#1 Household Cleaners

Common toxic chemicals found in our homes making their way into us and our children are:


Formaldehyde – Found in furniture polishers, car cleaners, disinfectants, rug and upholstery cleaners and toilet bowl cleaners.

Ethylbenzene – Found in bathroom tub and tile cleaners, floor and furniture polish, laundry starch preparations, and rug upholstery cleaners.

Petroleum Distillates (Petrochemicals) – Found in furniture polish and cleaners, lubricating oils, pet flea and tick products and collars, petroleum products, floor and furniture polish, dishwasher cleaners, aerosol sprays, and laundry detergents.


Chlorine – Found in dishwashing detergent, laundry detergent, kitchen and all purpose cleaners.

Note: Any substances containing chlorine, when mixed with ammonia, toilet bowl cleaners or vinegar will produce deadly toxic fumes (chloramines or chlorine gas).

Benzene – Used as optical brighteners (in surface cleaners, laundry and dishwashing detergents, surface polishers) and found in general performance sealants (PVAC, butyl, vinyl, etc.), laundry starch preparations, lubricating oils, scatter rugs, bath mats and bath sets.

Butyl Cellosolve – Found in window cleaners and other all-purpose-cleaning products.

Phenol – Found in disinfectants, antibacterial, antiseptics, hard surface cleaners, paint and varnish removers, and synthetic resin and rubber adhesives.


Biggest Offenders:


  • Dishwashing Detergents
  • Oven Cleaners
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Floor and Furniture Polishes
  • Air Fresheners
  • Toilet Bowl Cleaners
  • Antibacterial Cleaners and Soaps
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Hard-Surface Cleaners (esp. Kitchen Cleaners)
  • Carpet and upholstery cleaners





“Clean House, Clean Planet:” Cleaning Your House Pennies a Day-The Safe Nontoxic Way – Book by Karen Logan. Click Here to Purchase the Book.

Ecover – Click here to check out our favorite Ecover products.

CHEC Net—Provides you with a list of safe products to use in your home, especially if you have children.  This website is also a great resource to learn more on harmful chemicals and household products.



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  1. All these toxic products are sold in supermarkets together with food that we have to eat.
    Can we get the supermarket to store and sell the toxic products away from food.
    Not very nice when the chocolate tastes like washing powder.

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