The Dangers Lurking in Common Household and Personal Products

C is for Clean - Jule's Wellness

Here at Jule's, we pride ourselves in providing clean, toxic free products that are safe to use in your home, on your skin and with your children. The very real dangers of using chemical laden products to clean your home or on your skin is often not recognized as a real threat.

How they enter our system

Ingest: this is probably the way most people assume chemical enter our body but it’s really only one way.

Skin: our skin is our larges organ. It helps the body pick up any slack should it have difficulty detoxifying though liver and kidneys. It is a two way street though and the skin is highly absorbent. It is just as important to be aware of what you put on your skins as what you put in your body. Studies have shown skin can absorb 64% of contaminated dosage and that can increase up to 100% on the face. Heat can also cause the pores to open more allowing for increased absorption.

Lungs: another important entry way for toxins to enter the body is through the lungs. If you can smell the chemical it is also entering your lungs. This has direct contact with the blood stream and therefore allowing it to spread easily throughout the body.

Toxins to Look Our For (just to name a few):

1,4 Dioxane: is a by-products of petrochemical ethylene oxide and is a known carcinogenic. It is used to make harsh chemicals milder. It is a known kidney toxin, neurotoxicant, respiratory toxicant and contaminates ground water.

How to recognize it: ingredient names with “eth-“ myreth, oleth, laureth, and ceteareth, polyethylene glycol, oxynol                 

Parabens: You may have heard of these. They are hugely impactful on the body because they are endocrine disruptors, which means they mimic hormones in the body. They have also been found to drive growth of breast tumors. They are found in shampoos, lotions, sunscreen, deodorants, antiperspirants, make-up and cosmetics, pharmaceutical drugs, food additives.

How to recognize: four common parabens are named methyl paraben, ethyl paraben, propyl paraben, isobutyl paraben

Triclosan: is a product that has been linked to heart disease and heart failure as well as altered hormone regulation. Its widespread use has now caused it to contaminate rivers, streams, sewage that is applied to agricultural fields. It is found in body wash, toothpastes, antibacterial soaps, cosmetics, furniture, clothing, kitchenware and children’s toys.

How to recognize it: microban, biofresh, tinosan SDC, Irgasan, lexol 300, Ster-Zac, Cloxifenolum,

Toluene: naturally occurs in crude oil and tolu trees but is created during the process of creating gasoline and other fuels. It is a neurotoxin that impairs breathing, causes nausea and acts as an irritant. Exposure has been linked to anemia liver or kidney damage, problems for a developing fetus, blood cancers and immune system toxicity.

It is found in synthetic fragrances, paint, nail polish, adhesives, rubber, and paint thinners.

Phthalates: they are banned from children’s toys if they are in portions bigger then 0.1 percent. It is also found in plastic materials (toys, food packaging, shower curtains), household cleaners, personal care products (hair spray, nail polish), hoses, raincoats, detergents, food (meats and airy packaged with plastic tubing), and even tap water. It has been linked to birth defects in boys, lower sperm motility in adult men, testicle atrophy, structural abnormality and liver cancer.

How to recognize it: other names include diethylhexyl phthalate, dibutyl phthalate, dimethyl phthalate, or diethylphthalate

General Rule: If you can’t pronounce it, it’s probably not good for you. Stick to organic, natural skin care products to reduce your exposure to these and many other chemicals.

As always, we offer the best natural, clean products for you at Jule's! We have a large selection for you to choose from. 


The Jule's Team


This article was written by a registered holistic nutritionist. Check out Erin Gouweleeuw on Twitter and Instagram for other healthy tips and advice! 

Erin Gouweleeuw