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The Top 12 Cancer-Causing products in the Average Home

Among many other cancer causing products commonly found in the home, this dirty dozen list has made it to the Hall of Shame. The Cancer Prevention Coalition (CPC) and Ralph Nader have released a “Dirty Dozen” list of consumer products used in most American homes, and manufactured by giant U.S. corporations.

The “Dirty Dozen” products contain a wide-range of carcinogenic and other toxic ingredients and contaminants to which most of us are exposed daily.


Talcum Powder– (Johnson & Johnson. Inc.)

Labeled Toxic Ingredient:
TALC, Carcinogenic and a risk factor for ovarian cancer; lung irritant.

Cover Girl Replenishing Natural Finish Make Up (Foundation) (Procter & Gamble. Inc.)

Labeled Toxic Ingredients

BHA, Carcinogenic.
TALC, Carcinogenic; Lung Irritant.
TRIETHANOLAMINE (TEA), Interacts with nitrites to form carcinogenic nitrosamines.
LANOLIN, Often contaminated with DDT and other carcinogenic pesticides.
PARABENS, Contact dermatitis.
FRAGRANCE, Wide range of unlabeled, untested, and toxic ingredients; contact dermatitis.

Crest Tartar Control Toothpaste
– (Procter & Gamble. Inc.)

Labeled Toxic Ingredients:
FD&C BLUE #1, Carcinogenic.
SACCHARIN, Carcinogenic.
FLUORIDE, Possibly carcinogenic.

Alberto VO5 Conditioner (Essence of Neutral Henna)

Labeled Toxic Ingredients:

FORMALDEHYDE, Carcinogenic; neurotoxic; contact dermatitis and sensitizer.
POLYSORBATE 80, Generally contaminated with the carcinogen 1,4-dioxane.
FD&C RED #4, Carcinogenic.
FRAGRANCE, Wide range of undisclosed ingredients; contact dermatitis.

Clairol Nice ‘n Easy (Permanent Haircolor) (Clairol. Inc.)

Labeled Toxic Ingredients:

QUATERNlUM-15, Formaldehyde-releaser; carcinogenic; neurotoxic; contact dermatitis and sensitizer.
DIETHANOLAMINE (DEA), Carcinogenic; also interacts with nitrites to form a carcinogenic nitrosamine.
PHENYLENE-DIAMINES, Includes carcinogens and other ingredients inadequately tested for carcinogenicity; contact dermatitis.
PROPYLENE GLYCOL, Contact dermatitis.
FRAGRANCE, Wide range of undisclosed ingredients; contact dermatitis.

NOTE: Also evidence of causal relation to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, multiple myeloma and other cancers.


Ajax Cleanser (Colgate-Palmolive. Inc.)

Unlabeled Toxic Ingredients:

CRYSTALLINE SILICA, Carcinogenic; eye, skin and lung irritant.

NOTE: Carcinogenicity of silica is admitted in 1994 Material Safety and Data Sheet (MSDS).
(Manufacturer claims to have reduced silica levels since 1993.)

Zud Heavy Duty Cleanser (Reckitt & Colman. Inc.)

Unlabeled Toxic Ingredient:

CRYSTALLINE SILICA, Carcinogenic; eye, skin and lung irritant. (Carcinogenicity is denied in Material Safety and Data Sheet.)

Lysol Disinfectant Spray (Reckitt & Colman. Inc.)

Labeled or Unlabeled Toxic Ingredient:

ORTHOPHENYLPHENOL (OPP): Carcinogenic; irritant. (Carcinogenicity is denied in Material Safety and Data Sheet.)
See article on the truth about disinfectants and suggested alternatives!

Zodiac Cat & Dog Flea Collar (Sandoz Agro. Inc).

Labeled Toxic Ingredient

PROPOXUR, Carcinogenic; neurotoxic.

Ortho Weed-B-Gon Lawn Weed Killer (Monsanto Co.)

Labeled Toxic Ingredient

SODIUM 2,4-DICHLOROPHENOXYACETATE (2,4-D), Carcinogenic with evidence of casual relation to lymphoma, soft tissue sarcoma and other cancers ; neurotoxic; reproductive toxin.


Beef Frankfurters – (eg. Oscar Mayer Foods Corporation)

Unlabeled Toxic Ingredients
DACTHAL, Carcinogenic (can be contaminated with dioxin); irritant; strong sensitizer.
DIELDRIN, Carcinogenic; xenoestrogen.
DDT, Carcinogenic; xenoestrogen.
HEPTACHLOR, Carcinogenic; neurotoxic; reproductive toxin; xenoestrogen.
HEXACHLOROBENZENE, Carcinogenic; neurotoxic; teratogenic.
LINDANE, Carcinogenic; neurotoxic; damage to blood forming cells.
HORMONES: Carcinogenic and feminizing.
ANTIBIOTICS: Some are carcinogenic, cause allergies and drug resistance.

Labeled Ingredient
NITRITE, Interacts with meat amines to form carcinogenic nitrosamines which are a major risk factor for childhood cancers.

Whole Milk – (eg. Borden or Lucerne)

Unlabeled Toxic Ingredients

DDT, Carcinogenic; xenoestrogen.
DIELDRIN, Carcinogenic; xenoestrogen.
HEPTACHLOR, Carcinogenic; neurotoxic; reproductive toxin; xenoestrogen.
HEXACHLOROBENZENE, Carcinogenic; neurotoxic; reproductive toxin.
ANTIBIOTICS: Some are carcinogenic, cause allergies and drug resistance.
RECOMBINANT BOVINE GROWTH HORMONE and IGF-1: Also, risk factor for breast, colon and prostate cancers.

Safer Alternative:
rBGH-free Organic skim milk

“What is particularly galling about the “Dirty Dozen”, emphasized Ralph Nader, “is that these toxic chemicals don’t have to be there. Yet these corporations continue to expose people to health hazards unnecessarily”.

Current product labeling provides no warning for cancer and other chronic health risks. Food is labeled for cholesterol, but not for carcinogens. Cosmetics are labeled for major ingredients, but not for those that form carcinogens or contain carcinogenic contaminants. Except for pesticides, household products contain no information on their ingredients.

Cancer rates are skyrocketing. Currently, more than one-third of all of us will develop cancer in our lifetime, and one-fourth will die from the disease. Many cancers are due to avoidable exposures to industrial carcinogens in the food we eat, and the cosmetics and household products we use.

For more information, see: Steinman, D. and Epstein, S.S.

The Safe Shopper’s Bible, Macmillan/IDG 1995, New York, NY (800-434-3422)

Epstein, S.S. The Politics of Cancer Revisited, East Ridge Press 1998, Hankins, NY (845-887-6467).

