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Dangerous Chemicals in Cleaning Products Linked to Allergies

Everybody is aware that most of the products offered in stores are loaded with heavy chemicals in cleaning products, some of them highly dangerous and toxic. However, few people ever realise it or really think about the consequences. The general assumption is that today there is hardly anything that isn’t harmful and since you cannot stop shopping or make manufacturers stick to eco-friendly ingredients, you can’t do much about it.

Chemicals in Cleaning Detergents Linked to Allergies.Here we have shown a few of the most toxic dangerous chemicals that are widely used in industry and the production of cleaning detergents to make you see the bad impact they have on you and probably change your mind about their safety.

Parabens

This is a series of chemicals widely used in pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. They have bacterial properties, which make them a preferred compound for the making of detergents, shampoos, toothpaste, make up, shaving gels, moisturizer and many other products. Parabens are added in food to enhance its appearance and taste.

Unfortunately, these compounds are very dangerous to the body. They may cause a number of problems, including allergies. Some people claim that parabens may be capable of triggering cancer, especially breast cancer tumours, because of their ability to mimic one specific hormone in women’s body called oestrogen. Unfortunately, this chemical is very commonplace nowadays due to its low-cost and power.

What allergic reactions may be induced:

• Skin irritations: this is the most common allergy triggered by parabens; luckily, it affects only a small number of people.

• Rosacea: this allergic reaction is characterised by facial redness. For the most part, it affect the skin, but sometimes it can affect the eyes. Also, rosacea can lead to pimples. The main area of the face it affects are the cheeks, forehead and nose, however it is not uncommon that rashes appear on the neck, ears, chest and scalp.

• Contact dermatitis: this is skin inflammation, which fades away within days, even weeks, contrary to contact urticaria, which disappears within a few hours.

The class of dangerous parabens includes butylparaben, propylparaben, ethylparaben, methylparaben and heptylparaben. Watch out for these “buddies” next time you are shopping.

Sodium laureth sulfate

Also known as sodium lauryl ether sulfate, this is a surfactant and anionic detergent used for the making of a number of shampoos, soaps, toothpaste and other personal care products. It has emulsifying and cleansing properties, which is the reason it is found in so many cosmetic products. This is a synthetic compound, which is sold at low costs. Once it permeates through the skin, it focuses on areas like the eyes, liver and the brain and can do a lot of damage to the immune system.

What allergic reactions may be induced:

• Skin rashes and irritations: the most common allergic reaction
• Hair loss
• Eye irritation
• Skin dryness
• Dermatitis
• Dandruff

Sodium laureth sulfate can also worsen existing cancer tumours in the breast, liver, brain, lymphs and circulatory system.

Formaldehyde

This chemical is known as methanal. It is an organic compound that is highly toxic to human, pets and nature. It has a strong, irritating odour and is very dangerous. It has cancerogenic effect. It is hard to believe it but such a chemical is quite used in the industry. Many cosmetic products have the hazardous substance. It is found in detergents as well.

What health problems may be induced:

• Contact dermatitis
• Skin dryness and irritation
• Problems with endocrine system
• Problems with nervous system

Trisodium nitrilotriacetate (NTA)

This chemical is corrosive. It is widely used in bleaching, tanning, textiles, phosphate-free detergents, synthetic rubber, processing of metals and many other things. The substance is white and is part of the amines. It is also considered carcinogenic by the International Agency for Reasearch on Cancer.

What health problems may be induced:

• Injury to eyes
• Injury to skin
• Problems with respiratory tract
• Skin irritations and rashes
• Throat and nose irritation
• Problems with urinary tract

Author Bio: Connie Jameson is blogger who loves to write health advice. She runs professional cleaning SW London and reads a lot about new products.

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