5 Toxic ingredients that can be found in common cleaning products

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In order to live a healthy lifestyle, you need to keep your home environment clean and free of harmful pollutants and toxins.

Most people tend to use commercial cleaning products and disinfectants to keep their immediate living environment pristine and spotless. However, there may be hidden dangers lurking in your cleaning products that can negatively affect your overall health. (h/t to TheEcoHub.com)

The vast majority of mainstream cleaning products on grocery store shelves contain harmful chemicals and toxins that can directly harm you just as much as they can eliminate dangerous microbes and pathogens.

Here are five toxic ingredients that can be found in cleaning products.

2-Butoxyethanol (2-BE)

Often used as a solvent, 2-Butoxyethanol or 2-BE is a colorless, flammable liquid often found in laundry stain removers, windshield wiper fluid, rust removers and degreasers, as well as in window, kitchen, glass and carpet cleaners and other multipurpose cleaning solutions. As a part of the family of glycol ethers, 2-BE can cause sore throat, headaches, vomiting and eye and nose irritation when inhaled. In larger doses, it has also been associated with pulmonary edema, narcosis and severe kidney and liver damage.

Triclosan (TSC)

Due to its antibacterial properties, triclosan or TSC is usually added to toothpaste and mouthwash formulas, soaps, hand sanitizers, deodorants, cosmetics, cleaning supplies, laundry detergents and dishwashing detergents. It has been classified as both an eye and skin irritant by the European Union. Additionally, it is a suspected endocrine disruptor that can interfere with your healthy hormone function and impair your cognitive, reproductive and immune health.

Phthalates

Phthalates refer to a group of hormone-disrupting chemicals that are frequently used as solvents in industrial fragrances, air fresheners and scented cleaning products. They are often called “everywhere chemicals” since they can be found virtually everywhere from soaps and detergents to cosmetics and personal care products. Not only are phthalates potential endocrine disruptors, but they are also known to irritate your eyes, skin and the mucus membrane of your nasal and oral cavities.

Ammonia

Composed of oxygen and nitrogen, ammonia is an alkaline additive used to remove grease, dirt and stains from fabrics. Often utilized in numerous household and industrial-strength cleaning solutions, this colorless gas is known for its highly irritating and pungent odor – inhalation of which can lead to severe lung, mouth, throat, eye and skin irritation. In higher doses, it may even result in bronchitis. When it enters the body, ammonia can react with water to create a caustic substance known as ammonium hydroxide.

Quaternary ammonium compounds (QUATS)

QUATS refer to a group of harsh chemicals that are found in fabric softeners, liquid laundry and household detergents, all-purpose cleaners, stain removers, degreasers, toilet bowl cleaners, air fresheners and car wash products. Because they are so often used as antibacterial agents and active ingredients in disinfectant sprays, hand soaps and sanitizers, the overuse of QUATS has contributed to the rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria and pathogens. (Related: Cleaning products linked to antibiotic resistance: Use plant-based non-toxic cleaners instead, urge experts.)

Switch to cleaning products made with non-toxic ingredients

If you want to reduce your risk of exposure to harmful chemicals and toxins, you need to make the switch to cleaning products that are made from safe and non-toxic ingredients.

Fortunately, the Health Ranger Store is here to help protect you and your loved ones from dangerous chemicals. That’s why we are offering you our premium selection of All Purpose Non-Toxic Cleaner Concentrate and Detergent Powders.

Unlike most commercially available cleaning products, our non-toxic cleaner concentrate soap and detergent powders contain no hidden toxins, dyes, abrasives or perfumes. Instead, they are made from only from safe and non-toxic ingredients. Made with saponified organic coconut, olive and jojoba oils and a premium blend of essential oils, our all purpose non-toxic cleaner concentrate soap is non-GMO and lab tested for glyphosate, heavy metals and microbiology.

This highly versatile cleaner is safe for you, your family and your home environment, making it an ideal all-natural cleaning solution for a variety of uses.

Visit Health Ranger Store and Brighteon Store for more safe, non-toxic cleaning supplies that are perfect for your prepping needs.

Watch the video below to learn more about our All Purpose Non-Toxic Cleaner Concentrate from the Health Ranger Store.

This video is from the Health Ranger Store channel on Brighteon.com.

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Recipes for DIY cleaning products that can help you clean better and save money.

Sources include:

TheEcoHub.com

EthicalConsumer.org

HealthRangerStore.com 1

HealthRangerStore.com 2

Brighteon.com

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