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A Full List of Bad Ingredients to Avoid

A list of bad ingredents to avoid in common household products, via SustainableBabySteps.com

It's insane how many unbelievably bad ingredients most people use in their household every day.

With side effects ranging from irritation and asthma, to neurotoxicity and cancer, and found in nearly everything most people stock their homes with, it's no wonder we're getting sicker and sicker.

The real frustration is how little of this information is actually known by consumers. Because although your cleaning product or other household product may not list these bad ingredients that doesn't mean they aren't there. Most ingredients' information is not disclosed, both in not being listed on the label and in not disclosing the data about its effects. And one look at the information below and it's no wonder why.

What might happen if each of these ingredients and their affects had to be listed on each label? I think it would change a few minds in favor of all-natural household products for one. And maybe having us reassess our some other aspects of our lifestyle that require us to use such chemicals in the first place.

Take a look at these bad ingredients and ask yourself if you're really willing to sacrifice your health when there are healthy and safe alternatives.

List of Hazardous Ingredients

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This ingredients list covers only known health affects of common household products; it does not cover food, cosmetics, etc, and does not include the environmental affects of these ingredients.

However, you'll find many of these bad ingredients are found in things like laundry detegent, paints, pet products, all-purpose cleaners, polishes and more products whose ingredients you likely come in close contact with.

