It is not uncommon for you to worry about the chemicals that are added to the cleaning products which you use in your home. Most people would rather use all natural products, which contain no chemicals. While this is the safest way to clean your home, it is not always possible. It seems as though the more doctors, scientists, and manufacturers learn about the chemicals used in household cleaning products, the more they worry about what these chemicals could be doing to our health.
Household Chemicals Banned in the Last Few Decades
As people learn more about what certain chemicals can do to the health of you and your family, the faster these chemicals disappear from the shelves. Over the past few decades, you may have noticed that products that you normally have purchased have changed. This is because certain chemical have been banned, due to health concerns.
Dishwasher Detergents Containing Phosphates: In the 1980’s and 1990’s, most dishwasher detergents and other cleaning products contained phosphates. Over time, it was discovered that they contributed to algae blooms in water bodies where sewage plants were located. This caused water pollution. As a result of this discovery, most cleaning product manufactures had removed phosphates from their products. Soon, this became a mandatory ban. The only product which did not have this restriction was dishwashing products. Most manufacturers claimed that it was impossible to make these products without phosphates. That was not true then, and it is not true today. As a result of this find, in 2006, Washington passed legislation banning phosphates from all cleaning products, including dishwasher products.
Cleaning Products Containing Sodium Hypochlorite: There are several cleaning and disinfectant products, which contain sodium hypochlorite that have been banned in the United States over the past 20 to 30 years. This is because these products can irritate the nose and lungs. It can also cause burns on the skin. There have also been many complaints of dizziness, vomiting, and nausea in people who have used these products.
Window Washing and Waxing Products Containing Isopropanol (Methylethanol): Products containing this chemical have been banned since the 1980’s. Over time, hundreds of household cleaners have been recalled due to the dangerous effects of this chemical. Over the years, skin irritation, chemical burns, and respiratory issues have all been reported.
Household Cleaners With Dangerous Chemicals Which are Still on the Market
While U.S. Legislation and the EPA are banning certain chemicals and household cleaners, there are still hundreds of dangerous ones on the market. It is important to know which products are dangerous and why. This is the best way to protect your health and the health of your family.
Citra-Solv Cleaner & Degreaser: Because this product comes in orange, you may think that it is all natural and safe. This is not true. These sprays contain d-limonene. When this chemical reacts with the ozone in the air, it can form lung penetrating particles to enter your lungs, called carcinogen formaldehyde. This can cause respiratory problems.
Mr. Clean: Many people use this product because they believe that it is safe and effective. This is not entirely true. Mr. Clean products contain quatenary ammonium compounds. These compounds can trigger asthma attacks for those with compromised respiratory systems.
Whink Rust Stain Remover: This product boasts its ability to brighten up your toilet and sink. Its label also states in fine print, “may be fatal or cause permanent damage”. The chemicals in this product can penetrate the skin, and attack the underlying bone and tissue.
Spic and Span Multi-Surface Floor Cleaner: This product contains nonylphenol etoxylate. This ingredient is toxic to the environment and can also disrupt your hormonal system.
Ajax: Ajax has been available for almost 100 years. Considering that this product contains formaldheyde, a cancer causing agent, it is a wonder why this product has not been pulled off the shelves yet.
CVS Fume-Free Oven Cleaner: This product’s name says fume free, however, if it really was fume free, why would the label tell you to use in a ventilated area to protect yourself from harmful vapors. This product contains an ingredient which is linked to cancer.
Drano Professional Strength Kitchen Crystals Clog Remover: The label on this product states that it can cause blindness or death. If there are any crystals left lodged in the plumbing, it can mix with other products being washed down the drain, causing a very dangerous chemical reaction.
Simple Green Concentrated All-Purpose Cleaner: This product states that it is a green product, however, it contains 2-butoxyethanol, which is far from green. It is a solvent which soaks into the skin, and damages red blood cells. If you do not dilute the product like the label states, this product can be even more dangerous.
Scrubbing Bubbles Antibacterial Bathroom Cleaner: This product contains 10 percent of butoxydiglycol. It is a solvent which can irritate and inflame the lungs. Products containing this solvent have already been banned in Europe.
Up & Up: This product makes a toilet bowl cleaner and glass and surface wipes. The ingredients on the label list only two, therefore, you have no idea what is actually in this product.
Keeping your home clean is very important. A clean home looks nice and keeps your family healthy. It is important to know which products will clean your home safely, and which chemicals in cleaning products will clean your home while making you sick. Having this information can protect you and your family from serious health problems.
Tips on choosing safer products: EPA – Safer Choice