7 Harmful Toxic Chemicals Found In Household Cleaning Products
Ammonia is a powerful household cleaner and is a colorless gas with a very sharp odor. Exposure to high concentrations of ammonia in air causes immediate burning of the eyes, nose, throat and respiratory tract and can result in blindness, lung damage or death. Inhalation of lower concentrations can cause coughing, and nose and throat irritation.
Chlorine is an element used in industry and found in some household products. During or immediately after exposure to dangerous concentrations of chlorine, the following signs and symptoms may develop: Blurred vision. Burning pain, redness, and blisters on the skin if exposed to gas. Skin injuries similar to frostbite can occur if it is exposed to liquid chlorine.
Triclosan is a chemical with antibacterial properties. For decades, triclosan has been added to personal care products, such as hand soaps and cosmetics, and materials ranging from athletic clothing to food packaging. When you use a product containing triclosan, you can absorb a small amount through your skin or mouth. Research has shown that triclosan alters hormone regulation in animals and might contribute to the development of antibiotic-resistant germs. All this can be harmful to the immune system.
Phthalates are a group of chemicals used in hundreds of products, such as toys, vinyl flooring and wall covering, detergents, lubricating oils, food packaging, pharmaceuticals, blood bags and tubing, and personal care products, such as nail polish, hair sprays, aftershave lotions, soaps, shampoos, perfumes and other fragrance preparations. Phthalates can damage the liver, kidneys, lungs, and reproductive system.
Formaldehyde can be found in some heavy-duty cleansers. It has been connected with the onset of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, a neurodegenerative disease that slowly eliminates the brain’s ability to control the body. In some cases, it can shift the balance of chemicals in the brain, which may lead to depression, mood swings, headaches, insomnia, irritability, and attention deficit.
2-Butoxyethanol is a common ingredient in multi-purpose cleaners and window sprays. You may recognize it by its sweet, slightly floral scent. It is a glycol ether solvent that helps break down dirt and oil. Extended exposure to 2-butoxyethanol can cause high-grade liver and kidney damage, narcosis, and pulmonary edema.
7. Perchloroethylene (PERC)
Perchloroethylene is a chemical found commonly in fabric cleaners, including those that dry clean clothes and pull food and beverages from carpets. It’s a potential carcinogen and neurotoxin if inhaled consistently over time, which can happen as you continually clean carpets.
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