Check if the cleaning supplies in your home contain harmful substances

Common commercial detergents and cosmetics often contain harmful substances, which are not only harmful to the body and affect the environment. Therefore, the Environmental Protection Agency limits the use of these harmful substances for environmentally-friendly cleaning products, so please check whether the cleaning supplies in your home contain harmful substances In general, the ingredients of cleaning products are all marked in English. You don't need to check them. If you have the following harmful substances, please replace with safe cleaning products.

A. Substances restricted by environmental label cleaning products:

1. Surfactant biodegradability:
The percentage of the detergent solution that is decomposed and digested by microorganisms. The higher the degree of decomposition, the easier the detergent is to be biodegraded. The environmental protection label specifications require that the biodegradability of cleaning products should be above 90%, the biodegradability of dishwashing liquid should be above 95%, and it must contain more than 50% of natural raw materials. Natural raw materials refer to animals and plants. Surfactants made from raw materials (such as fatty acid sodium and fatty acid potassium), so the biodegradability of the label also represents the safety of the surfactant.
2. Phosphoric acid:
The most commonly added as a hard water softener in the cleaning agent is sodium tripolyphosphate STPP (Sodium Tripoly Phosphate). After the phosphorus contained in it is discharged into the bearing water body, it will cause the eutrophication of lakes and rivers. The algae and plankton in the water are multiplying, causing malodor and increasing suspended solids, and the deterioration of water quality such as hypoxia. The domestic wastewater treatment is not popularized in the country, and the specifications and standards of environmental protection signs tend to be prohibited or restricted.
3. Fluorescent agent: 
It is one of the additives in the detergent. It is actually a dye, which can absorb the ultraviolet rays in the sun, causing the illusion of whiter clothes, and has no cleaning function. However, due to the controversy of carcinogenesis and skin lesions, the international environmental label promotes National standards on cleaning agents are prohibited or restricted to fluorescent agents.
4. NTA: 
That is, Nitrilo Triacetic Acid (base triacetic acid) is added to the cleaning agent to replace the sodium tripolyphosphate STPP (Sodium Tripoly Phosphate) enhancer (Builder). However, NTA microcarcinogens, due to their chelate properties, will cause heavy metals in rivers and lakes to re-dissolve and increase the concentration of heavy metals.
The removal rate of the wastewater plant has an adverse effect, and the environmental protection labels of Germany, Singapore, Sweden and other countries are banned.
5. EDTA: 
That is, Ethylene Diamine Tetraacetic Acid is also an enhancer in cleaning agents. Its function and impact on water quality are similar to those of NTA. The environmental protection mark promotes the country, and most of them list EDTA as a banned additive in cleaning agents.
6. APEO: 
That is, Alkyphenol Ethoxylate is toxic and not easily decomposed. It is banned in Germany, Singapore, New Zealand, and Canada.
7. Perborate: 
Perborate, commonly used as a bleach or preservative, will produce hydrogen peroxide in aqueous solutions. Due to toxicity, the environmental labels of Germany, Singapore, Sweden and other countries are banned or restricted.
8. Chlorine Bleach: 
Chlorine-containing bleach is toxic. After the action of chlorine and water or steam, it will become a highly toxic and corrosive hydrogen chloride vapor. Chlorine will explode or form explosives when it comes into contact with many common chemicals. Therefore, the environmental labels of various countries are clean Agents are prohibited.
9. Formalin:
That is, formaldehyde water (formalin) is a transparent and strongly pungent odor solution, which can be used as a preservative and disinfectant, and the environmental labels of all countries are prohibited.
10. Formaldehyde: 
Formaldehyde HCHO is a colorless, irritating and toxic gas. It is easily soluble in water and methanol, and has a disinfecting and antiseptic effect.
11. Opacifier: 
That is, milk whitening agent, commonly used additives in Europe and the United States can make transparent liquid opaque and increase the consistency, which has nothing to do with the cleaning power, and is not easy to decompose, so it is forbidden.