How Dangerous Are The Chemicals In Your Cleaning Products?
No one can deny that cleaning products are essential in maintaining a clean and healthy environment. However, the chemicals used in some of these products can be extremely dangerous if not used properly. It is important to always read the labels on cleaning products before using them and to follow the directions correctly.
Eco Solutions have a whole range of cleaning and preparation products that are water-based but highly effective, safe to use and non-toxic. Find out more about our Grime Go Cleaning Product here.
One of the most common cleaning products used in the UK and around the world is bleach. Bleach contains a chemical called chlorine which can be very harmful if it comes into contact with your skin or eyes. Inhaling bleach fumes can also be dangerous for your breathing and lungs and if done often can cause long term damage. If you use bleach, be sure to always wear gloves, and goggles if it could splash in your eyes and open windows and doors to let the fumes out.
What Other Dangerous Chemicals Are In Your Cleaning Products?
Many cleaning products are likely filled with chemicals that can be dangerous to your health and some of these chemicals are known to cause cancer, respiratory problems, and skin irritation. These chemicals and the ones below are also known to be extremely toxic and damaging to the environment.
Glycol ethers are a group of chemicals used in many cleaning products, as well as in other products such as paints and cosmetics. Glycol ethers are also used as solvents, such as in nail-polish removers and certain paint and varnish strippers.
High levels of exposure may cause irritation to the skin, eyes, or respiratory tract. Signs of acute exposure include tightness in the chest, headache, dizziness, confusion, and vomiting. The chemical structures of glycol ethers can be very similar to those of diethylene glycol, a chemical used to make antifreeze and commonly found in car radiators.
You should always take precautions when using products with glycol ethers in, wear gloves, and goggles, cover your skin wherever you can and open windows and doors to let the fumes out. By taking these precautions, you can help keep yourself safe from the harmful effects of glycol ethers. Remember, it is always better to err on the side of caution when using any type of chemical cleaner.
Alternatively, you can use one of Eco Solutions Products which are safe to use, non-toxic and water-based.
Butoxyethanol is used as a solvent and cleaning agent. It is not classified as a carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency. Butoxyethanol can cause irritation to the eyes, nose and throat.
It is toxic to aquatic organisms, may cause long-term adverse effects in the aquatic environment, and could impair fertility in males of reproductive potential. It is also irritating to the eyes and skin and toxic if ingested.
It has been found that exposure to high levels of butoxyethanol can cause central nervous system depression, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness and dizziness. These effects are temporary and non-life-threatening but extremely uncomfortable.
Non-carcinogenic effects of exposure include kidney and liver damage, as well as eye damage. It has also been classified as a possible human carcinogen due to its carcinogenic effects on laboratory animals when ingested or inhaled.
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Sodium hydroxide, also known as lye, is a caustic substance used in many industrial and cleaning applications. It is very corrosive and can cause serious damage to your skin and eyes if it comes into contact with them. Inhaling the fumes from sodium hydroxide can also be dangerous.
It should be handled with proper personal protective equipment such as rubber gloves, goggles, aprons and rubber boots. The level of harm it can cause depends on the amount, duration, and activity. It can burn the eyes, skin, and inner membranes, and cause temporary hair loss.
The solution will be an aqueous solution, meaning it has water dissolved in it. If a metal container is used this will corrode the container. A glass container is recommended.
Sodium metasilicate is often used in paint strippers, to soften and dissolve dried paint so that it can be removed easily. It is also used as a cleaning agent in a variety of applications, such as removing chewing gum and stains from carpet, dissolving grease and oil stains from concrete, or cleaning rust and mildew from tile or grout. Because this chemical can react with other substances (like water), it must be kept sealed and stored away at room temperature in a cool, dry place.
Sodium metasilicate is non-flammable and non-toxic, however, it is an alkaline material that can pose a hazard to the skin and eyes. If it comes in contact with the eyes and the skin the results can range from irritation to severe chemical burns. Sodium metasilicate should be handled with extreme caution and it is advised that protective clothing, goggles and gloves are always worn when using it.