Hopefully this has gotten the message across that just because these products sit on store shelves, do not guarantee it’s safe to use. These are 12 of the thousands of products that have not been tested alone or in conjunction. We’d like to add one more to this product hall-of-shame.

Most Brand-Name Laundry Detergents

These are commonly loaded with extremely toxic chemicals. Residues of these chemicals are left on your clothes and are absorbed by your skin and evaporated into the air where they could be breathed in. In a study conducted by Clemson University, 2% of a fabric’s weight comes from laundry detergent. It was found that this is equivalent to a full scoop of laundry detergent that is accumulated on the clothing wash after wash. And the skin absorbs 75% of what any fat soluble substances that are on the surface within 26 seconds, specially during perspiration. In addition to this, most consumers would be surprised to find that even ‘Green’ labeled detergents contain toxic ingredients. Read: The Truth About Laundry Detergents.

Hidden Toxic Ingredients
Linear alkyl sodium sulfonates (LAS)
or ‘anionic surfactants’, carcinogenic, reproductive toxins
Petroleum Distillates, carcinogenic, cause lung damage, lung inflammation and damage to mucous membranes.
Phenols, toxic to central nervous system, heart, blood vessels, lungs and kidneys.
Sodium hypochlorite (household bleach):
When it reacts with organic materials in the environment, carcinogenic and toxic compounds are created than can cause reproductive, endocrine and immune system disorders.

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Very Helpful Links:
The Story of Cosmetics -a great place to start informing yourself about the truths and dangers of personal care products.
EWG’s Skin Deep – search for any personal care product you own to find its toxicity levels. – diverse groups united by their common concern about toxic chemicals in our homes, places of work, and products we use every day.– protecting the most vulnerable from toxins.

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2. Nancy | August 2, 2017 at 5:42 pm

I have MDS. What products have benzene in them??

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6. Sooper | March 26, 2017 at 7:30 am

I recently found out about Carcinogens and they are very scary. I had no idea so many things had it, I read an article about them being in some cosmetics products

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What store is it?? Is it a chain??

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20. manydoglady | May 22, 2016 at 4:04 pm

I was made so sick by its use by the custodian after school, I could not do my job as a teacher properly. I asked the custodian to not use it – thought it was the fragrance, but was told by the Principal via the school district’s attorney that in spite of a doctor’s note, they did not have to accommodate me. They said schools were public places, so could do as they wanted. However, that turned out not to be true.

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41. Debby Smith | February 27, 2013 at 8:56 pm

FYI go to the poison control site and check out the 2011 report and the last 10 years. Cosmetic/personal care and household cleaners are #2and # 3 on the top 25 list of calls and poisonings. Deaths among children 5 and under 4 from household cleaners, 2 from chemicals, 1 from cosmetic/personal care that’s 7 that should not be… Pregnant women household cleaners and cosmetic/personal care on top 25 list household cleaners was #2 we need to do something! We can make a difference one home at a time!

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43. Ginny Weatherwax-Timmerman | February 11, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Well I guess I will just go eat my cancer causing bacon and sausage oh and anything you eat off the grill

44. Ilsa Wood | December 23, 2015 at 8:53 pm

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45. ‘Rass” | February 11, 2013 at 12:49 am

Anything connected to Ralph Nader has to be suspicious. I have been using Baby powder all my life and no cancer. I will continue to use it. As a famous actor once said ” If your born to drown you’ll never hang”

46. sylvia | February 10, 2013 at 11:28 pm

I live in Nova Scotia and there are plenty of stores that sell all natural products. You have to set your mind to turning around your life it’s your choice. Sobey’s a local store here sells quite a few products that will help the earth and start making you feel healthier. I buy all natural tooth paste,making my own face cleanser and many other things There is so much garbage out there. You must educated yourself start now.

47. R. DAMBROGIO | September 30, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Don’t be fooled that “all natural” equals heathy and earth friendly. For example, talcum powder mentioned above as a carcinogen is a natural material mined from the earth. Also, you might feel emotional satisfaction in making your own toothpaste, cleansers, etc. However, these home brews might be just as dangerous or even more harmful to your health if you don’t understand what you’re mixing and the potential interactions.

48. Psimms | February 10, 2013 at 5:18 pm

Go to and to learn more about the household and personal care products you and your family uses. Very eye opening. Obtw…. Europe has banned most of the ingredients that the US still allows to be used in our products. Why? Cheaper and more profit to the shareholder. Do your research!

49. April Anderson-Becker | February 9, 2013 at 10:05 pm

And that is why I make my own laundry soap

50. Char Hammond | January 16, 2014 at 4:25 am

I also used to make my own laundry soap.Now I use the green ball and I have wonderful results with it.I also use the Nellie Drier Balls.You can get these at London Drugs.I can’t believe how much soap the laundry ball took out.Believe me, it’s fantastic .

51. Ilsa Wood | December 23, 2015 at 8:57 pm

What is a green ball, and how does it take soap out of your clothes?

52. Rebel Siren | February 9, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Great list! Add to that, all produce, foods, and products made from GMOs and petroleum byproducts! Thanks for the information!

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53. Chad | February 9, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Who conducted the study that concluded these products specifically cause cancer ruling out all other factors. The problem with a person who has a little bit of knowledge is often times they don’t realize how limited that knowledge is, so they start arriving at conclusions that aren’t based on science and pass those mislead assumptions off as scientific fact to anyone who will listen. Case in point, look at all the posts below from people who are prepared to change a number of products they buy because they read something online and really have no idea how accurate the information is. And P.S. I have no affiliation to any of these companies personally or professionally.

54. ‘Rass” | February 11, 2013 at 12:51 am

55. Terri | May 4, 2013 at 10:52 am

AHH, a rational mind!

56. Denny | June 14, 2017 at 3:00 pm

And sometimes the problem is that people assume the information is incorrect for the same reason. You asked a fair question but then proceeded with your conclusion as though your assumption that the research is flawed is correct without anything more than your own limited knowledge to back that up, either.

57. Gabriel (@gabbsPanama) | February 9, 2013 at 1:23 pm

There is no no definite proof that TALC causes cancer. ( So even if there’s some “risk” of it on it, the title is misleading and makes me doubt about any of the other products as carcinogens.

58. mike4johnson | February 9, 2013 at 11:21 am

Nobody on this planet is using DDT in agriculture, nobody is producing anymore in the last 20 years, you can’t find on the market, you can’t find on pesticide producers and distributors. it is banned and disappeared 20 years ago.

