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Chemicals You Avoid

What You Avoid When You Buy Earth Friendly Products

Compiled by Earth Friendly Products from Various Sources  

Chemicals used in conventional cleaning products and the associated health and environment issues

Petroleum derived surfactants and waxes

Suspected human carcinogen; contaminate blood; can damage immune, cardiovascular, reproductive, and respiratory systems.

Phosphates

Major water pollutant; encourages the growth of algae which eventually depletes the supply of oxygen in the water and leads to the death of fish and other organisms.

1,4-dioxane

Carcinogen; may cause cancer and suppress the immune system.

Formaldehyde

Skin, eye, nose mouth, throat and lung irritant; can lead to skin allergies, asthma attacks, and pulmonary edema

Caustics

Skin and eye irritant; pollutant

Chlorine bleach

Deadly; corrosive; lung, skin and eye irritant

Ammonia

Lung, skin and eye irritant; can cause bronchitis, pneumonia, chemical burns, cataracts, corneal damage, skin cancer

Sodium hypochlorate

Deadly; corrosive; lung, skin and eye irritant; responsible for the most household poisonings in the US

Phenol

Highly toxic; severely irritates and burns skin, eye, nose, mouth, throat, and lungs; internal consumption can lead to circulatory collapse, convulsions, cold sweats, coma, and death

Artificial fragrances

Skin irritant; headaches, sneezing, and watery eyes; induce or worsen respiratory problems

Petroleum solvents, petroleum detergents

Suspected human carcinogen, contaminate blood; can damage immune, cardiovascular, reproductive, and respiratory systems

Hydrochloric acid

Dissolves and destroys tender tissues; eye, nose, and throat irritant

Phosphoric acid

Eye, skin, and respiratory irritant; air and water pollutant

Synthetic oils

Eye irritant; asthma

Petroleum distillates

Suspected human carcinogen responsible for atmospheric emissions that contribute to global warming; can damage immune, cardiovascular, reproductive, and respiratory systems

Phthalates

Hormone disrupters

Sulphuric acid

 Corrosive; can cause burns, eye damage and blindness.