Many popular household cleaning solutions like Fantastik and Formula 409 contain a synthetic solvent and grease cutter called butyl cellosolve. This hazardous petroleum-based chemical can irritate your skin and eyes, and repeated exposure to it can cause permanent liver and kidney damage, and impair the body’s ability to replenish blood supply.
Traditional scouring cleansers like Ajax & Comet contain crystalline silica, an eye, skin and lung irritant, classified as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen” by the National Institute of Environmental Health Science. Chlorine, commonly used, is also extremely harmful to the respiratory system.
Window cleaning sprays like Windex & Glass Plus contain ammonia, a suffocating gas, irritating to the eyes and respiratory tract. Many like Windex and Glass Plus, contain butyl cellosolve, a neurotoxin that’s easily absorbed through the skin.
Most well known powders like Tide, All, Gain & Dash contain corrosives that can burn the eyes and skin. Other chemicals include sodium bisulfate (a corrosive that can cause severe eye, skin and respiratory irritation), ethoxylated alcohols (which may contain I,4-dioxane, which is “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen”).
Two of the best selling brands of automatic dishwashing detergents, Cascade & Sun Light, contain phosphates and chlorine–two extremely toxic chemicals. Phosphates released into the environment rob lakes and ponds of oxygen, leading to the suffocation of aquatic plants and animals. Chlorine fumes are highly irritating to the eye, throat and respiratory tract. Inhaling them can cause headaches, burning eyes, and breathing difficulties.