  • Acetone - Skin and eye irritant. Neurotoxin. Ingredients found in some adhesives, art products and paint removers/strippers.
  • Acetoxyphenylmercury - Neurotoxic. Teratogenic. Used in some paints.
  • Acid blue 9 - Carcinogenic. Used in some toilet bowl cleaners and deodorizers.
  • Alcohol, Denatured - Dangerous fire hazard. Irritant. Acutely poisonous.
  • Aliphatic hydrocarbons - Prolonged exposure to these ingredients may cause irritation to skin, digestive system, throat and lungs. Neurotoxic. Used in some car waxes.
  • Aliphatic naphtha - Eye irritant. Neurotoxic. Used in some furniture polishes.
  • Aliphatic petroleum distillate - Flammable. Eye and skin irritant. Neurotoxic. Used in some car cleaning products.
  • Aliphatic petroleum solvent - Moderately irritating to skin on prolonged contact. Neurotoxic. Used in some carpet cleaners.
  • Alkaline bacillus - Allergen. Ingredients found in some laundry soil and stain removers.
  • Alkylphenol - Eye irritant. May cause skin sensitization. May act on the body with weak estrongent effects. Used in some adhesives.
  • Allethrin - Eye and skin irritant. Can cause sudden swelling or face, eyelids, lips, mouth, and throat tissues, as well as hayfever-like symptoms. Neurotoxic. Damaging to the immune system. Highly toxic. Used in some pet-flea control products.
  • Aluminum - Inhalation of powder has been reported as a cause of lung disease. May be implicated as one of the factors in the onset or exacerbation of Alzheimer's disease. Used in some drain openers.
  • Aluminum silicate - Suggestive evidence of carcinogenicity; its hazard is in the dry state (e.g., when sanding or scraping). Used in some paints.
  • Ammonia - Undiluted, a powerful eye and systemic irritant that may cause severe burning paina nd corrosive damage, including chemical burns, cataracts and corneal damage. Mild exposure to vapors may cause respiratory irritation. Repeated or prolonged exposure ot vaoprs to may cause irritation, bronchitis, and pneumonia. Used in a wide range of household cleaning and auto products.
  • Ammonia chloride - Corrosive to the eyes; can cause permanent damage. Used in some toilet cleaners and deodorizers.
  • Ammonia hydroxide - Eye irritant. Used in some air freeshners.
  • Amorphous fumed silica - Eye, skin and respiratory irritant. Ingredients found in some fragrance pottery.
  • Aromatic hydrocarbon - Highly flammable. Heatin may cause pressure buildup and possible rupture of the container. Eye and skin irritant. May contain traces of benzene, which is carcinogenic. Neurotoxic. Used in some adhesives.
  • Barium - Moderate eye, skin and respiratory irritant. Used in some artist oil colors.
  • Bendiocarbon - Eye and skin irritant. Allergenic. Sensitizer. Neurotoxic. Used in some home and garden pesticides.
  • Butane - Flammable. Neurotoxic at high concentrations. Used as a propellant in a wide range of consumer aerosol products.
  • Butyl acetate - Flammable. Skin and eye irritant. Mild allergen. Neurotoxic. Used in shoe products.
  • Butyl celosolve - Also known as 2-butoxy-1-ethanol or ethylene glycolmonobutyl ether. Mild skin and eye irritant. Damages blood and body's ability to make blood, central nervous system, kidneys and liver. Readily absorbed through the skin. Neurotoxic. Used in some all-purpose cleaners, window cleaners and a wide range of other household cleaning products.
  • Cadmium - Inhalation affects respiratory system and kidneys. Carcinogenic. Teratogenic. Ingredients found in some artist oil colors.
  • Calcium carbonate - Moderate to severe eye irritant. Used in some all-purpose cleaners.
  • Calcium hypochloride - Can cause severe irritation of skin and mucous membranes. Used as a disinfectant in pool chlorine.
  • Calcium oxide - Characterized as a powerful caustic to living tissue. Used in some home and garden pesticides.
  • Carbaryl "Sevin" - Eye and skin irritant. Allergenic. Sensitizer. Highly neurotoxic; symptoms include increased salivation, coughing, difficult breathing, and phlegm. Associated with birth defects. Used in a wide range of pet-flea control products.
  • Chlorpyrifos "Dursban" - Severe eye, skin and respiratory irritant. Allergenic. Sensitizer. Highly neurotoxic. Significant reproductive effects. Commonly used by home exterminators for lawn care and in pesticide products sold in stores. Poses acute and chronic hazards to both pets and owners.
  • Cobalt - Carcinogenic. Used in some artist oil paints.
  • Cocodiethanolamide - Mild eye and skin irritant. Used in some interior and exterior cleaners and protectants.
  • Concentrated perfume oil - Mild eye irritant. Used in some air freshners.
  • Crytalline silica - Eye, skin and lung irritant. Carcinogenic. Its hazard occurs when it is in the dry, not liquid, state. Used in some highly popular brands of cleanser, cat litter, paints and some powdered flea control products for pets.
  • Cyanoacrylate ester - This ingredients combustible vapors can irritate the skin and eyes as well as mucous membranes. Used in some adhesives.
