Find the Hidden Toxic Chemicals in Your Household Products
Did you know that the chemicals in our household products are constantly giving off gases? It’s a process known as “off gassing” and it is a health hazard. We know that many of these products are life threatening if swallowed and that they can cause burns if left on our skin. But inhaling fumes and gases poses just as much of a threat to our health. That’s why is it so important to be aware of what you are bringing into your home.
What Empowered Consumers Do:
There are several ways that you can avoid bringing these hazardous chemicals into your home.
- First, be sure to look at the labels on the front and back of the package. If you see any “warnings” or words like “toxic”, “poison” or “hazardous”, avoid using this product.
- Companies are not legally obligated to disclose all the ingredients in their products. If you don’t see any “list of ingredients” then avoid this product. Transparency is a sign that a company wants to gain your trust.
- Read the list of ingredients. If you can’t pronounce it or it sounds like it was made in a lab then avoid the product. Look for products with plant-based ingredients. The rule of thumb is the fewer ingredients the better.
- Look for products that are eco-friendly meaning they are biodegradable or made with recycled materials. Be sure that they also claim to be non-toxic or environmentally friendly.
- Avoid products that have strong toxic odors. They usually contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are hazardous air pollutants. Also avoid products that use synthetic fragrances.
Know What To Look For:
|Alkyl phenoxy ethoxylates (APEs)|
|Alkanol amines (MEA, DEA, TEA)||Alkyl ammonium chloride||Alkyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride|
|Dimethicone||Dioxane||Ethylene diamine tetra acetate|
|Glycol, Glycol ethers||Hydrochloric acid||Naphthalene|
|Quaternary ammonium compounds|
|Sodium hydroxide||Sodium hypochlorite||Sulfuric acid|
|Toluene||Triclosan||Trisodium nitrilotriacete (NTA)|