Information on Cleaning Products
We offer products that have been used and tested by my mother who has multiple chemical sensitivity. We only offer products that have been tolerable to her and we hope that you can use them as well. Please email us if there is a product you are looking for and can not find on our website. Ingredients found in common household cleaning products:
- Petroleum Distillates (in metal polishes): short-term exposure can cause temporary eye clouding; longer exposure can damage the nervous system, skin, kidneys, and eyes;
- Sodium Hypochlorite (in chlorine bleach): if mixed with ammonia, releases toxic chloramine gas. Short-term exposure may cause mild asthmatic symptoms or more serious respiratory problems;
- Ammonia (in glass cleaners): eye irritant, can cause headaches and lung irritation;
- Phenol and Cresol (in disinfectants): corrosive; can cause diarrhea, fainting, dizziness, and kidney and liver damage;
- Nitrobenzene (in furniture and floor polishes): can cause skin discoloration, shallow breathing, vomiting, and death; associated with cancer and birth defects;
- Formaldehyde (a preservative in many products): suspected human carcinogen; strong irritant to eyes, throat, skin, and lungs.
- perchloroethylene or 1-1-1 trichloroethane solvents (in spot removers and carpet cleaners): can cause liver and kidney damage if ingested; perchloroethylene is an animal carcinogen and suspected human carcinogen;
- naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene (in mothballs): naphthalene is a suspected human carcinogen that may damage eyes, blood, liver, kidneys, skin, and the central nervous system; paradichlorobenzene can harm the central nervous system, liver, and kidneys;
- Hydrochloric Acid or Sodium Acid Sulfate (in toilet bowl cleaner) either can burn the skin or cause vomiting diarrhea and stomach burns if swallowed; also can cause blindness if inadvertently splashed in the eyes;
- residues from fabric softeners, as well as the fragrances commonly used in them, can be irritating to susceptible people;
possible ingredients of spray starch (aside from the starch) include formaldehyde, phenol, and pentachlorophenol; in addition, any aerosolized particle, including cornstarch, may irritate the lungs.
Laundry detergents, fabric softeners and dryer sheets that are free of petrochemicals and fragrance.
Cleaning products that are environmentally friendly, fragrance free and don't contain harmful synthetic chemicals.