Spring is just around the corner but before you start shopping for your annual spring cleaning, check out some news about household cleaners containing toxic ingredients. Learning about these potentially toxic chemicals is extremely important as these ingredients can be harmful to you and your family; instead, let nature do the dirty work for you.
Phthalates are known endocrine disruptors but are often found in air fresheners, dish soap, toilet paper, and other cleaners. If you see the word “fragrance” on a label, there’s a good chance phthalates are present because, by law, companies do not have to disclose what’s in their scents. Although exposure to phthalates mainly occurs through inhalation, it can also happen through skin contact with scented soaps or other personal care products.
Often found in window, kitchen, carpet, and multipurpose cleaners, 2-butoxyethanol/ethylene glycol butyl may cause blood disorders as well as liver and kidney damage. Additionally, it causes sore throats when inhaled and long-term exposure may contribute to necrosis, pulmonary edema, and may cause reproductive damage.
Widely used in toilet bowl cleaners, laundry whiteners, mildew removers, scouring powders and even in tap water, the health risks from chlorine can be acute, and chronic. Chlorine is a respiratory irritant at an acute level and is listed as a possible human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
4. Glycol Ethers
Found in cleaning products, liquid soaps, and a variety of household products glycol ethers are used as solvents. Acute exposure to these chemicals can result in necrosis, pulmonary edema and serious kidney and liver damage. Long-term exposure can cause fatigue, nausea, anemia, tremors and anorexia.
Often used in bathroom cleaners, polish products for sinks and jewelry, as well as in glass cleaners, ammonia is a powerful irritant that can develop serious health issues such as chronic bronchitis and asthma. Ammonia evaporates, doesn’t leave streaks and is known to cause irritation to eyes and mucous membranes, breathing difficulty, wheezing, chest pains, pulmonary edema, and skin burns. High exposure can lead to blindness, lung damage, heart attack or death. Ammonia can also create a poisonous gas when mixed with bleach.
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