Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Indoor toxicity

Indoor pollution is particularly harmful to your health because just one application of a typical household cleaner can leave dangerous chemicals lingering in your indoor air for hours at a time. For people who spend a large amount of their day indoors, this can amount to a frequent chemical attacks on your lungs.
Some of the ingredients in common household cleaners, laundry detergents, and even "green" cleaners that can create a toxic indoor environment include:

Glycol ethers – Widespread use in paints, perfumes, soaps, cosmetics and foods. Cause fatigue, lethargy, nausea, and possible liver and kidney damage.

Phthalates – Cause reproductive harm, endocrine disruption, cancer, organ damage.

Perfumes – Cause headaches, sinus problems, asthma, may cause intoxication and "addiction."

Phosphates - Manufacturers have reduced eliminated phosphates from laundry products, but no action has ever been taken on dishwasher detergents. Causes widespread environmental damage.

Nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs), a common ingredient in laundry detergents and all-purpose cleaners, is banned in Europe, and known to be a potent endocrine disrupter. It's already thought to be the cause of male fish transforming into females in waterways around the world!

Formaldehyde, found in spray and wick deodorizers, is a suspected carcinogen.

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including 1,4-dichlorobenzene – Cause nose and throat irritation, dizziness, asthma.

Petroleum solvents in floor cleaners may damage mucous membranes.

Butyl cellosolve, found in many all-purpose and window cleaners. May damage your kidneys, bone marrow, liver and nervous system.

Ammonia – irritating to the skin, eyes and lungs.
Chlorine – irritating to the skin, eyes and lungs.

Ethanolamines – irritating to the skin, eyes and lungs.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate - skin irritant, eye irritant, potential cancer causer.

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