59. Dr_No | February 9, 2013 at 4:17 am

You asshats are effing nuts. In case you can’t figure it out, you and your unfunded political mandates for ‘information’ like this are one of the drivers that raise prices for everyone for everything while accomplishing absolutely nothing. You think maybe some nice lab is going to just do testing for all these things for free? No. You plan to force manufacturers to pay for the testing and then force them to relabel their products for consumers who could care less and won’t read the label you forced the manufacturer to place on the product. Net result: Increased costs to everyone with no net benefit to anyone except the testing lab and your friends. It’s people like you who elect people like Nanny Bloomberg and Moochelle Obama to positions of power so as to indirectly enforce your tyrannical little Leftist wet dreams on those of us who realize and accept that life has never been – and will never be – risk-free. You need to get a life, accept reality, and grow up.

60. President_No | February 11, 2013 at 7:24 pm

Wake up you wanker …

61. cecilia gross | June 11, 2013 at 7:37 pm

as far as I know, Michelle Obama wasn’t elected to anything. grow up.

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63. batzilla | February 8, 2013 at 12:10 am

Everything causes cancer, get used to it.

64. jang | February 12, 2013 at 12:19 pm

not every thing cause cancer .i came from a country were the cancer rate is very low , we do not use any off that stuff . most of our stuff made from coconut .. . like coconut oil coconut sugar coconut powder and many many more thing .and we use lot of baking soda , that ‘s what the poor man use .

65. KnowBetter | December 18, 2013 at 6:20 am

Amen. Polluting corporations manufacturing this crap manipulate the masses of ignorant Americans.

66. Deb | February 7, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Sharing , thanks for the info. The world is getting worse everyday on health issues and products.

67. Bob | November 5, 2012 at 10:31 pm

You guys can use vinegar for cleaning you know. Also, make your own underarm, toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner at home with healthy natural ingredients! You do not need to buy this crap from stores at all. Save your money and use your brain people!

68. Dee | February 8, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Just now received this, it is awful what we as Americans are doing to our bodies and our environment. Yes vinegar has many benefits but so does “water”…healthy for drinking, cleaning, disinfecting and yes many ways to make your own healthy natural daily use products.

69. Betty Knutson (@optimalskincare) | February 27, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Get a ‘real clean’ with JUST water and Norwex microfiber cloths and mops! Safe and effective! See it, feel it, breathe it and BE it!

70. Joe Liberty | February 9, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Vinegar is made from GMO corn, try again bud

71. Bario | April 11, 2013 at 6:14 pm

72. Cristi | February 28, 2013 at 7:43 pm

Do you have recipes for all of this?

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75. wouldntyouliketoknow | June 30, 2012 at 6:04 pm

someone tell me something that does not cause cancer…

76. Julie | February 8, 2013 at 12:49 am

77. angi | February 9, 2013 at 3:48 pm

baking soda and vinegar! it’s all u need for all your cleaning needs, can be ingested and some have even cured cancers with it.

78. craig | February 9, 2013 at 5:17 pm

79. Rachel | June 1, 2012 at 3:52 pm

It so great to see more exposure on the wide range of toxins present in everyday items used and consumed by the trusting and ignorant population. As a concerned consumer trying my darnedest to eradicate these toxins from my life and stay informed about these atrocious ingredients and companies, I am overwhelmed with concern about how these ingredients have found a safe house to exist and be used in our society and why these sick companies and the people who run them are able to get away with doing so? When are governments and people going to take the same stand against this as they do with anti smoking campaigns. Are they not the same problem? Is it not the same as when a doctor promoted the health benefits of smoking to Johnson & Johnson guilting parents into using their wonderfully soft cancer talcum powder on their new born baby. Why do we think only one of these scenarios are wrong? I really do hope all us actively conscious humans an start making a difference…for everyone.

80. radon winston salem | March 27, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Wow I had no idea baby powder can cause problems, I just put a radon system in my home for the fact that radon gas causes lung cancer and kills over 20K people a year! Now that I have looked at your list I am going to have to be careful about what products I use and how I use them! Thanks for all the advice!

83. prettyamphetamine | January 23, 2012 at 1:06 pm

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84. lantanagurl | January 22, 2012 at 3:24 pm

85. Ruth | January 7, 2012 at 7:33 pm

If we don’t wake up and see what Obama is doing to this country, we will be happy to be socialists, and flee to Europe to get out of the U. s. that he is trying to create. He wants to be King, and bypasses Congress to push his agenda. The most dangerous president in history. Mark my words……….

86. kozi2005 | January 11, 2012 at 2:17 am

Fox “News” is poisoning your brain Ruth. Maybe we can add that to the list.

87. r | February 8, 2013 at 9:37 pm

So weird, I dont think Ruth realizes the amount of socialism and communism that is still lingering around Europe, or the fact that every single one of these products preceeds Obama being in diapers.

88. Lee Ann Forrest | February 9, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Ruth, do you even know what a socialist is? Stop buying into the BS that Fox and others are selling… it’s all cheap political rhetoric that has nothing to do with what’s really happening in our society. And don’t be afraid of Obama, be afraid of the big banks, the mega-corporations, and the filthy rich guys who are secretly running the country.

89. Sheila Zimmer | February 10, 2013 at 7:06 pm

Ruth has a screw loose…..Read and don’t watch Faux News.

90. Raine | January 19, 2012 at 3:38 pm

so I guess you’re a fan of George W. Bush. Really you should get your head out od your a**. Obama is trying to clean up an eight year mess did you think he had a wand to change our economy overnight? Do you buy made in the USA? Or do you buy crap made in China and other places? You may be part of the problem that you are complaining about. Look at yourself and what you can do before you go pointing fingers.

91. tj | February 10, 2013 at 3:54 am

92. Lisa Foss | January 21, 2012 at 9:10 pm

What the hell does this have to do with the article?

93. KAREN ORTEGA | January 23, 2012 at 2:57 am

Obama. We’re talking about baby powder and laundry detergents. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing…pure ignorance is frightening. Get educated.

94. June Bug | November 14, 2012 at 3:33 pm

this has nothing to do with cancer and toothpaste.

95. Mary | February 9, 2013 at 3:36 pm

what does your opinion of Obama have to do with this article?

96. Nancy | February 10, 2013 at 1:01 am

Some people just can’t get past his becoming President and being reelected. They just listen to Faux News and Rush and Glenn and call it gospel. I feel sorry for the people that blame everything that is wrong with the country and the world on him. If he has to push his agenda through without Congress, so be it. The Right has made it very clear that we can forget about anything good being done because it might have the appearance that the President has more intelligence than all of the GOP/RIGHT put together.

97. Maggie | February 11, 2013 at 2:25 pm

Well none of that is based in reality at all, nor does it have ANYTHING to do with this article. Your level of ignorance/ being uninformed is embarrassing.

98. cecilia gross | June 11, 2013 at 7:42 pm

Hey crazy Ruth…your cancer is going to be caused by the negativity floating through your veins. stop blaming our black president for the world’s woes. all of this didn’t happy overnight. you will probably develop cancer because you have vicious hate cells…so sorry for your limited view of life.

