Many common household cleaners may clean your home, but they also contain carcinogenic chemicals that can cause a variety of health and environmental problems.

Among the most dangerous, glycol-containing ethers are perhaps the most prevalent. This large group of chemicals—not required to be listed on product labels—has been associated with anemia, asthma, testicular damage, reduced fertility and birth defects. 

The April issue of Natural Solutions: Vibrant Health, Balanced Living offers organic shoppers an extensive list of chemicals to avoid, including other names they’re known by and staff picks for greener alternatives. 

Sample chemicals named in the article, and their greener alternatives, include: 

Glycol ethers (all-purpose cleaners). Easily absorbed through the skin; can disrupt hormones. Greener choice: Earth Friendly Products Parsley Plus.

Butyl cellosolve (glass cleaners). Causes nerve damage if absorbed through the skin. Greener choice: Ecodiscoveries Glass

Monoethanolamine (floor cleaners). Known cause of asthma. Greener choice: Babyganics Floor Cleaner Concentrate.   

Sodium hydroxide, sodium hypochlorite and phosphoric acid, aka bleach (bathroom cleaners). Lung and skin irritants; have been linked to cancer and reproductive, learning and behavioral problems. Greener choice: Naturally Clean Tub and Tile.   

Tune in tomorrow for Part 2 of this story.