  • Cyclohexane - Flammable. Moderate eye, skin and respiratory irritant. Used in some adhesives.
  • Cyfluthrin - Eye and skin irritant. Can cause sudden swelling of face, eyelids, lips, mouth and throat tissues, as well as hay fever-like symptoms. Neurotoxic. Used in some pet flea-control products.
  • D-cis trans allethrin - Eye and skin irritant. Can cause sudden swelling of face, eyelids, lips, mouth and throat tissues, as well as hay fever-like symptoms. Neurotoxic. Used in some home and garden pesticides.
  • DEET - Eye and skin irritant. Sensitizer. Neurotoxic. Readily absorbed into skin. Used in some mosquito and insect repellants, as well as pet flea-control products.
  • Detergents and soaps (uncharacterized) - Can cause temporary respiratory tract irritation when in powder form (as in the case of laundry detergent) and mild to severe irritation of the eyes in both powder and liquid form (as in dishwashing liquids and other harsher liquid cleaning products). Symptoms of respiratory distress coughing, sore throat, wheezing, and temporary shortness of breath. Eye-related symptoms include stinging, tearing, itching, swelling, or redness. Used in some carpet cleaners, dishwashing products, laundry detergents, and a wide range of other household cleaning products.
  • Diazinon - Combustible. Corrosive to eyes. Severe eye and skin irritant. Allergenic. Sensitizer. Highly neurotoxic. Toxic to the fetus. Toxic to birds. Used in lawn pesticides and flea collars, as well as by home exterminators and lawn care companies.
  • 1,4-Dichlorobenzene (para-dichlorobenzene) - Carcinogenic. Highly volatile. Causes liver and kidney damage. Used in moth repellents and toilet deodorizers.
  • Dichlorodifluoromethane - Eye irritant. Neurotoxic. Used in some drain openers.
  • Dichlorvos (DDVP) - Eye and skin irritant. Allergenic. Sensitizer. Carcinogenic. Highly neurotoxic. Teratogenic: causes sperm and other reproductive abnormalities. Used in some no-pest strips, flea collars, and other pet flea-control products.
  • Diethanolamine (DEA) - Mild skin and severe eye irritant. Reacts with nitrates (added as undisclosed preservatives to some products or their raw materials or present as contaminants) to form highly carcinogenic nitrosamines. Nitrosamines have been shown to readily penetrate the skin. Used in a wide range of household cleaning products.
  • D-limonene - Eye and skin irritant. Sensitizer. Suggestive evidence of carcinogenicity. Neurotoxic. Teratogenic. Used in some paints and pet flea-control products and passed off as safe. Its safety is suspect.
  • Dimethylbenzyl ammonuim chloride - Severe eye and skin irritants. Used in some bathroom cleaners and toilet bowl cleaners and deodorizers.
  • Dimethyl ethylbenzyl ammonuim chloride - Severe eye and skin irritants. Used in some bathroom cleaners.
  • Dioctyl phthalate (di [2-ethylhexyl] phthalate) - Skin and severe eye irritant. Carcinogenic. Reproductive toxin. Used in adhesives and correction fluid (White Out).
  • Dipropylene glycol methyl ether - Eye and skin irritant. Used in some laundry soil and stain removers, car interior and exterior cleaners and protectants, and shoe products.
  • D-trans allethrin - Eye and skin irritant. Can cause sudden swelling of face, eyelids, lips, mouth, and throat tissues, as well as hay fever-like symptoms. Neurotoxic. Used in some pet flea-control products.
  • Ethoxylated alcohols - May be contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, which is carcinogenic and rapidly penetrates the skin.
  • Ethoxylated nonyl phenol - Eye and skin irritant. Ingredients found in some car bug, insect and tar removers.
  • Ethyl alcohol - Mild eye, skin and respiratory tract irritant. Used in air freshners, pet flea-control products, and a wide range of other household cleaning products.
  • Ethyl benzene - Neurotoxic. Used in some art products.
  • Ethyl glycol - Flammable. Eye, skin, respiratory irritant. Excessive exposure may cause kidney, blood and possible liver damage. Neurotoxic. Reproductive toxin. Absorbed through the skin. Used in antifreeze, metal polishes, stains, car waxes, and shoe products.
  • Ethylene glycol propyl ether - Eye and skin irritant. Neurotoxic. Used in some paints.
  • Feldspar - Mild respiratory irritant. Used in some all-purpose cleaners.
  • Fenvalerate - Highly neurotoxic to humans and pets. Can cause tingling and burning sensation of the hands and face. Sweden has discontinued its use among forestry workers. Used in some home and garden pesticides, as well as pet flea-control products.
  • Formaldehyde - Poisonous irritant to the skin, eyes, and mucous membranes. A sensitizer. Carcinogenic. Neurotoxic. Used in some furniture polishes, car cleaners and waxes, and a wide range of other consumer items, especially paints and related products.
  • Glycol ether - Eye irritant. Used in some household cleaning products.
  • Heptane - Flammable. Neurotoxic. Used in some shoe products.
  • Hexachlorobenzene (HCB) - Eye and skin irritant. Sensitizer. Carcinogenic. Neurtoxic. Teratogenic. Used in some artist's oil colors.