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100. Wayne | December 31, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Wow. Impressed of this list. And you would think that these products would actually be harmless! So many people don’t know of this.

101. Cass Cascadia | December 23, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Cancer rates are not “skyrocketing.” Obesity is skyrocketing. Cancer rates are actually declining slowly, mostly in response to lower rates of cigarette smoking. New diagnoses for all types of cancer combined in the United States decreased, on average, almost 1 percent per year from 1999 to 2006. Cancer deaths decreased 1.6 percent per year from 2001 to 2006.

There are a lot of things wrong with this article, starting with the title. What does “Top 12 cancer-causing products” mean? Most of these products do not have nearly the cancer causing potential of cigarettes or radon, which are found in many homes. And you can bet the sun, and human estrogen, which are both carcinonogenic, cause a lot more cancers than talcum powder.

I’m as concerned about cancer prevention as anyone, but this article is a little misleading.

102. Nunya | December 30, 2011 at 4:26 am

My mother is a smoker and was a talc user. She has smoked for over 40 years and no lung cancer etc. She used a perfumed powder on her vagina and has battled ovarian, uterine, and vaginal cancer 3 times. Many people are unaware that talc is so cancerous to the vagina as it is not as openly discussed in polite company. While this ad is it’s own propaganda to sell a laundry product, it is stating things some people might not be aware of. Before you condemn it, it should be praised at least for passing on the information so people can make more informed decisions.

103. Kristen | June 11, 2013 at 11:42 pm

Smoking doesn’t only cause lung cancer. Check out the list. Cervical cancer is on there too.

104. Barbara | January 22, 2012 at 8:53 pm

I agree, people don’t read critically and believe everything they hear. You comment is well thought out and well said.

105. Billie | December 22, 2011 at 5:49 am

I’m constantly amazed at what we find out! My family has chosen to change our eating to try to FEEL better. Within 2 weeks of following including MUCH more live food with the lifestyle we live now we all have better energy but the side effect was both my son and hubby lost 35 pounds. I always ate this way and never had a weight issue. I use Snap green cleaning products because of my sensitivity to scents. You can see them at but I’ve found I no longer have issues with cleaning and we are all FEELING better. WE control how we live, if we are aware we can improve our health.


107. Lee Coe | January 21, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Use Stevia as a sweetner. All natural, desicated leaf of a plant that grows in your yard. It is sold in many grocery stores. It’s in a light green packet and the packet will sweeten 2 cups of tea or coffee. Nothing harmful in it!!

108. Geo. | February 8, 2013 at 6:43 pm

but tastes awefull

109. Brian Hatch | December 21, 2011 at 11:13 am

I have no doubt that saccharin in the pink little packages caused my mothers death. She died in 2006 from leukemia (cancer of the blood).

110. Sandy Graham | December 20, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Now they are saying that arsenic has been put into Orange Juice and Apple Juice all kinds of juice. Not only that they inject chickens to last longer with Formaldehyde. Something should be done immediately about the toxic chemicals added to our food.

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115. Douglas Yost | June 29, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Most of these products we knew had nasty chemicals in them. The cancer causing properties of talcum powder caught me by surprise.

116. brendakidd | June 16, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Procter And Gamble Main Ingredient that Is In Embalming Fluid Is In The Living Consumers Bodies Nationwide…

Consumers have inhaled, ingested, and absorbed through the skin, formaldehyde, the main chemical ingredient in Embalming Fluid.

Please click on the above link or copy and paste it in your browser and click enter to sign the Petition: By Choice For Procter & Gamble To Take The Contaminants Out Of Their Products.

A small amount of formaldehyde is added to preservatives, sanitisings, disinfectants and additives, which are mixed together to form a mixture, known as embalming fluid.

Although Formaldehyde is the main ingredient/contaminant in embalming fluid, it was not name an ingredient in consumers’ household products, personal care products and baby products, etc…

But, as of the middle part of 2011, formaldehyde has now been named a chemical that causes cancer, by the Federal Government. Currently, formaldehyde is not listed on most of the product labels.

When this mixture is injected into corpses (dead people) arterial, it stiffens and hardens the muscles and the skin, as well as, prevents the corpses from decomposition.
This formaldehyde mixture will change a sickles, very thin, sagging skin, even an open mouth, bruise body at the time of death, back to his or her original size and appearance, over a high, percentage of the time.

Unlike what it does to decease bodies, formaldehyde will damage the neurological connectors in living bodies.

Formaldehyde will irritate the human nose, human eyes, human throat and human lungs.

Household chemicals namely formaldehyde can cause humans to have the following health problems: Ear infections, depression, asthma, vomiting, laryngitis, mental confusion, skin reactions, joint pain, disorientation, sleep disturbances, headaches, fatigue, nausea, phlebitis, dizziness, panic attacks, cardiovascular problems, bed wetting and anxiety attacks.

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Infants, toddlers, elderly, women who work in the home/stay at home moms and chronically ill people have even a higher death rate from cancer cause by formaldehyde and other chemicals and contaminants, than people working outside the home, because they spend more time in the home.

Many chemicals that are used in products have not been tested for negative side effects, and mostly, none of the chemicals have been tested in combination with other chemicals.

The FDA oversees personal care products and regulates them once they are on the market. There is no stamp of approval beforehand.

Labeling for Procter and Gamble products are done by Procter and Gamble/manufacturers. Do you think for a second, that they will list anything that they don’t have to, as well as, other companies, too?

Formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane are not only found in children and adults products, they are found in other products too.

Below are some of the products, which contain formaldehyde, 1,4-dioxane and other chemicals and contaminants.

Toothpaste/a small amount of toothpaste with formaldehyde in it and other chemicals can kill or harm a child, fluoride, shampoo, baby products, cosmetics, mouthwash, cleaning products, hair setting lotions, hairspray, pharmaceutical drugs, over the counter medications, perfumes, fingernail polish, fungicides use on fruit trees have cause babies to be born with very tiny eyes or no eyes, pesticides, air fresheners desensitize your nerves in your nose so you can’t smell, laundry spray starch, dry cleaning clothing, moth balls, floor polishes, antiperspirants, waxes, furniture polish, shaving cream, laundry detergents, tide is the main polluter, tide, tide free, ivory snow gentle, gain 2x ultra, cheer bright clean detergent, era 2x ultra, nail polish remover, insect repellent, hair styling gel and mousse, window cleaners, baby powder with talc, crest tartar control toothpaste, lysol disinfectant, clairol nice-n-easy hair color, head and shoulder shampoo, pantene shampoo, herbal essence shampoo, vo5 hair conditioner, ajax cleanser, Palmolive dish liquid, chlorine, bleach is linked to breast cancer and behavioral problems in our children and reproductive problems in men, wax paper, Tupperware/plastic has cause kidney and liver damage, coffee, money, permanent press clothing, carpet have caused kidney and liver damage, tobacco, dawn dishwashing detergent and easy off. Mobile home smell and New car smell…

Cancer is the number one cause of death for children of all ages. Cancer rates have almost double since the 60’s. The above products that are mix with chemicals and contaminants are killing us all.

