The Dangers of Toxins and EDCs
In recent years, there’s been more and more buzz from health and environmental blogs warning readers of the dangers of EDCs and similar toxins. If you’re unfamiliar with this acronym, an EDC is an endocrine-disrupting chemical that physiologically alters your body’s naturally-produced hormones. According to the Endocrine Society, EDCs impair the body’s hormone function by imitating naturally-produced hormones and tricking the body into treating them as its own. Or, they can also affect the level of hormones we produce by blocking naturally-produced hormones from binding to proteins and doing their jobs. A few common EDCs are Bisphenol A (BPA), dioxins, perchlorate, PFAs, phthalates, PBDE, PCB, and triclosan. Look out for these on product labels when purchasing any home or personal care product.
Studies have shown that EDCs have been linked to a host of health problems in males, females, and children, ranging from thyroid disorders, fertility impairment, cancers, obesity, diabetes, asthma, ADHD, early-onset puberty, and even lower IQs. And researchers predict that they pose dangers beyond just these ones. In addition to human health hazards, EDCs and toxins are extremely damaging to nearly any living species, including plants and animals in our environment.
When purchasing cleaning supplies, or really any home, health, or beauty product, always be sure to read the product’s ingredient label. Note that it may not be enough just to reach for a product labeled “natural,” “organic,” or “clean.” Unfortunately, many products with these labels still contain harmful toxins that can cause negative health implications.
The most harmful products tend to be carpet cleaners, antifreeze, bleach, drain cleaners, and air fresheners.
Instead, look for products that are marked “BPA-free,” “phthalate-free,” “fragrance-free,” or “paraben-free.” Avoid products that contain any of the previously mentioned EDCs, parfums, fragrance, formaldehyde, or any that indicate that the product contains “antimicrobial properties.” The most harmful products tend to be carpet cleaners, antifreeze, bleach, drain cleaners, and air fresheners, but really any product can contain toxins, so read labels carefully.
13 Best Non-Toxic Cleaning Products on the Market
1. Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Biodegradable All Purpose Cleaner, $15, 32oz
This all-purpose, all-natural cleaner goes at the top of our list because it’s versatile, inexpensive, and easy to find in a variety of stores. Whether you need to clean your countertops, floors, or bathroom, Dr. Bronner’s has you covered. Check out their other products here!
2. Bon Ami Powder Cleanser, $2.39, 14oz
The Bon Ami Powder is the cheapest (and oldest) item on our list by far! It’s widely available and can be used for many household needs, including cleaning stoves, pots, pans, china, outdoor furniture, walls, and more.
3. Aunt Fannie’s Vinegar Floor Cleaner, $11.99, 32oz
Aunt Fannie’s is a hypoallergenic, USA-manufactured, non-toxic company that produces lots of cleaning supplies. Their floor cleaner is one of the best because not only does it leave your floors sparkling, but this cleaner comes in a variety of scents using only 100% essential oils – never parfum or fragrance!
4. Blueland Toilet Bowl Cleaner Refills, $18 for 14 tablets
While a little pricier than some other options, the Blueland Toilet Bowl Cleaner Refills are an amazing non-toxic alternative because they’re easy to use and ensure that you never overuse or waste product. Simply drop the tablet into your toilet and let the product do its job!
5. Rosey by Thrive Market Glass & Mirror Cleaner, $6.89, 22oz
Unlike some of its competitors, the Rosey Glass & Mirror Cleaner is truly unscented and will leave your surfaces streak-free. Thrive Market is home to tons of amazing all-natural, non-toxic, environmentally friendly products, so be sure to check out all their options while you browse for this glass and mirror cleaner!
6. Puracy Carpet & Upholstery Shampoo, $19.99, 25oz
This cruelty-free, vegan, all-natural, hypoallergenic, gluten-free, and biodegradable carpet cleaner is truly one of the best on the market. Like Thrive, Puracy is another company that produces a collection of safe, non-toxic cleaning and beauty products.
7. Babyganics All Purpose Surface Wipes, $8.99, 75 count
These Babyganics wipes make our list because they’re multifunctional, inexpensive, and easy to use. With no parabens, BPA, dyes, phthalates, or silicones, these wipes are some of the safest you can get.
8. Rosey by Thrive Tub & Tile Cleaner, $4.79, 22oz
Another reliable, safe product for your bathroom is the Thrive Tub & Tile Cleaner. At under $5 for an entire bottle, this product is worth every single penny.
9. Grow Fragrance Air & Fabric Spray, $15, 5oz/500 sprays
Air fresheners are some of the most difficult products to find non-toxic, completely EDC-free alternatives. Grow Fragrance is an amazing option because they’re 100% plant-based and toxin-free. Grow offers both sprays and candles in a variety of scents, to ensure that your home smells lovely and your air remains clean.
The Marley’s Monsters Washable Bamboo Fleece Duster is the most expensive item on our list, but it’s also one of the only one-time purchases. It’s imperative to have a reliable duster because toxic chemicals can build up within dust and contaminate your air. Invest in this duster to ensure that your home stays dust and toxin-free!
11. Ecover Zero Dish Soap, $3.89, 25oz
The Ecover Zero Dish Soap is not only affordable, but it’s hypoallergenic, toxin-free, and made with 0% fragrance or dyes. Ecover also sells dishwasher pods that receive overwhelmingly positive reviews at a great price.
12. Seventh Generation Chlorine Free Bleach, $4.97, 64oz
This Seventh Generation Chlorine Free Bleach is perfect for fighting tough stains either as a spot treatment or to toss in your washing machine. It’s a pro at brightening whites, but it’s also color-safe and free of fragrance and dyes, making it a perfect addition to any laundry load.
13. Full Circle Cleaña Colada Sponges, $4.49 for 2
Many kitchen sponges are made with plastics, which can contain toxic properties. These Full Circle Cleaña Colada Sponges, made from plant-based cellulose and recycled plastic, are 100% toxin-free.
There are tons of other toxin-free cleaning, beauty, and care products on the market aside from the 13 mentioned here. It sometimes just takes a little bit of digging to find them, but it’s well worth it. Choosing products free of toxins and other harmful EDCs not only has a positive impact on your and your family’s health, but it also will benefit pets, houseplants, and the environment at large. Seek out brands like Dr. Bronner’s, Seventh Generation, Puracy, and Thrive Market when shopping for household cleaning supplies, and always remember to read the label!
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