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How To Spot Toxic Ingredients On Cleaning Product Labels

Updated: Apr 19, 2023

It’s not so easy to find out what is REALLY in your cleaning products. The best place to start is by reading the ingredient labels, but oftentimes the labels only contain directions, warnings, and a few vague ingredients. Knowing what is in your cleaning products is essential for protecting your family from toxic elements.

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Here is list of ingredients to steer clear of when choosing your cleaning products:


Perchloroethylene (PERC) - a potential carcinogen and neurotoxin that is found most often in fabric cleaners.


Formaldehyde - linked to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and other nervous system damage as well as depression, mood swings, headaches, insomnia, irritability, and attention deficit. Formaldehyde is usually used in heavy-duty cleaners.


2-Butoxyethanol - can cause liver and kidney damage, narcosis, and pulmonary edema. It’s usually found in multi-purpose cleaners and window sprays.


Ammonia - is an irritant, especially for people with lung issues. Long term exposure can damage mucous membranes. Ammonia is most often used in glass cleaners.


Sodium Hydroxide -contact via skin or inhalation can cause serious burning reactions. This is often found in oven and drain cleaners.


Chlorine - can cause harm to the thyroid and irritate skin. Chlorine is usually used in toilet cleaners, mildew re movers and laundry whiteners.


Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) - can disrupt eye development and damage the skin. It’s used in dish soap, liquid laundry detergents, cleaning towelettes, and toilet bowl cleaners.


Triclosan - may interfere with hormones and contribute to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Triclosan can be found in dish soaps, disinfectants, hand washes and wipes.


Phenols - causes burns to skin, irritation of nervous and respiratory systems and damage to kidneys and the liver. It’s used in air fresheners, detergents, all-purpose cleaners and disinfectants.  


For more information on what dangerous chemicals may be in your cleaning products visit www.ewg.org.


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Everest Microbial Defense
Feb 26, 2020

So sorry that you haven’t received a reply to your email. Which email address are you trying to communicate to? Yes! You can even use EV360 on utensils and it is perfectly safe once dry. Remember, a scrubber has a tendency to collect food solids which over time will begin to rot and stink. But as long as you remove the solids after each use, your scrubber will be protected from odor causing bacteria, mold, and mildew.

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pbkanter
Feb 25, 2020

I have a question regarding the EV360 cleaner that I sent to several times to your email, but have not received a reply: can I soak my dish scrubber in the EV 260, and let it dry before using to wash dishes, to keep it from developing bacterial smells and mildew? Is it safe to use a treated dish scrubber on eating utensils?

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