  • Hexane - Flammable. Eye, skin, and respiratory tract irritant. Neurotoxin. Used in some adhesives and art supplies.
  • Hydramethylnon - Carcinogenic. Used in some home and garden pesticides.
  • Hydrocarbon solvent - Slight to moderate skin irritant. Neurotoxic. Ingredients found in some furniture polishes and a wide range of other consumer products.
  • Hydrochloric acid - Corrosive. Severe eye, skin, and mucous membrane irritant; highly toxic if inhaled with unknown systemic effects. Inhalation of vaoprs may cause severe irritation of the respiratory system, coughing, and difficulty breathing. Used in some toilet bowl cleaners and deodorizers.
  • Iodine - Can cause stinging and burning of the eyes and conjunctivitis. Skin irritant. Used in some toilet bowl cleaners and deodorizers.
  • Isobutane - Flammable. Neurotoxic at high concentrations. Used as a propellant in aerosols.
  • Isobutyl acetate - Flammable. Skin and eye irritant. Used in some adhesives.
  • Isoparaffinic hydrocarbon - Moderate eye and skin irritant. Used in a wide range of household cleaning products, including air freshners and car waxes.
  • Isopropyl alcohol - Combustible. Can be a moderate eye irritant. Neurotoxic at high concentrations. Used in some carpet cleaners and car waxes.
  • Kerosene - Flammable. Slight to moderate skin and eye irritant. May contain traces of benzene, which is carcinogenic. Neurotoxic. Used in some furniture polishes and car waxes.
  • Lead - Carcinogenic. Neurotoxic. Reproductive effects. Used in some artist's oil paints.
  • Light petroleum distillates - Eye, skin and respiratory irritant. Can cause rashes of the skin. Neurotoxic. Repeated exposure has caused kidney and damage in experimental animals. Used in spot removers.
  • Limonene fraction terpenes - Eye, skin and respiratory irritant. Used in some spot removers.
  • Medium aliphatic hydrocarbons - Suggestive evidence of carcinogenicity. Used in some car waxes.
  • Medium aliphatic solvent naptha - Eye and skin irritant. Neurotoxic. Used in some auto products.
  • Methanol (methyl alcohol) - Severe eye and skin irritant. Can cause permanent blindness. Neurotoxic. Used in some paint removers and strippers and art products.
  • Methoxychlor - Eye and skin irritant. Sensitizer. Limited evidence of carcinogenicity. Reproductive toxin. Weak estrogen-like effects. Used in some pet flea-control products.
  • Methyl ethyl ketone - Eye, skin and respiratory irritant. Neurotoxic. Reproductive toxin. Used in thinners and adhesives.
  • Methylene chloride (dichloromethane) - Severe skin and moderate eyes irritant. Can cause irregular heartbeat, even heart attack, when inhaled. Carcinogenic. Neurotoxic. Used in some paint strippers and spray paints.
  • Mineral seal oil - Eye and skin irritant. Can cause dermatitis. Used in some furniture polishes.
  • Mineral spirits - Severe eye and skin irritant. Neurotoxic. Used in some floor cleaners, waxes, polishes, and many paints and related products.
  • Monethanolamine - Moderate skin, severe eye irritant. Used in some paint removers and stripper.
  • Morpholine - Moderate to severe eye, skin and mucous membrane irritant. Reacts with nitrates (added as undisclosed preservatives to some products or their raw materials or present as contaminants to form carcinogenic nitrosamines. Can cause kidney damage. Used in some furnitire polishes and car waxes.
  • Naled - Eye and skin irritant. Neurotoxin. Transformation product includes dichlorvos, which is carcinogenic and a reproductive toxin. Used in some pet flea-control products.
  • Naphthalene - Combustible. Eye and skin irritant. Can cause corneal damage and cataracts. Neurotoxin. Reproductive toxin: transported across the placenta and can cause blood damage. Used in some moth repellants and care waxes.
  • N-octyl bicycloheptene dicarboximide - eye and respiratory tract irritant. Used in some household and garden pesticides, as well as pet flea-control products.
  • nonionic surfactants - Eye irritant. Used in some toilet bowl cleaners and deodorizers.
  • Nonoxynol 4 - Eye and skin irritant. Used in some laundry soil and stain removers.
  • Nonylphenol ethoxylate - Mild eye irritant. Used in some air freshners.
  • Nonylphenol polyethylene oxide - Eye, skin and respiratory tract irritant. Used in some spot removers.
  • Nonylphenol resin - Skin and eye irritant. May cause skin sensitization. Used in some adhesives.
  • Oil of orange - Carcinogenic. Skin irritant. Used in some all-purpose cleaners, furniture polishes and spot removers.
  • Oleic diethanol amide - Eye and skin irritant. Used in some car waxes.
  • Ortho phenylphenol - Severe eye and skin irritant. EPA says it is probably carcinogenic to humans. Used in some air freshners and disinfectants.
  • Oxalic acid dihydrate - Moderate eye and skin irritant. Can be allergenic. Used in some cleaners.
  • Parabens (methyl, propyl) - Allergenic. Used as preservatives in some household products.
