What’s the link between water pollution and traditional cleaners? Chemical contamination gives rise to pressing concerns such as algal blooms, diminished oxygen levels, and harm to aquatic organisms.

Phosphates, commonly embedded in laundry and dishwasher detergents, serve as fertilizers for algae, triggering the emergence of toxic algal blooms.

These blooms not only imperil aquatic life but also disrupt fishing activities and pose a threat to human health when seafood contaminated by these blooms is consumed.

Addressing this issue calls for a shift towards eco-friendly cleaning products, championing sustainable practices and preserving our invaluable aquatic ecosystems.

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The Risks of Traditional Cleaners on Water, Air, and Soil Pollution

Traditional cleaning products contain hazardous volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as phosphorus, nitrogen, and ammonia.

These VOCs, present in detergents, carpet cleaners, and disinfectants, pose risks to water, air, and soil quality.

When released into the environment, they contribute to issues like smog formation, acid rain, and ground-level ozone increase.

Moreover, they have been linked to respiratory illnesses and eye irritation.

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Water Pollution and Traditional Cleaners in America’s Streams and Drinking Water

A staggering 69% of streams in the USA contained detergent traces, and 66% contained disinfectants, according to a study by the United States Geological Survey.

Moreover, the Environmental Working Group’s Tap Water Database unveiled a shocking truth—over 250 chemicals were found in America’s drinking water, with more than 160 lacking governmental limits.

Among them were contaminants linked to cancer, emphasizing the urgent need for change.

So, what can we do to clean up this mess? The first step is awareness. Many cleaning products we consider indispensable may not be necessary.

Do we truly need specialized toilet bowl cleaners, or could a mix of mild scouring powder and elbow grease suffice?

Additionally, antibacterial products, unless necessary for specific situations, can be detrimental, leading to bacterial resistance and weakened immune responses.

Furthermore, being mindful consumers is pivotal. Reading labels becomes an act of environmental responsibility. Avoid products marked “Danger” or “Poison,” and reduce usage of those labeled “Caution” or “Warning” due to potential irritants.

Ingredients matter, look for products that only contain biodegradable components that break down swiftly in wastewater.

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Unmasking the Villains in Household Products and Uniting for a Greener Tomorrow

Certain ingredients are notorious villains in water pollution from traditional cleaners:

Triclosan, found in most antibacterial cleaning products, disrupts aquatic ecosystems, with traces detected in various organisms, even dolphins.

1,4-Dioxane, used in antibacterial products, leaches into groundwater, posing carcinogenic risks.

Nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) are toxic surfactants, damaging aquatic life.

Phosphates, common in detergents, lead to fish deaths and algal blooms, rendering water unsafe.

Phthalates, prevalent in air fresheners and cleaning products, disrupt reproductive systems in animals and humans.

Quaternary Ammonium Compounds (QUATs or QACs), persistent in the environment, harm aquatic organisms, disrupting ecosystems.

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) like phosphorus, nitrogen, and ammonia foster algal blooms, endangering aquatic life and making water unfit for consumption.

Methylisothiazolinone (MI), found in many cleaning products, poses a threat to marine life.

To combat this crisis, it’s imperative we unite. Alone, our impact might seem small, but together, adopting eco-friendly alternatives and reducing our water pollution and traditional cleaners, we can usher in a green revolution.

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It’s a game-changer, making the switch to green cleaning not just easy but also unbeatable.

With EarthSential, you’re not just cleaning; you’re contributing to a cleaner, greener future for us all.

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About the Author

Bonnie Pellerin

Bonnie Pellerin


Bonnie Pellerin, a Biotechnology graduate and seasoned microbiologist, specializes in identifying bacteria and mold. Alongside her formulating chemist husband, she co-founded EarthSential, driven by their shared mission to create a safe haven free from harsh chemicals for their children and others. Bonnie’s expertise and dedication continue to shape the field of biotechnology and environmental safety.

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