Dishwashing liquid, shampoo and soaps are a few of the products we use pratically everyday. I’m sure most of us are not aware that these products contain chemicals and surfactants that can pose harmful threats to the Mother Earth and animals. As a result, the ecosystem will be destroyed and humans are all to blame.
Dishwashing liquid contains Triclosan, which is an antibacterial agent. With this broad-spectrum anmicrobial agen, which inhibits fatty acid synthesis, bacterias can be killed easily. Research has shown that Triclosan and chlorine in tap water can combine to form chloroform gas, which the United States Environmental Protection Agency claimed to have the likelihood in resultant of human carcinogen, a substance that can promote cancer.
Both soaps and shampoos contain surfactants that avoids removing too much oil from the hair. It’s vital to know that some human shampoos are harmful on animals. For example, antidandruff shampoos contain zinc that is toxic when consumed by animals.
Baby shampoo is created for babies and it is intended to avoid eye irritation. Babies are sensitive to strong chemicals found in adult shampoo. Therefore, baby shampoos are formulated so that they are hypoallergenic and non-toxic.
One of the common ingredients used in shampoos is sodium lauryl sulfate a.k.a. SLS. It is a major component as a foaming agent and for thickening effect.
Reports have indicated that SLS may lead to worsened skin problems in people with atopic dermatitis. Besides, SLS can cause skin and eye irritation in children and animal.
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