  • Permethrin - Eye and skin irritant. Can cause sudden swelling of face, eyelids, lips, mouth and throat tissues, as well as hay fever-like symptoms. Carcinogenic. Neurotoxic. Used in some household and garden pesticides, and pet flea-control products.
  • Petroleum distillates - Fire hazard. Eye, skin and respiratory irritant. Can cause conjunctivitis and dermatitis. May contain traces of benzene, which is carcinogenic. Mild to significant neurotoxic effects leading to organic brain damage. Used in a wide range of products, including heavy-duty cleaners, laundry stain removers, home and garden pesticides, pet flea-control products, and car waxes.
  • Petroleum hydrocarbons - Eye, skin and respiratory irritant. May contain traces of benzene, which is carcinogenic. Neurotoxic. Used in some furniture polishes.
  • Petroleum process oil - Eye, skin and respiratory tract irritant. May contain traces of benzene, which is carcinogenic. Used in some furniture polishes.
  • Petroleum solvents - Severe eye, skin and respiratory irritant. May contain traces of benzene, which is carcinogenic. Significant neurotoxic effects. Used in some floor cleaners, waxes, and polishes.
  • Petroleum spirits - Eye, skin, and respiratory irritant. May contain traces of benzene, which is carcinogenic. Neurotoxic. Used in some spot removers.
  • Phenothrin (sumithrin) - Eye and skin irritant. Can cause sudden swelling of face, eyelids, lips, mouth and throat tissues, as well as hay fever-like symptoms. Neurotoxic. Used in some pet flea-control products.
  • Phosphoric acid - Corrosive. Severe eye, skin, respiratory irritant. Breathing vapors can make lungs ache. Used in some bathroom cleaning products, especially those that remove lime and mildew and metal polishes.
  • Pine oil - Allergen. Very large doses can cause central nervous system depression. Used in a wide range of household cleaning products.
  • Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) - Causes dermatitis. Carcinogenic. Neurotoxic. Teratogenic. Used in some artist's oil paints.
  • Poly (methyl methacrylate) - Skin, eye, and respiratory irritant. Limited evidence of carcinogenicity. Used in some adhesives.
  • Polyoxyethylene oleyl ether - Moderate eye and skin irritant. Used in some air freshners.
  • Polystyrene resin solution - Flammable. Eye and skin irritant. used in some adhesives.
  • Propane - Flamable. Neurotoxic at high concentrations. An aerosol propellant used in a wide range of consumer products.
  • Propoxur - Carcinogenic. Neurotoxic. Used in home and garden pesticides.
  • Propylene glycol methyl ether - Mild to moderate eye, skin and respiratory irritant. Used in some carpet and car cleaning products.
  • Propylene oxide - Flammable. Skin and eye irritant. Carcinogenic. Neurotoxic. Used in some adhesives.
  • Proteinase - Allergenic. Used in laundry soil and stain removers.
  • Proteolytic enzymes - Mid eye irritant. May cause sensitization with symptoms ranging from mild hay fever and asthma to dermatitis. Used in some laundry soil and stain removers.
  • Pyrethrins - Allergenic. Neurotoxic. Used in some household and garden pesticides, as well as pet flea-control products.
  • Quaternary ammonium compound - Eye and skin irritant. Used in some all-purpose cleaners and laundry fabric softners.
  • Quaternary Dicco - Slight fire hazard. Moderate to severe skin an eye irritant; in some cases may cause skin burns and corneal damage to the eye. Used in some car interior and exterior cleaners and protectors.
  • Quaternium 15 - Eye and skin irritant. Allergen. Can release formaldehyde. Used in some hand and automatic dishwashing products.
  • Resmethrin - Can cause sudden swelling of face, eyelids, mouth, and throat tissues, as well as hay fever-like symptoms. Neurotoxic. Used in some pet flea-control products.
  • Rotenone - Skin irritant. Carcinogenic. Neurotoxic. Terogenic. Used in some pet flea-control products.
  • Silicone dioxide - Eye and skin irritant. Used in some auto products.
  • Silicone emulsion - Slight fire risk. Used in some interior and exterior car cleaners and protectants.
  • Sodium bisulfate - Corrosive ans damaging to the eyes, skin, and internal tissues. Can cause asthma attacks. Used in some toilet bowl cleaners and deodorizers.
  • Sodium dichloroisocyanurate dihydrate - Corrosive. Severe eye, skin, and respiratory irritant. Can form chlorine gas that can cause burning and watering of the eyes, as well as burning of the nose and mouth. Used in some toilet bowl cleaners and deodorizers.
  • Sodium 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetate (2,4-D) - Irritant. Sensitizer. Carcinogenic. Neurotoxic. Teratogenic. Used as a herbicide in lawn care products.
  • Sodium dithionate - Eye, skin, and respiratory irritant. Used in some spot removers.
  • Sodium dodecylbenzene sulfonate - Eye and skin irritant. Used in some laundry soil and stain removers.
  • Sodium hydroxide - Corrosive. Eye, skin and respiratory irritant. When highly concentrated as used in some drain openers and over cleaners, it can burn eyes, skin, and internal organs. Can be fatal if swallowed. Used in a wide range of household cleaners.