Children as well as adults have been exposed to this chemical, formaldehyde, which causes cancer, and the above products, along with other dangerous chemicals and contaminants.

Household chemicals namely formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane and other chemicals and contaminants can cause consumers to have severe health problems.

Formaldehyde is linked to birth defects, psychological abnormalities, cancer and allergies.

Below are some of the diseases, which are related to formaldehyde the main ingredient in embalming fluid. Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, lupus, depression, hormonal problems, Parkinson’s disease, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, circulatory disorders, irritable bowel syndrome and arthritis.

Formaldehyde: This powerful embalming fluid ingredient is in Procter and Gamble products and it is a known carcinogen by the Federal Government. Formaldehyde causes cancer in consumers nationwide.

However, some chemicals that are known to be carcinogens, names are often disguised by using many innocuous names. To confuse the consumers even more some chemicals are listed under many different synonyms names. Furthermore, contaminants do not have to be listed on the product labels.

Procter and Gamble you know that harmful, unwanted, cancer is appearing in consumers and their children bodies from chemicals and contaminants, which are in your products. But, you along with other companies,’ don’t have an antidote for it. Cancer can be medically treated, but it can’t be reversed.
Once cancer appears in your body, and goes into remission, there is always a chance that it will come back.

Stop purchasing Procter and Gamble, as well as, other company’s everyday use of some of their baby products, household cleaning products, household cooking products, plastic containers products and cosmetics products, until proven changes are made.

Procter and gamble and other companies, you must make your products formaldehyde free, 1,4-dioxane free, and all other dangerous hazard toxic chemicals and contaminants free, free, free….

117. Aaron | December 22, 2011 at 6:52 pm

instead of complaining and signing petitions just stop buying the products altogether. if no one buys it they will not make it. plain and simple.

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119. Richard | May 15, 2011 at 2:26 pm

To Cynthia who brought up the notion that “Bush ruined the country”……you’re an idiot.

120. jjj3735 | May 15, 2011 at 2:37 am

who cares! my grandparents ate and were subject to far worse and they’re still kickin’ at 90+! GET OVER IT GREENIES!

121. cares | May 16, 2011 at 9:52 pm

…and they used lye in their soap which they scrubbed their entire body with on a daily basis…inhaled fumes from non-regulated poison spewing vehicles…ate BUTTER (GASP!) baked with LARD…in many instances drank unpasteurized milk…
I agree. Everything in moderation. If you want to be go green in your own family, good for you, but STOP pushing your particular lifestyle as the only, very best one.
I’ll step down off my heavily scented soapbox now and continue to pray that my co-workers in the cubicles around me don’t stop using deodorant since those ingredients are carcinogenic as well. Geez…

122. April | December 21, 2011 at 7:17 am

but our grandparents DID know better! i eat grass fed organic butter, drink raw organic grass fed milk.
now in our food and body products, these companies are putting JUNK into it that our grandparents did NOT have.. High fructose corn syrup is something our grandparents didn’t eat as a kid! same with body products. if there are proven safer alternatives, why would you continue to use the crap.

123. cassi | May 10, 2011 at 7:06 pm

although the article is of a valid and important matter…it is also from September of 1995. keep that in mind. it’s possible a lot of these products have changed, or maybe not, but just thought i should point out that this info and article was released back in 1995, as shown on the CPC dirty dozen website.

124. reva | May 10, 2011 at 3:39 pm

can’t believe whait i read and see for my own eyes i use some of the products listed in the top 12 . the are going to be returned for disposed of. wow had no idea thanks for the information.

125. Monica | May 10, 2011 at 1:10 am

Order Molly’s Suds Liquid or Powder Laundry soap. It’s fabulous and no toxic or hidden toxic ingredients! Vegan and Cruelty Free!! It is ideal for those with sensitive skin and safe for the whole family including pet bedding!

126. Teresa | May 9, 2011 at 5:56 pm

I’ve been using Melaleuca products for the past 6 years. I had developed chemical sensitivities to the point I had migraines just smelling any strong scent from perfumes or cleaning products! I can shop for all my household needs, laundry, cleaning, personal care, dental, vitamins … all in one shopping trip. My chemical issues disappeared after switching, I know my health is better for it, and so is my familys health! I do not trust these large manufacturers anymore…when profit is taken over the consumers health…that’s where I draw the line!!

127. the pondwhelk | May 7, 2011 at 1:42 pm

i use ‘Oatly’, to replace milk: its a milk substitute made from organic oats, and tastes at least as good as soya milk(which i’ve drunk for the last 20 years). as detergent in the washing machine, for clothes, i use Ecover washing-up liquid: just a teaspoonful. it’s far less abrasive than washing machine detergent powders, and woollen things come out as soft as cashmere. i don’t use makeup, but am still trying to find a sourace of soft soap instead of shampoo. it’s good to get used to a little dirt round the house: nothing squalid, but just the natural deposits living leaves behind. we’re not squeaky clean organisms, and it isn’t healthy to try to be so. the recent use of antiseptic wipes everywhere is a very bad idea, on the whole.

128. alice | May 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm

This is such a deceptive article. It is pushing the sale of a product, probably a very nice product I’m sure, by using scare tactics. The first clue is the use of the term “giant corporations” as if they are out to get us!
Cancer rates are NOT sky rocketing. The are more cases reported because we live longer and don’t die from other causes. Detection methods are better. We are more cancer aware and we talk about it more than a generation or two ago would. It used to be that cancer was not discussed, it was something to be embarrassed about. Now we talk very freely about it and sadly some use it as a badge of honor and a fund raising, profit making tool.
I am not saying we should abuse our bodies and our environment and our planet BUT we have to use common sense about the way we live.

129. Guest | August 27, 2011 at 7:58 am

True at the end it offers that super expensive laundry ball, but i dont think it was a deceptive article using scare tactics. I think it was mostly supplying information. True information can be scary but they just stated facts. Fact is it is a scary world once you are awake and realize what’s going on…

130. Neil Dunlop | December 19, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Agreed, this is a scare ’em up. If they started by telling us that they had a better product that did not contain common carcinogens, even in very small quantities, and THEN invited us to click on a link to a description of what was in other products, their points might be acceptable. As it is, they try to scare the unwary and then offer a costly solution. We all are living longer because we have access to products that are largely safe and available at prices that people can afford. Take great care when you knock those benefits. Most readers are simply likely to lose trust and live in fear when they read this stuff, while not being able to afford anything that improves their life. That is a not a good place for them to be; on average, they are likely to live a long time doing what they are already doing – that is a clear, well verified statistic.

