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6 harmful cleaning chemicals you didn't know you were using!

BY KAI LING TANG | 15 May 17 Comments

How many of us have actually made the conscious effort to check the ingredients list on our cleaning detergents before purchasing them? More often than not we do not really care what goes into our washing machines and onto our clothes as long as they get the job done. We assume they are safe, but in fact many common household cleaners are toxic and can potentially be detrimental to your health. Read on to learn about these common ingredients, and find out which product is safer to use instead!

       1. Phthalates

Difficult to pronounce, and even more difficult to detect, Phthalates are found in many fragranced household products, such as air fresheners, dish soap, and even toilet paper. Symptoms of a reaction to Phthalates include irritation of the eyes, skin, nose, and throat, headache, dizziness, and nausea. Because of proprietary laws, companies do not have to disclose what is in their fragrances, so you will rarely find phthalates on a label;however if you see the word ‘fragrance’ on a bottle, there is a high chance there are phthalates present. 


Look out for: Parfum/Perfume


       2. Sulfates

A common ingredient in personal care products, sodium lauryl sulfate, or SLS, is an additive that allows cleaning products to foam and give a nice lather. Sulfates in large doses may cause skin irritation in the form of peeling, dry or itchy skin, rash, or scaling, particularly for those who are prone to allergies.  SLS can also be plant-based; however, make sure that the product has the right non-irritation certifications!


Look out for: SLS, Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), Sodium Coco Sulfate


        3. Ammonia

Ammonia evaporates at room temperature, turning into a colorless, toxic vapor that, when inhaled, can be dangerous, especially for those with breathing problems or asthma. Significant ammonia exposure can cause chronic bronchitis and asthma to develop.


       4. Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is a colorless, flammable, strong-smelling chemical that is used many household products such as disinfectants and fabric softeners. Exposure can cause individuals to experience adverse effects such as watery eyes, burning sensations in the eyes, nose, and throat, coughing, wheezing, nausea, as well as skin irritation.


       5. 1-4 Dioxane

This compound is irritating to the eyes and respiratory tract. Exposure may cause damage to the central nervous system, liver and kidneys. It has even been classified as a probable human carcinogen.


Look out for: SLES, Alcohol Ethoxylates


        6. Quats

Quaternary ammonium compounds (Quats) are commonly found in commercial fabric softeners. Quats can display a range of health effects, amongst which are mild skin and respiratory irritation, nausea and vomiting, and, in severe cases, even death.


Look out for: diethyl ester dimethyl ammonium chloride, dialkyl dimethyl ammonium methyl sulfate

Now, we understand that these are a lot of ingredients to look out for (remember, if you don’t know them, look them up!) , and picking out a new cleaning detergent could not be more stressful! This is why you should turn to products containing natural ingredients that are not only safe for everyone in your family but safe for the earth as well!

We recommend using PiPPER STANDARD laundry detergent and fabric softeners, which use a patented pineapple fermentation technology, without chemical ingredients altogether. All of their products are non-irritation and biodegradable certified, and are also free of any known allergens referenced by the U.S. FDA approved allergen patch test, meaning they are safe for the whole family, including infants and those with sensitive skin! They also produce fabric softener without Quats. Their Pineapple Power also cleans as well (or even better) than most chemical brands, just without the toxins.

Furthermore, PiPPER STANDARD’s pineapples go through a high-standard selection process, purchased directly from local farmers to develop the rural economy in Nakornsawan, Thailand. They select only qualified pineapples to be cleaned and fermented using a processing facility recognized with international certifications.

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