What’s In Your Sprayer?
…and on your hands, going in your lungs, shoes, clothing, and on your skin daily?
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Consider this: Your cleaning clients are exposed maybe once or twice a year after annual or semi annual cleanings. You and your technicians are exposed to these chemicals at high levels all day, every day, all year around. If you are using products that use these dangerous chemicals in your customers businesses and homes, maybe you should think about changing your products. Strong Carpet Cleaning Systems has a complete line up us Safe, Effective Green Seal Certified Products for your Carpet Cleaning Business.
Phthalates, are in fragrance household products, such as air fresheners, carpet cleaning products, dish soap, even toilet paper. Men with higher phthalate compounds in their blood had correspondingly reduced sperm counts. according to a 2003 study conducted by researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that unlike the digestive system, the skin has no safeguards against toxins. Absorbed chemicals go straight to organs.
Perchloroethylene or (PERC), are found in laundry dry-cleaning solutions, spot removers, and carpet and upholstery cleaners. Perc is a neurotoxin, the EPA classifies perc as a possible carcinogen. People who work in or live in residential buildings where dry cleaners are located have reported dizziness, loss of coordination and other symptoms. The EPA has ordered a phase-out of perc machines in residential buildings by 2020, California State is going even further with plans to eliminate all use of perc by 2023 because of its suspected health risks. Exposure is most often from inhalation. That’s the smell on your clothes when they’re back from the dry cleaner, and the fumes that linger after cleaning carpets.
Triclosan, is found in liquid dish washing detergents, carpet shampoo, and hand soaps labeled antibacterial. Triclosan is an aggressive antibacterial agent that can promote the growth of drug-resistant bacteria. The American Medical Association has found no evidence that these antimicrobials make us healthier or safer. this is how microbes develop resistance, and not just to these antibacterials, but also to real antibiotics that we need. Studies have now found dangerous concentrations of triclosan in rivers and streams, it is toxic to natural needed algae. The EPA is currently investigating is triclosan may also disrupt hormonal function. It is a probable carcinogen.
Quarternary Ammonium Compounds, QUATS, are found in carpet cleaning products, fabric softener liquids and sheets and most household cleaners labeled antibacterial. Quats are another type of antimicrobial with the same problem as triclosan, helping breed antibiotic-resistant bacteria. It’s also a skin irritant; one 10-year study of contact dermatitis found quats to be one of the leading causes. They’re also suspected as a cause for respiratory disorders: There’s evidence that even healthy people who are exposed to quats on a regular basis develop asthma as a result.
2-Butoxyethanol, very commonly found in window and carpet cleaners, kitchen and multipurpose cleaners. 2-butoxyethanol is the key ingredient in many window cleaners and gives them a characteristic sweet smell. It’s in the category of “glycol ethers,” a set of powerful solvents that are extremely dangerous. The Law does not require 2-butoxyethanol to be listed on a product’s label. According to the EPA’s Web site, in addition to causing sore throats when inhaled, at high levels glycol ethers can also contribute to narcosis, pulmonary edema, and severe liver and kidney damage. The EPA set a standard on 2-butoxyethanol for workplace safety. But, If you’re cleaning in a confined area, like an un-ventilated room, you can actually end up getting 2-butoxyethanol in the air at levels that are much higher than the EPA’s workplace safety standards.”
Ammonia, commonly found in polishing agents for bathroom fixtures, sinks and jewelry, carpet spotters, and also in glass cleaner. Because ammonia evaporates and doesn’t leave streaks, it’s another common ingredient in commercial window cleaners. Ammonia is a powerful irritant, It’s affects you right away. The people who will be badly affected are those who have asthma, elderly people with lung issues and breathing problems. It’s almost always inhaled. People who get a lot of ammonia exposure, like housekeepers, will often develop chronic bronchitis and asthma.” Ammonia can also create a poisonous gas if it’s mixed with bleach.
Chlorine, found in scouring powders, toilet bowl cleaners, mildew removers, laundry whiteners, household tap water. With chlorine there are so many avenues of exposure, exposure from fumes and possibly through skin when you clean with it, it’s also in city water to get rid of bacteria, so you’re also getting exposed daily when you take a shower or bath. Risks from chlorine can be acute, and can be chronic. It’s a respiratory irritant at an acute level. But the chronic effects are what people don’t realize: It may be cause a serious disruption of the thyroid.
Sodium Hydroxide, is found in tile and grout cleaners, Oven cleaners and drain openers. Otherwise known as lye, sodium hydroxide is extremely corrosive: If it touches your skin or gets in your eyes, it can cause severe burns. Risks of exposure are skin contact and inhalation. Inhaling sodium hydroxide can cause a sore throat and pain that lasts for days.