The Dangers of Chemicals

Conventional cleaning and personal care products wreak havoc on the respiratory system, cellular health and even mental clarity of those who are exposed to them. And the chemical gasses emitted from some products remain in the air long after the product has been used. In fact, the air quality of our homes can be 5-7 times more toxic than outdoor air quality!

There are so many chemicals in our everyday products (even some labelled as ‘natural’ and ‘organic’) that are harmful to our health and bodies without us even knowing it.


Short term toxicity can include coughing, skin irritation, rash, wheezing, headaches, nausea, vomiting, and irritability. Long term toxicity can include cancer, lung disease, heart disease and reproductive disorders.

Found in: scented candles, perfumes, lotions and more.


A low cost endocrine disrupting chemical. Lab studies have shown it to interfere with hormone production in rats and mimic estrogen in human studies.

Found in: plastic food packaging, lotions, skin moisturisers, fragrance, cleaners, glues and nail polish.


Used in many formulations as an antibacterial agent to prevent or reduce bacterial contamination, Also registered as a pesticide by the EPA. Topical absorption of triclosan has shown disturbances to the endocrine system, and is believed to lead to birth defects and uncontrollable cell growth.

Found in: soaps, deodorants, cosmetics, shave gel, first aid spray, kitchenware and children’s toys.


This is a known carcinogen and recognised as one by the Cancer Institute. Exposure can cause eye irritation, asthmatic response, skin irritation, headaches and nausea. Although products generally contain small amounts, when this chemical is used in many common everyday household items in addition to being present in our wood, gyprock and furniture, our exposure adds up. To make things even more alarming this isn’t an easy ingredient to find. The ingredient is often listed as its fragmented named.

Found in: baby shampoo, pet shampoo, shampoo and conditioner, body wash, sunblocks, cosmetics, baby wipes, toothpaste and more.