Thursday, May 6, 2010
Green vs Toxic Cleaning Ingredients
• Baking Soda
• Hydrogen peroxide
• Lemon juice
• Plant essential oils
• Table salt
• Vegetable oil
• Washing soda
• White vinegar
• Alkylphenol Ethoxylates (APEs)
• Chlorine Bleach
• Fragrance (synthetic, likely contains phthalates)
• Glycol ethers
• Nonylphenols (NPEs)
• Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)
• Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
• Triclosan (antibacterial)
Excerpted from my book, Do One Green Thing: Saving the Earth Through Simple, Everyday Choices
For the dirt on glycol ethers in cleaing products, particularly when they react to other ingredients such as terpenes, click here.
Phthalates, suspect hormone disrupters that have been connected to reproductive system deformities in male infants and obesity in adults, have recently been linked to attention deficit disorders.
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