Strong chemicals are indispensable for many material processing and manufacturing tasks in the modern world, but the same cleaning solution that is used for industrial machinery is not what you should be using for your countertops.
This family of laundry and dish detergent additives accumulates readily once it makes its way into the water supply and the environment. They have been shown to cause pregnancy complications, cause hormone imbalances, alter human metabolism, and may be carcinogenic.
Perchloroethylene is used frequently in dry-cleaning and shows up in spot removers and upholstery cleaners. It's classified as probably carcinogenic by the International Agency for Research on Cancer and is connected with neurological damage.
- Chlorine Bleach
While lauded by many germaphobes for its ability to destroy nearly any living thing by chemically boiling them, bleach can be just as harmful to humans when touched or ingested.
- Diethanolamine (DEA)
A 2006 study found that this common shampoo additive can prevent brain development, especially in the memory structure known as the hippocampus.
- Sodium Hydroxide
If your flesh ever comes into contact with sodium hydroxide, better known as lye, there will be no mistaking the caustic action that is eating away whatever it touches. Lye is one of the most heavily produced cleaning agents in the world, and you'll find it commonly in oven and drain cleaners.
Phthalates are used to make plastics more pliable and as an ingredient in cleaning products like wood polishers and cosmetics. They are also believed to cause cancer.
You'll note the smell of ammonia when wiping the streaks off your glass and mirrors. Airborne ammonia can cause lung irritation and damage, especially to children, and it reacts readily with chlorine bleach to create a more actively poisonous gas.
Triclosan has been used in everything from antibacterial hand soaps to laundry detergent as an antibacterial agent. They have been linked with food allergies, can potentially react to create dioxins, and collect outside of sewage treatment plants where they inhibit key ecological processes like algae growth.
Choose Cleaning Products without these Harmful Additives
Whether you're scrubbing yourself or your home, you don't want to leave behind these dangerous chemicals that can cause lasting and serious harm to those you love the most. Instead, swap out your cleaning products for environmentally friendly alternatives which use naturally occurring cleaning agents to sanitize and shine.