Top 5 Dangerous Cleaning Ingredients To AvoidDec 20, 2014
Do you know what‚Äôs in your cleaning products? The chemicals in many household products can have negative effects on your family‚Äôs health. Toss these five chemicals from your cleaning cabinet and opt for something that‚Äôs safe for everyone! 1. PHTHALATES Phthalates are found in many household products from perfumes to dish soap and even toilet paper. Phthalates pose several health risks and are known endocrine disruptors. Safe Choice: Use naturally fragranced or all-natural products. Toss those aerosol home sprays and switch to a natural spray or essential oils and a diffuser to naturally scent the air. 2. TRICLOSAN Most liquid dishwashing detergents and ‚Äúantibacterial‚Äù hand soaps contain triclosan. Avoid this due to its promotion of the growth of drug-resistant bacteria. Safe Choice: Look for simple detergents and soaps with short ingredient lists and avoid antibacterial products with triclosan. 3. QUARTERNARY AMMONIUM COMPOUNDS Quarternary ammonium compounds or ‚Äúquats‚Äù can be found in fabric softeners and most ‚Äúantibacterial‚Äù household cleaners. Quats promote growth of antibiotic resistant bacteria, are a skin irritant and may contribute to asthma. Safe Choice: Try Natural HomeLogic Laundry Detergent as a safe alternative. 4. 2-BUTOXYETHANOL 2- butoxyethanol is found in window, kitchen and all-purpose cleaners. It may cause sore throats when inhaled. High levels of exposure can contribute to narcosis, pulmonary edema, and severe liver and kidney damage, according to the EPA. Safe Choice: Natural HomeLogic Glass Cleaner and Natural HomeLogic All Purpose Cleaner will give surfaces the same streak-free shine as other cleaning products and are much safer and pleasant to use. 5. AMMONIA Ammonia is commonly used in bathroom cleaning products, glass cleaner and jewelry cleaner. It is a powerful irritant that affects the eyes, throat, mouth, lungs and skin. Frequent exposure can contribute to bronchitis and asthma. Safe Choice: Steer clear of all ammonia and choose natural cleaning products that are non-irritating, such as a plant-based cleaner. Natural HomeLogic is 100% plant and mineral based.