6 toxins found in common household cleaners


It’s easy to assume that household or personal cleaning products are clean. However, they are loaded with toxic chemicals that can have negative effects on our health.

There are no federal regulations related the safety standards when it comes to common household cleaning products. This means that manufacturers can put just about anything in these products, without any significant testing. They may claim that trace amounts of these chemicals pose no risk to our health in small doses, but consistent exposure to them over time can definitely have an impact.

At Fillaree, in Durham, we specialize in making organic, natural cleaning products that are safe for ourselves, families, pets, & the planet.

6 common toxins found in standard cleaning products that can be avoided by switching to a handmade alternative are:

·       Ammonia. Found in glass cleaners and furniture/silver polishes, this chemical is a respiratory irritant. Also, when mixed with bleach it produces a poisonous gas. Prolonged exposure can cause cases of chronic bronchitis and asthma.

·       Chlorine. A common ingredient found in scouring powders, toilet cleaners, and laundry detergents. It can cause respiratory issues and thyroid disruptions with long-term exposure.

·       Sodium Hydroxide. Also known as lye, this is found in oven cleaners and drain-unclogging liquids. It’s extremely corrosive and can cause chemical burns on skin, and damage to the mouth and throat if inhaled.

·       2-Butoxyethanol. This is found in kitchen, window and multipurpose cleaners. This is what gives the cleaners that sweet smell and there are no regulations that require this ingredient to be listed. However, when inhaled, it can also cause respiratory problems and even liver or kidney damage.

·       Phthalates. Fragranced cleaners, air fresheners, and even some toilet papers are loaded with these chemicals. Phthalates are a known endocrine disrupter, even causing low sperm counts in men. Most ingestion is inhalation, but fragranced soaps are dangerous as well since the skin absorbs the toxins directly.

·       Triclosan. Found in lots of dish detergents and antibacterial products. Triclosan is an antibacterial agent that can cause the growth of drug-resistant bacteria. Not only is this counterproductive for cleaning, but it’s harmful for our health in the long run.

These are just a select few chemicals found in every day products, hidden in plain sight underneath our kitchen sinks. Instead of posing a risk to our health, let’s start 2017 by making the switch to green cleaning products, made with care right here in Durham. Shop Fillaree to see all the natural options we can offer your family and home!