Ammonia is often used in window cleaners and oven cleaners. Like bleach, it can be harmful if you come into contact with it or inhale its fumes. Be sure to use ammonia only in well-ventilated areas and never mix it with bleach, as this can create poisonous gases.
There are many other chemicals found in common cleaning products, so it is extremely important to always read the labels carefully before using any product. By taking precautions and using these products safely, you can help keep your home clean and prevent accidents from happening or you can try using Eco Solutions Grime Go which will clean all types of material and surfaces without causing damage to ourselves or the product or surface that is being cleaned.
Can inhaling cleaning products harm you?
Yes, inhaling cleaning products can harm you and there are many cleaning products that are easily available that contain chemicals that can be harmful if inhaled. These chemicals can cause irritation to your lungs, eyes, nose, and throat. Inhaling the fumes from these chemicals can also be dangerous. It is important to always use cleaning products in well-ventilated areas and to never mix them with other chemicals. Be sure to wear protective clothing, goggles and gloves, and always open windows to let the fumes out.
What happens if you drink cleaning products?
Drinking cleaning products can be very harmful and even fatal. Cleaning products often contain toxic chemicals that can cause serious health problems if ingested. Some of the most common chemicals found in cleaning products are chlorine, ammonia, and sodium hydroxide. These chemicals can cause burns to your throat and oesophagus, as well as damage to your kidneys and liver. If you suspect that someone has ingested a cleaning product, call 999 immediately and follow their instructions.
When using any type of chemical cleaner, it is always important to take precautions to avoid coming into contact with harmful fumes. Make sure to ventilate the area well, wear protective clothing, gloves, goggles and a mask, and follow all label directions carefully. Never mix different cleaning products together – this can create poisonous gases. By taking these simple precautions, you can help keep yourself safe from the harmful effects of many common cleaning chemicals.
There are thousands of chemicals in cleaning products which are commonly used and the effects on the environment are becoming clearer. They get into our water cycle and can pollute streams and rivers damaging and often killing the animals in the water and eventually our wildlife all around.
Eco Solutions Water Based Non-Toxic Products
Eco Solutions Products are extremely efficient and safe to use, as well as being environmentally friendly so you don’t need to worry about protective clothes, goggles, gloves and masks or ventilating the area you are working in.
There is a product for everything around your home as well as Trade Use products for businesses.
Why Choose Our Environmentally Friendly Safe Eco Solutions Products?
Our products are single-use, you don’t need additional products for preparation or to use in conjunction with them
They are all water-based, non-hazardous, non-toxic and non-caustic products
Our products are pH neutral
Although our products will not burn your skin, we do recommend putting on suitable clothing, gloves, and goggles for certain jobs
Our products have no fumes, which makes them safe to use in unventilated areas.
Using a working wet system, you can get into places that other products or processes cannot and work around curved edges
No damage will occur if you leave our products on a surface while they work. You can re-wet the surface by spraying water before you start removing or cleaning the product if it dries out.
There are no H (hazard) or P (precaution) statements on our products’ labels
They are suitable for use in occupied and sensitive locations, such as homes, hospitals, doctor surgeries, schools, nurseries, etc.
Our products are safe for the environment, as they contain no hazardous chemicals, meaning no dangerous and polluting gases are produced, nor will they pollute our water supply.
People with respiratory conditions, including asthma, can use our product range. They work with a wet system, which means no dust particles are created while removing or restoring surfaces
They are tough, not toxic, work effectively and rapidly, and they go a long way, making them extremely cost-effective
You do not need a safe or compliant place to store them because they are not flammable and combustible
Our non-abrasive products don’t contain small particles of minerals such as Silica, Quartz, Calcite, and Feldspar, making them safer to use without the risk of damage
We offer a wide range of products that are simple and quick to use. Our products come in spray, liquid, and gel forms.
Our Eco Solutions products are available through Toolstation, Brewers, Buildbase, Jewsons, Travis Perkins, or you can find your nearest stockist here.
Eco Solutions Products are suitable for many surfaces and materials – Water-based – Non-hazardous – Non-toxic – No skin burns – Non-caustic – Non-flammable – PH neutral – Solvent-free- “Tough not toxic” – No H (hazard) or P (precautionary) statements on the label.