131. smartklean | December 23, 2013 at 8:33 pm

We do not intend to scare our readers. It’s simply raising awareness to topics that are causing suffering to people and our environment. And it’s incredibly easy to find healthier alternatives for all these products with a simple search on Google. The article is based on the truth of popular products the masses find safe and acceptable for their homes. It is up to the reader to do their own research and find products that are safe and affordable for their household. On this same blog, one can find DIY (do it yourself) cleaning recipes to make at home with simple natural ingredients such as vinegar, baking soda, lemon, corn starch, essential oils, etc. One simply has to LOOK. There are thousands upon thousands of other blogs that list the same information for cleaning products, personal hygiene products, and safer food products. If one loses trust and lives in fear, that is because they decided to stay in that state of mind and chooses to continue making brands, government, institutions, manufacturers, etc. responsible for their own health. The message: you are responsible for your own health.

132. Bev | May 5, 2011 at 5:11 am

Alpenrose milk in Portland, OR is not treated with rBGH either.
For laundry, if I need extra cleaning power, I add baking soda and salt. The salt scours out the smells of towels or sweat on undershirts. I use hot water for the towels. I haven’t put salt in perm. press, etc. just the towels. I am for sure gong to check my labels!

133. Reneé | May 4, 2011 at 4:16 am

Not sure if the example products came from you or Nader…but for “milk”, Lucerne is one of the companies that has a “from cows not treated with rBGH” notice on the label. I don’t know about their other practices but you might want to reconsider lumping them in with the bad guys at least on that account.

134. Erin | May 3, 2011 at 10:40 pm

All the more reasons to use Greener Living Soap Nuts!

135. MaryClare | May 3, 2011 at 4:04 am

Polysorbate 80 was mentioned above as an ingredient, however, it is also a reproductive sterilization chemical known as Tween 80, found in Bluebell ice cream for ex….it is included in the Gardasil vaccine and the H1N1 flu shot and is now found in vaccines being shipped to 3rd world countries for population control thanks to Bill Gates, Ted Turner, and other plutocrats.

3,587 miscarriages in the U.S. have been attributed to the use of polysorbate 80 in the H1N1 flu shot being administered to pregnant women.

136. Sabrina Ellison | May 2, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Please contact me if you purchased one of these products and would like to join a class action lawsuit against these companies.

137. TJ | May 2, 2011 at 1:45 am

Bad news, Arbonne is actually quite toxic also. Do your research.

138. Wellness Advocate | May 1, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Thank you so much for raising awareness and sharing this information! At this time 7 out of 10 people are suffering with at least 1 chronic disease and many of them could be prevented if we choose non-toxic products. Consumers need to know that there are companies that care as much about people as profits and are committed to making 100% toxin free products that are safe for our families and our environment.

139. Michele | May 1, 2011 at 3:39 am

While it is pretty scary what is in some of our foods, cosmetics, skincare and cleaning products there are some awesome alternatives out there. For those interested and concerned about what is in their cosmetic and skincare products you might want to check out Arbonne carries botanically based skincare, cosmetic and wellness products. The products don’t contain any animal products or by-products, no formaldehyde-donating preservatives as well as not petroleum based ingredients. Check it out or ask me for more information on any of the products and where they can be purchased. It is a great alternative to what’s out there!

140. Trina | May 4, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Perhaps a great alternative, but you’ll have to remortgage your house in order to use them consistently. I make all my own cosmetics… it takes up a couple hours a week but overall I’ve saved a ton of money and I feel good about the things I put on my skin.

141. Kelly | April 30, 2011 at 5:31 pm

I also wanted to suggest Biokleen products. I use that product a lot myself. I use their laundry detergent and a bottle is 128 loads if HE. I think I might have gotten more out of it than that. It only requires a tablespoon per load. I think it works great.

I’m currently trying out their dish soap, they say can also be used as a hand soap and dog wash! It’s detergent is made from grapefruit (same as the laundry soap). I also use it to wash my fruits and vegetables.

142. Kelly | April 30, 2011 at 5:16 pm

I use Method brand for most of my cleaning products around the house now. Much better for us and the environment compared to other cleaners, they smell great, they aren’t that expensive, and they’re available at places like Target!

They also make things like hand soap, dish soap, a something similar to a swiffer. You can google to find their website. Just try “Method Cleaner” or something similar.

I will agree that making your own products is still best, no packaging to toss out/recycle and harmless ingredients. But the average person probably won’t want to take the time or effort.

143. Spud | April 30, 2011 at 11:09 am

In so far as silica dust being harmful , best not go outside anymore, as silica dust is in every breath you take. Oh my.
If SHTF this kind of thought is going to be hard on all you shut ins that are afraid of the natural world. Your immune system will not develop without exposure folks. Just a thought.
All things in moderation guys.

144. Linda | May 10, 2011 at 9:45 am

I do better outside than inside. When you have people that do their wash with pinesol and the apartment building reeks and migraines and vomiting start you start getting informed. Been sick for 12 years dealing with fragrance. Fragrance can have hundreds of untested chemicals. It is not the products I use, it is the products others are using now that cause so much suffering.

You have no idea how many are so sick.

145. Ethan | April 30, 2011 at 5:59 am

Another terrible product that is killing our bees’ and every other insect on the planet that comes into contact is the active ingredient used in the flea killer Advantage® Topical Solution, imidacloprid.

146. smartklean | April 29, 2011 at 11:49 pm

Be careful and make sure to read ingredient labels even when using green products:

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148. john | April 27, 2011 at 12:38 am

… thank you. an good vibes w/ no preservatives, so use those vibes fast…

149. Richard Centner | April 25, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Ralph Nader is the Westboro Baptist Church of crisis-mongering. I plan to continue eating hot dogs; the number you’d have to consume to do serious damage to yourself is extensive. Note that one of the labels lists “DDT,” which is strange since it’s been banned for years because of Rachel Carson’s shrill and alarmist “Silent Spring,” the result of which has been the death of millions from malaria because we can’t kill the anopheles mosquito. It might surprise you to know that many of the ingredients in perfectly healthy foods (oranges, apples, soybeans, etc.) if tested individually, will prove to be carcinogenic or otherwise dangerous to your health. When you read an article like this, do you ever ask yourself why you don’t see people dropping like flies?
I eat one or two bowls of ice cream a week (to use just one example) and pour half and half on my cereal. My HDL and LDL cholesterol levels are actually better now than they were ten years ago (I’m 68). I also walk a lot and eat very little beef by taste not because of some half-truths about possible carcinogens.
I’ve taken a broad battery of allergy tests and almost all my allergies are environmental, not due to foods or chemicals, some of which were included in the tests.
One of the wiser verses in the Bible asks, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?” In fact, worry can shorten your life, so calm down and stop tilting at windmills.

