Ingredients to Avoid in Household Products

Here is my list of questionable and not so questionable Ingredients to Avoid in Household Products and why I avoid them. Some of these ingredients are used in products labeled “all natural,” so check the ingredient list before you buy.

Ingredients to Avoid in Household Products

Why I Avoid Them

2-Butoxyethanol/diethylene glycol Nervous system depressant, reproductive toxin, skin and eye irritant
Acetone Neurotoxin , skin and eye irritant and reproductive toxin
Aerosols Neurotoxins, nervous systems depressants and possible carcinogens
Ammonia (also ammonium hydroxide) Irritant with long list of negative side effects
Benzene Known carcinogen
Bleach (sodium hypochlorite) Irritant and potential neurotoxin
Butyl cellosolve Long list of negative side effects
Chlorine Respiratory irritant and possible carcinogen
Diethanolamine (DEA), monoethanolamine (MEA), triethanolamine (TEA) Endocrine system disruptors and probable carcinogens. Banned in the EU
D-limonene Neurotoxin, irritant and possible carcinogen
Ethoxylated nonyl phenol Endocrine system disruptor and irritant
Ethylbenzene Possible carcinogen
Ethylene oxide Known carcinogen
Formaldehyde/formaldehyde releasers (broponol, DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl & imidazolidinyl urea & quaternium-15) Known carcinogens with long list of negative side effects. Banned in the EU
Fragrance (also parfum) Toxins and carcinogens with long lists of negative side effects
Glycol ethers (phenoxyethanol) Eye and skin irritants and nervous system depressant
Hydrochloric acid Corrosive with long list of negative side effects
Methanol Highly toxic with long list of negative side effects
Methylene chloride Neuro and reproductive toxin that can cause liver and brain damage
Methylisothiazolinone, methylchloroisothiazolinone & benzisothiazolinone Possible neurotoxins with negative side effects
Morpholine Irritant that can cause blindness and long list of negative side effects
Naphthalene Possible carcinogen
Nonylphenol ethoxylate (NPE) Reproductive toxin and possible carcinogen
Paradichlorobenzene Possible carcinogen with long list of negative side effects
Perchloroethylene Possible carcinogen with long list of negative side effects
Petroleum (also petrolatum or mineral oil) Possible carcinogens
Phenols/chlorinated phenols Skin irritants that can cause respiratory and circulatory system issues
Phosphoric acid Irritant that can burn skin/eyes and toxic to central nervous system
Phthalates Endocrine system disruptors and possible carcinogens
Quaternary ammonium compounds (Quats) Irritants and sensitizers with long list of negative side effects
Sodium dichloroisocyanurate dehydrate Irritant with long list of negative side effects
Sodium hydroxide (derivative of lye) Corrosive with long list of negative side effects
Sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate Skin irritant and possible carcinogen with long list of negative side effects
Synthetic colors (FD&C Red #40, Blue #1, Yellow #5, etc.) Carcinogens that can cause skin sensitivity and irritation
Toluene (may be hidden in fragrance) Reproductive toxin with long list of negative side effects
Triclosan & triclocarban Endocrine system disruptors with long list of negative side effects
Turpentine Eye irritant with long list of negative side effects
Xylene Neurotoxin with long list of negative side effects

For more information on ingredients and health and environmental concerns visit Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning or Good Guide. Note: always check the product ingredient list before you buy.

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