The Health Dangers of Phenols Found
in Common Household Cleaners
Did you know that the cleaners you use to disinfect your home, seemingly
to keep yourself and your family safe from germs and bacteria, could be
harboring a danger of their own? Many common disinfectants out there contain
phenols-caustic, poisonous and dangerous compounds that are used to cover
smells. And they're used in everything from all-purpose cleaning sprays
to toilet bowl cleaners.
According to the National Institutes of Health, phenol is toxic and people
who are hypersensitive to it could experience death or serious side effects
at very low exposures. Plus, it is rapidly absorbed and can cause toxicity
throughout the entire body. Typically, death and severe toxicity result
from phenol's effects on the central nervous system, heart, blood vessels,
lungs and kidneys.
Many common household disinfectants co-ntain phenols-caustic and
dangerous compounds that could be harming your family's health.
Other symptoms of exposure include:
- Pulmonary distress
- Phenolic breath
- Scanty/dark urine
- Severe burns and numbness if exposed to the skin
Further studies have shown that these compounds can cause:
- Damage to respiratory and circulatory systems
- Cardiac damage
- Major damage to the liver, kidneys and eyes after chronic exposure
- Respiratory problems and pneumonia in rats, mice, and guinea pigs
- Nonyl phenol ethoxylate, a common ingredient in laundry detergents
and all-purpose cleaners, is banned in Europe, and biodegrades slowly
into even more toxic compounds
Even the Environmental Protection Agency lists disinfectants that contain
phenols as "e;corrosive and toxic."e; So why take your chances with
phenol-containing products when safer alternatives, likePerfectClean
terry clothsthat clean down to a microscopic level without the use
of harmful disinfectants, are available? Some commonly used household
products that contain phenols include:
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They can be used dry or dampened with ONLY WATER for:
- Appliances, countertops and other fixtures throughout the
kitchen and bathroom
- Wood, metal and other furniture in bedrooms, the living room,
family room, dining room and every other room in your home
- In your home and work office
- In automobiles, on motorcycles, and all types of vehicles
- Children's toys, door knobs, telephones, and much more!
- P.S. You will also be impressed with how well they spot clean
carpets using only water!
- Household detergents
- Acne medications
- Baking Powder
- Sugar substitutes
And phenols are not the only dangerous ingredients in common disinfectants.
Other volatile chemicals in common products include cresol, ethanol, ammonia
and chlorine. Here are some other not-so-settling facts
Diethylene glycol found in window cleaners depresses the nervous
Formaldehyde found in spray and wick deodorizers is a respiratory
irritant and suspected carcinogen.
Petroleum solvents in floor cleaners damage mucous membranes.
Perchloroethylene, a spot remover, causes liver and kidney damage.
Butyl cellosolve, common in all-purpose, window and other types of
cleaners damages bone marrow, the nervous system, kidneys and the
So when it comes to keeping your home clean, a good rule of thumb to
remember is: If something SMELLS clean, then it is most likely toxic.
Most people are fooled by the "e;smells clean"e; factor in chemical
cleaners; however, the truth is that what is ACTUALLY CLEAN is ODORLESS.
You can usePerfectClean
towels, wipers and mopsdry or dampened with water because their deep
cleaning power is in the revolutionary ultramicrofiber. This is why leading
hospitals, school and more choosePerfectCleanhands-down over other cleaning products. Not only are they superior in
their cleaning ability, but PerfectClean towels and wipers are used over
100 times each before having to be replaced-which means they're incredibly
Phenols and Pets
Cedar and pine shavings commonly used for animal bedding often also contain
phenols to control odors and give off that "e;clean"e; pine smell.
Pets, like humans, are negatively affected by the phenols, and can suffer
from many of the same problems as humans including respiratory, liver
and kidney problems.
So choose a safe form of bedding for your pet-for small animals, shredded
newspaper works well and it's free! Paper-based pellets and alfalfa pellets
also work well-and safe cleaning methods for your home. There's no reason
to risk your health with chemical cleansers anymore:PerfectClean
productswill give your house a superior clean environment without
leaving any chemical residues, odors or harmful health effects for you
and your family.
Waste: Common Cleaning Products