Always do a patch test in an area you can see.
Grime Go removes all types of grease, oil, dirt, stains, grime, dirt, mould, adhesive residues and paint splashes as well as a general cleaner on both hard surfaces and material. It can be used to prepare surfaces for repainting or just to clean and brighten the substrate. There are no fumes, no risk of skin burns, no abrasives and it is a non-toxic product.
Home Strip Paint & Varnish Remover can remove lead-based paints, oil-based paints, solvent-based paints, water-based paints & emulsions, polyurethane, stains, varnishes and waxes, fire-resistant paints, rust-preventative surface coatings. It is ideal for use on all types of surfaces including: hard and softwood, marble, stone, brick, concrete, plaster, ceramic tiles, GRP, aluminium, brass, cast iron and other soft metals. It is an amazing product to use when you are recycling furniture.
PVCU Cleaner cleans, whitens and brightens uPVC windows, doors and guttering (may etch certain types of Perspex and polycarbonate, always do a patch test first). It removes heavy grime, dirt, oil, and paint splashes too. Simply spray on and wipe away any stains and grime. The product is safely being used by an increasing number of consumers and professional users alike. DIY Doctor is currently one of the largest home improvement websites in the UK. They are committed to putting the customer first, providing a platform for novice and experienced Home Improvers so they can get together with experienced tradesmen to share knowledge, skills and experience about anything to do with house and home. You can see their demonstration for PVCu Cleaner here.
Super Strength Degreaser removes all types of grease, oil, grime, glue and even light carbon build-up. It is effective and easy to use with no nasty fumes. It is water-based, has no abrasives with no H (hazard) or P (precautionary) statements on the label and doesn’t need to be used in a ventilated area.
Graffiti Go removes all paints including car spray paints, graffiti shadow, leather dye, marker pen, crayon, fly posters, chewing gum and can be used on all types of surfaces including; woods, all metals (including aluminium), stone (including soft and porous stones), brick, marble, concrete, most plastics (may etch certain types of perspex and polycarbonate). It is a great general product to have in your home due to its versatile use.
Home Strip Artex Remover X-Tex removes textured wall and ceilings coverings using a wet working system meaning there are no harmful dust or asbestos particles. Like all the Eco Solutions products it is safe to use, water-based and non-toxic so you don’t need to worry about ventilation or damage to your skin, eyes or lungs. You simply paint over the artex® walls and ceilings then scrape off when softened. This process is called a working wet system and means that the artex® is kept wet at all times. This results in no asbestos fibres becoming airborne and eliminates the risk of breathing in hazardous microfibers. After applying X-Tex and scraping back the surface pieces will fall directly to the floor.
Vinyl silk is extremely hard to remove with any type of paint remover but Eco’s X-Tex will do the job. Find out everything you need to know and ‘how-to use’ videos here.
Eco Solutions Products are ideal for use by do-it-yourself upcycle enthusiasts and if you need to give your property a deep clean, whatever the surface.
Our products have been researched, developed and manufactured in the UK and are revolutionary unique innovative water-based products that use science, not solvents. They are for users and the environment compared to conventional hazardous products.
They are all solvent-free paint strippers, coatings removers and cleaners
(Registered Trade Mark of BPB UK Ltd)
Most DCM-free paint strippers have just replaced one hazardous solvent with another, however, Eco Solutions’ patented technology has removed the hazardous solvent content and replaced it with water.
Home Strip® product range are safer alternatives to Methylene Chloride* as well as N-Methyl Pyrrolidone (NMP) Benzyl Alcohol, Methanol, Ethanol, Dimethyl Sulphoxide (DMSO) or Gamma-Butyrolactone (GBH).
*Eu Parliament agrees to ban paint stripper containing dichloromethane
(14 January 2009)
Where can you buy Eco Solutions Products?
Our Eco Solutions Home Use and Trade Use Products can be brought through Brewers, Buildbase, Jewsons, Travis Perkins, or for aerospace +Cromwell/Med-Lab. You can also find our stockists here. Give them a try, you won’t be disappointed.