, I'd rather skip the steam and go with the Electrolux.

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Could you tell me where you read about the health risks? I have the 328's and use the silvercare some, but hadn't heard about any health risks. But, that being said, it doesn't mean I will no longer use it. Perhaps if I had young children, but we are in our 50's (empty nesters) so I feel fairly certain when we die, the cause of death won't be related to our laundry LOL! I was just curious as to what the health risks are.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2009 at 7:03PM
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If you google health and environmental issues with Samsung silvercare washer-- related articles will pop up. Apparently the machine has been categorized as a pesticide by the EPA and there has been an attempt to ban the silvercare in Germany. I'm not sure if this is hype or paranoia, but I thought that it was worth investigating.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2009 at 12:25AM
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I never really understood what the big selling point of Silvercare was in the first place? Regular washing & drying is supposed to almost always be enough to remove most of the nasty bugs that live on laundry. Heck, the CDC even says that it is effective enough for MRSA (see link below.)

I.e. if your clothes still smell or have bugs on them after you wash them without Silvercare vs. with, perhaps you should find a more effective washing machine and/or detergent that does the job without gimmicks?

Here is a link that might be useful: CDC MRSA laundry guidelines

    Bookmark   September 9, 2009 at 3:41PM
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well that's interesting to know, but did you know the hepatitis virus can live up to 2 weeks under your finger nails? Now if I have blood splatters on my scrubs, and there's a remote possibility that that person could have hepatitis, its nice to think that I can still "sanitize" them without bleaching them. I am vaccinated for Hep B, and so are my boys (grown now) but my husband is not. So I'll go on thinking I do good by using my Silvercare option. :)

    Bookmark   September 9, 2009 at 6:11PM
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I wish this site would let you edit your posts. Anyhow, I used Hep B as an example. I personally am vaccinated for Hep B, but my husband is not. When is comes to my work clothes (I'm a dental hygienist) I will use anything I can to prevent the spread of communicable diseases.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2009 at 6:18PM
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Samsung has yet to demonstrate the effectiveness of it's silver care. They claimed a 99.9% reduction in bacteria versus an unwashed dirty load of laundry. They did not compare it to laundry that was washed in a machine without the silver care. For all we know a regular washing without silver care under the same controlled conditions would have produced a 99.9% reduction in bacteria. Until some real testing and data collection is done I'm skeptical of believing their claims. With that said, the amount of silver used would not be a health or environmental hazard.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2009 at 3:51PM
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If you were considering samsung then you might want to consider the kenmore elite that is based on the samsung 218 .... only it has the diamond drum (smaller holes), AST2 (1300 RPM?? VRT with samsung), and a front "trap/drain" ( catches earring studs etc) features.

No silvercare, so its cheaper (and an excellent power consumption rating) ... it does have a "sanitize" option (heats the water to 150 deg).

I have only had mine 2 days and just done a couple of comforters .... they came out great. I like the odds of better service from sears over the local samsung service.


    Bookmark   September 11, 2009 at 11:26AM
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I haven't looked directly at any of the information available about this machine, but wanted to throw in that if the EPA registers it as a pesticide, that is the same as classifying it as a disinfectant (which I believe is what the claim is for). The EPA registers all disinfectants as pesticides (including chlorine bleach).

    Bookmark   September 11, 2009 at 2:51PM
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Silver is just a mineral. It's certainly no more harmful than bleach or any of the other myriad chemicals we use to wash clothes. Silver is used in hospitals to enhance healing, especially on burns.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2009 at 6:00PM
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Silver is actually a great natural antibiotic if you use the proper formulation. There is a product on the market called Silver Biotics that I use ALL the time and I wouldn't be without it. I've used it for my cat, he had a sore on his paw that was really infected and smelled really bad, after a few days of silver biotics, it was healed up and the infection was gone. I've used it several times when I felt something coming on. My point is I think you're safe with the silver care in your washer. Back in the older days there was a condition that caused your skin to turn blue/gray from people taking silver supplements but they were ingesting silver in very high concentrations. Another interesting footnote.....During the plague, a lot of the "rich" people seemed to survive and it was suggested that perhaps it was because they could afford "silver" utensils ...I've also heard where people who were sick would drop silver coins in a glass of water and drink the glass of water to fight infection. Silver is great if used properly.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2009 at 3:30AM
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