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150. nancy Caruso | April 25, 2011 at 10:11 pm

One drop of water will not break a rock, either, but many over time will.
If you research cholesterol (i suggest, you will find that ice cream and half & half do not necessarily raise bad cholesterol levels.
And, what makes you think you live in an environmentally clean environment.
God also tells us that our bodies are His temple. Shouldn’t we do everything we can to take good care of it?? Taking care of something valuable does not mean we worry about it.

151. Deb Honer | April 27, 2011 at 2:18 am

152. wind | April 28, 2011 at 3:32 pm

always two sides to the story and Ralph is probably taking a lesson from Al Gore’s AGW fame, who took his lesson from DuPont.

The loser candidate’s guide to staying relevant:
“1. Find red button. 2. Push it.”

Good response Richard. I’ll keep eating hot dogs too. If Takeru Kobayashi dies of cancer maybe I’ll shy away then.

153. Erica Durham | May 11, 2011 at 2:13 am

thank you so much for this comment….People need to wake up a little. I understand trying to be “green” and all….but what good is toothpaste without flouride? Or TALCum powder without talc? I think that maybe people are over doing it a little and find it funny that this post is littered with “buy these green products” advertisements…

154. Weldon | May 16, 2011 at 12:58 am

The simple fact that you have environmental allergies proves you are not as healthy as you think you are. If your body wasn’t already burdened with toxins you could handle the environment. We did evolve with the environment you know? Why all of a sudden would human kind be allergic to it? Think about it?

155. Ragdollteddy | April 25, 2011 at 12:42 pm

I am not surprised that P&G has a product on this list. I’m certain there are many more because all they are interested in is the almighty dollar and they don’t care who they hurt getting it. I have boycotted P&G for over 25 years and continue to do so. FYI, they also promote Folgers coffee, IAMS and Eukanuba pet foods. Stay away from anything that puts money in their pockets.

156. Kenneth Ray | April 25, 2011 at 6:42 am

Unknowing the benefits of apricot seeds, I planted 2 apricot trees this year, just because I like apricots; and all my life. (especially fresh.)

157. sean liechti | April 25, 2011 at 2:41 am

happy Easter and earth day and thanks for posting this i knew but now i know specifically ralph your one of my heros plze share this w/ other peps

158. Rhoda | April 23, 2011 at 1:03 pm

I’ve used Ajax all my life – ditto Crest, Lysol Spray and Zud, OMG. Who knew.

159. Tim | April 22, 2011 at 4:33 pm

The answer to Cancer has been know for many years. The key is prevention however, if you have just been diagnosed or have had cancer for some time, you must start eating your apricot seeds, enzymes and more immediately. In any stage, a person should literally become a ‘born again’ eater. when the cancer is in end stages a few apricot seeds can only slow the cancer down and not fully rejuvinate person’s organs and circulatorysystem.

160. red | April 26, 2011 at 4:30 pm

really nature is so fascinating, people ask me why I started my Landscaping Gardening business. This is why. Simplicity. Apricot seeds for cancer, AMAZING. get back in touch people….a little hope, the branch of the business thats taking off is the Custom/Organic portion. People are listening…..

161. Cynthia | April 22, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Ralph Nader is responsible for Bush being elected and ruining the country. Not a her!

162. Renee | April 25, 2011 at 9:57 pm

Not true at all. The people who voted for Bush are responsible for electing him. And those who sat around and said/did nothing while he was in office are just as guilty at ruining the country. The Nader “argument” is ridiculous. The number of votes accounted for by all of the other parties – and we should be more than a two party system wouldn’t have propelled Gore into office. The popular vote is not what wins elections.
Do your homework.

163. Erica Durham | May 11, 2011 at 2:11 am

who said Bush “ruined” the country. Maybe you both need to do your homework!

164. poop typhoon | June 23, 2011 at 8:12 pm

i said he ruined the country. do you need info to cite me?

165. Sheldon | December 20, 2011 at 9:53 pm

We are in a much bigger sh*t hole now and it has nothing to do with Bush

166. Nancy | April 22, 2011 at 2:49 am

Too bad the alternatives and so-called green cleaners etc are usually double the price, which makes them a harder sell.

167. Angie | April 26, 2011 at 3:17 am

Nancy, Seventh Generation is a good product and you use less of it so it lasts longer. You can also do vinegar and water which is far less expensive.

168. C Doyle | April 22, 2011 at 12:27 am

Here in Nova Scotia we have this guide The Guide to Less Toxic Products – It is quite helpful to making informed decisions.

169. renee pearman | April 21, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Hah! The FDA IS the problem, I’ve started calling them the Federal Death Administration. There is a petition going for our reps. to push for labeling of GMO’s on foods. (genetically modified organisims) I passed it on, forgot the site, try googeling ‘millions against monsanto’.
28 yrs. ago the EPA studied fat in people all across the country: 100% had 4 industrial solvents and 1 dioxide, 90% also had 9 other chemicals, 3 of those were dioxins and 1 furan, 83% also had an accumulation of PCB’s. Again, that was 28 yrs. ago. They concluded we were ingesting these through our soil and water.
So when I read about autisim skyrocketing and how many physical problems these little kids have besides, it sounds to me like they’ve been poisoned from the womb. This article and these web sites just confirms it. We’ve been too smart for our own good. We’ve created all these products to the detriment and even to the death of ourselves.

170. Theresa | April 25, 2011 at 11:22 pm

The problem is many people think “out of sight out of mind”, down the drain it goes…therefore it must be gone! Maybe if we didn’t have such great sewage and garbage disposal systems the world would be a cleaner place. If people’s only choice is to dispose of waste in their own backyards, how would things be different today? People would buy less junk, toxic cleaners, etc.

171. poop typhoon | June 23, 2011 at 8:11 pm

that’s false; i didn’t create them and i don’t think i would have under any circumstance.

172. smartklean | April 21, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Check out this great resource to search for the toxicity of products you use. Just type the product name and you will find all the ingredients and the toxicity levels:

“Our staff scientists compare the ingredients on personal care product labels and websites to information in nearly 60 toxicity and regulatory databases.”

173. SK | April 21, 2011 at 5:30 pm

What you fail to mention here is how much of these agents have to be ingested/absorbed/inhaled in order for there to be a danger. This is important information and you left it out.

174. Renee | April 25, 2011 at 9:52 pm

Seriously? You ingest hot dogs and milk. While your skin is supposed to be a barrier in many instances, it is also incredibly absorbant…gosh, gum tissue is like a sponge. Thus, hair color, toothpaste, shampoos/conditioners, and hair color chemicals are sucked in…same goes for the meds you put on your animals. And as for inhaled…when you sprinkle Ajax, the particles are inhaled. When you spray Lysol…do you hold your nose?

