Household cleaning products from laundry tablets to household disinfectants and other products containing chemical cleaning agents have long been touted as the best way to remove debris and bacteria from our clothes, appliances, and everything else in our living spaces.
However, these helpful products can be doing tremendous damage to your health and the health of our environment.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has labeled chemicals such as phosphorous, nitrogen, ammonia, as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) — the most hazardous of chemical agents.
VOCs Cause Damage To Our Oceans and Waterways
When VOCs are washed down our toilets and sinks, while they do pass through our wastewater treatment facilities that separate out the harmful contaminants from the water before its returned to our water resources, certain contaminants such as nitrogen, phosphorous and ammonia, can not be efficiently removed.
Ammonia, nitrogen and phosphorous entering our waterways put our local wildlife, marine and plant life at risk.
When these VOCs enter our waterways in uncontrolled levels they contribute to a rapid overgrowth of vegetation. As this plant overgrowth quickly dies and decays, the water’s oxygen resources are depleted resulting in algal bloom growth. Certain types of algae bloom in fresh water areas can generate natural toxins causing foam, water discoloration, foul taste, etc., resulting in damage to our aquatic ecosystems.
APEs = Trouble for Humans
Alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs), found in laundry detergents, disinfectants, stain removers, and citrus cleaners due to their effectiveness at removing stubborn stains, are also hazardous chemicals that break down into more harmful contaminants known as nonylphenol and octyphenol, which are non-biodegradable in soil and water and can have a dangerous impact on the sustainable health of not only marine and local wildlife, but humans.