  • Sodium hypochlorite (bleach) - Corrosive. Eye, skin, and respiratory irritant. Sensitizer. Can be fatal if swallowed. Especially hazardous to people with heart conditions or asthma. Used in a wide range of household cleaners.
  • Sodium metasilicate - Corrosive. Severe eye, skin and respiratory irritant. Inhalation of dust can cause throat and lung damage. Used in some driveway and garage floor cleaners.
  • Sodium silicate - Can be corrosive. Can cause burns to the eyes and tissue damage to the skin, as well as cause burns to mouth, throat and stomach if swallowed. Used in some automatic dishwashing detergents and car interior and exterior cleaners and protectors.
  • Sodium sulfate - Corrosive. Severe eye, skin, and respiratory irritant. Can cause asthma attacks. Used in some toilet bowl cleaners and deodorizers.
  • Solvents (uncharacterized) - Eye, skin, and respiratory irritant. Neurotoxic. Used in some paint removers and strippers.
  • Solvent orange 3 dye/solvent red 49 dye - Carcinogenic. Used in some shoe polishes.
  • Starch - Allergenic. Used in some laundry starches.
  • Stoddard solvent - Slight fire hazard. Eye and mucous membrane irritant. Neurotoxic. Used in some auto, floor wax, and shoe products.
  • Sulfur - Poses minimal risks for eye, skin and respiratory irritation, as well as nausea and allergic sensitization.
  • Surfactants (uncharacterized) - Eye irritant. Used in a wide range of household cleaning products.
  • Talc - Carcinogenic when inhaled. Used in some home and garden pesticides.
  • Tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethlyene) - Eye, skin and respiratory irritant. Carcinogenic. Neurotoxic. Used in some spot removers.
  • Tetrachlorvinphos - Eye and skin irritant. Carcinogenic. Used in some pet flea-control products.
  • Tetrahydrofuran - Irritant to eyes and mucous membranes. Neurotoxic. Can cause injury to liver and kidneys. Used in some adhesive products.
  • Tetramethrin - Eye and skin irritant. Can cause sudden swelling of face, eyelids, lips, mouth, and throat tissues, as well as hay fever-like symptoms. Neurotoxic. Used in some pet flea- control products.
  • Tetrasodium EDTA - Eye irritant. Used in bathroom cleaners.
  • Titanium dioxide - Limited evidence of carcinogenicity. Hazardous, not as a liquid, but as a dust (as when paint containing titanium dioxide is being sanded or scraped). Used in some paints and shoe polishes.
  • Toluene - Eye and skin irritant. Can cause caridac sensitization. Neurotoxic. Reproductive effects. Used in some spot removers and art products.
  • 1,1,1-trichlloroethane - Moderate skin and severe eye irritant. Can sensitize the heart, cause cardiac arrest. Inadequate evidence to determine noncarcinogenicity. Significant neurotoxic effects. Used in some metal polishes, spot removers, household pesticides, and a wide range of other consumer products.
  • Tri (dimethylaminomethyl) phenol - Eye and skin irritant. May cause skin sensitization. Used in some adhesives.
  • Triethanolamine (TEA) - Eye and skin irritant. Can react with nitrates (added as undisclosed preservatives to some products or their raw materials or present as contaminants) to form carcinogenic nitrosamines. Nitrosamines have been shown to readily penetrate skin. Used in some liquid all-purpose cleaning products, metal polishes, spot removers, and other household cleaning products.
  • Tripropylene glycol monomethyl ether - Prolonged and repeated skin exposure to large doses can result in narcosis and kidney injury. Used in some floor cleaners, waxes, and polishes.
  • Trisodium nitrilotriacetate - Carcinogenic. Used in some bathroom cleaning products.
  • Turpentine - Flammable. Eye irritant. Can cause allergenic sensitization. Neurotoxic. Can cause serious irritation of the kidneys. Used in some furniture polishes, auto, art, and shoe products.
  • Urea - Skin irritant. Allergen. Used in some laundry soil and stain removers.
  • VM&P naphtha - Eye and skin irritant. Neurotoxic. Used in some furniture polishes.
  • Washing soda - Caustic. Can cause eye burns with potential injury on prolonged contact. Used in some laundry detergents.
  • White mineral oil - Eye and skin irritant. Neurotoxic. Used in some furniture polishes.
  • Xylene - Severe eye and moderate skin irritant. Significant neurotoxic effects. Reproductive effects. Used in some spot removers, car cleaners, paints, and other consumer products.

This list of bad ingredients is based on a list provided by The Safe Shopper's Bible: A Consumer's Guide to Nontoxic Household Products, Cosmetics and Food.

Although much in the book is helpful in understanding the dangers of common household products - from shoe polish to pesticide ingredients, carpet cleaner to paint to laundry detergent ingredients and so much more - I found the book to focus more on "proven safety", versus all-natural, organic practices, and ingredients that need no "proving" to be known as safe and eco-friendly.




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