175. Jenny | April 26, 2011 at 11:45 am

Especially when using warm water, which opens the pores of the skin. I dont know anyone taking cold showers!

176. Cosmic Cowgirl | May 10, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Try this experiment. Weigh yourself before taking a bath/shower. Towel dry and weigh yourself after. My guess is that you have gained about a pound. Yes, the skin does have keratin which acts as barrier, but not a complete barrier. So – what exactly has been absorbed by your skin, other than the water? Chemicals.

177. Ramona | May 12, 2011 at 5:03 am

Dr. Staninger, renown toxicologist, adamantly explains that Anything you put on your skin is absorbed within 20 seconds…
Therefore, everything we come into skin contact with, has the potential of toxifying our system.
Also, our lungs have the largest surface area of any other organ, even more than skin. Breathing household chemicals and pumping our gas are by far the greatest risks to our health.
Here’s to the art of selective breathing!

178. Theresa | April 25, 2011 at 11:18 pm

Amounts don’t matter to me. I just want to know what’s in them so I can avoid them if I choose. And some of these substances are toxic even in small amounts. Some people don’t even read the labels. I saw someone cleaning silver with their bare hands with silver cleaner that contains a carcinogen. This is listed on the label in very small print. This product should not even be out there. Someone else sprays tons of Lysol spray in his bedroom, thinking that it’s healthy. These products really are unnecessary.

179. poop typhoon | June 23, 2011 at 8:06 pm

that’s called toxicology. i think it’s pretty important too.

180. Australia wants GM FREE FOOD | April 21, 2011 at 6:30 am

It is time to wake people up and not wait for governments to protect you … GO BACK TO BASICS … Bicarb and vinegar ELBOW GREASE detoxify your homes and you life and ASK for GM FREE FOOD.

181. Lisa Hill | April 21, 2011 at 2:36 am

This is shocking! Marketing and profit are more important than human life. I have used, Nice and Easy for 40 years. My father had multiple myceloma and died of it in 06. I can not believe that the FDA had not banded these products. We need to have a government that takes care of it’s people. The multiple lobbyists in Washington keep these harmful products on the market. I am sure there is allot of “payoff” for keeping this stuff out of the eyes of the public. Please spread this to all of your friends, I am. God help us!

182. Jessica F | May 16, 2011 at 2:05 pm

While I am distressed by this information I recognize that is is MY responsibility to research and use products that are healthy for my family. It is not our governments responsibility to make these choices for us. If we are aware of the problem it is our responsibility as consumers to STOP using these products and to spread the word.

183. poop typhoon | June 23, 2011 at 8:04 pm

that’s wrong; both parties must yield something toward propriety. government was made to watch-out for the governed; haven’t you seen?

184. Mark A | April 21, 2011 at 1:31 am

I live in San Francisco and I go to Whole Foods. They have products that are green and clean (chemically clean).

185. dan | April 20, 2011 at 11:16 pm

Has bleached toilet paper even been tested?

186. Links for 04/20/2011 |™ | April 20, 2011 at 9:33 pm

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188. Matteo Troncone | April 20, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Ralph Nader is an American hero. Thank you!

189. Paul Steffen | May 15, 2011 at 12:00 am

About 20 years ago, a wise college prof. said;

“Free enterprise….the right of industry to kill off it’s customers”

190. Clayvessel | April 20, 2011 at 3:52 pm

I am curious as to why these have so many “unlabeled” ingredients? Why are they allowed to be “unlabeled?” Also, how did you find out about their presence if they are unlabeled?

191. smartklean | April 20, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Hi Clayvessel, it’s hard to even begin explaining this. It’s sad that most people are unaware that U.S chemical laws so outdated (they have not been reviewed in about 40 years) and corrupt that the only rule that seems to apply here is that basically anything goes in personal care products. The Cancer Prevention Coalition (CPC) ran lab tests and gained access to the ingredient information of these products.

Have you seen the Story of Cosmetics? – You will be amazed when watch this video! Read the article we wrote below it as well.

Also, check out There’s a world of information regarding the chemicals that are going into our home, bodies and environment. This is one of the best resources for information on topics like these. is another great website filled with tons of great, eye-opening information, specially if you have children.

Stay safe and informed! Thanks for visiting our blog.

192. Linda | May 10, 2011 at 9:35 am

Many of us found out when we became ill when near most products anything with fragrance is the worse. And it is just about everything. There are hearings you can watch about how our leaders have no idea what is in our products. They need legislation to make the companies reveal their trade secrets. Millions are sick.

193. Ms. Williams | April 20, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Ok, I need to fix some things. What alternatives would you suggest for the Ajax, the hot dogs, and the house spray?

194. smartklean | April 20, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Depending on what you use Ajax for, whether it’s dishwasher detergent or floor cleaner, we suggest you research homemade green cleaner recipes online. If you use it to clean your floor, you should always remember that homemade floor cleaner recipes will not apply to each and every surface! There’s an abundance of websites that teach you how to make your own cleaners and disinfectants. These alternatives are significantly cheaper and harmless to your health and the environment if used properly.

Stay safe and informed!

195. Susan | April 25, 2011 at 8:32 pm

i use baking soda for ajax jobs. Costco sells a 13lb bag for $6-7. Hot dogs go with natural/organic …no nitrates too. I was not sure about the house spray you speak of but I use Vinager/water 5050 as a disinfectant. Great natural cleaning book I bought was Clean House Clean Planet. It has lots of recipes.

196. Zalman | April 25, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Whole Foods has plenty of REAL NATURAL products without ANY chemicals.
In Canada there is a company in Toronto since….1963 manufacturing chemical free laundry and dishwashing liquids(NOT “detergents”) .
A good supermarket should have non-chemical stuff.
But watch for the abuse of name “Green” and “Natural”.
ALWAYS check ingredients. If they sound too chemical, then NO.
And you can always get them on

197. Michelle | May 5, 2011 at 12:07 am

Essential oils are a good alternative to synthetic sprays, plug ins and candles. Natural sprays can be found online, or you can make your own, with antibacterial and antiviral essential oils.

198. Angel Deldevert | October 24, 2016 at 2:46 pm

Have you ever heard of Melaleuca the wellness company? we have all natural products that are made with oils. They are amazing.

199. Ruth Koepsell | May 17, 2011 at 11:41 pm

Have you found an alternative to the ajax or house spray? I shop at a store that has those products with out the chemicals. Be happy to tell you about. it.

200. Natalia Molina | February 25, 2011 at 9:20 pm

This is an awesome post and something definitely in need of sharing. Thanks for the info, great work!

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