Tuesday, October 16, 2018

What Kind of Chemicals are in Your Cleaning Products?

Household cleaning products may get the job done when it comes to getting rid of grime, grease or soap scum. But that does not mean they do not have chemicals that can be harmful to people. Thus the usual emphasize on proper ventilation or air purification when using such products. Here's a look at some household cleaning products that may be more hazardous than you might think.

Air Fresheners

Air fresheners are used in many households to provide a pleasant aroma. However, these manufacturers have proprietary rights that allows them to withhold all the ingredients used in their aerosol products. Many air fresheners have something called phthalates, which can reduce sperm counts in men. Studies are limited as there are some negative associations that are still trying to be proved in phthalate-based air fresheners. 

Carpet Cleaners/Spot Removers

One of the active ingredients in carpet cleaners and spot removers is perchloroethylene, commonly called PERC. The fumes from these products can cause dizzy spells, coordination loss, headaches and other additional symptoms. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) is lobbying for the removal of products that contain PERC and has labeled them is a potential type of carcinogen.

Fabric Softener and Dryer Sheets

These products serve the purpose of making our clothes feel and smell fresh, but they use something called Quaternary Ammonium Compounds, which can cause certain skin conditions and dermatitis. Some studies have indicated that the cause of certain respiratory infections can be attributed to the continued exposure to Quaternary Ammonium Compounds. A Cleanstart system from Carolina Water Products can help eliminate this issue.

Bathroom Cleaners

Many products that are used to clean bathrooms have high concentrations of chlorine. This applies to sprays that remove mildew, cleaning products for toilet bowls and powder used to clean bathtubs and tile. The fumes have a negative effect on the respiratory system while making actual contact with these products can irritate the skin. There are natural home products that can be used as an alternative, such as vinegar and baking soda.

Dish Detergents

Some of these products contain an ingredient called triclosan, which is used to attack bacteria. However, studies have shown that certain bacteria can develop a resistance to products with triclosan. That results in the growth of new bacteria. Therefore, it is a good idea to read the labels when shopping for dish detergent and be aware of products with triclosan.


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