Written by Tenley Haraldson.
Whether poking their head into a dishwasher or chewing on an errant plastic bottle, puppies and kittens always seem to be getting into mischief. Unfortunately, even a label that reads “pet-safe” doesn’t necessarily mean that the product is truly safe for our furry, feathery, and scaly friends.
We can do our best to keep our toilet lids closed and keep cleaning supplies locked up, but it’s possible that certain cleaning products – even those deemed “pet safe” – might actually expose our animals to toxic substances.
The following products are harmful to humans, so be sure to keep them away from pets:
Aerosol sprays, disinfectants, and air fresheners emit gas and can have both short- and long-term health effects on humans. In fact, a study carried out on cleaning crews (who regularly used VOCs) revealed higher rates of asthma and other respiratory issues.
According to the EPA, VOCs can “release organic compounds while you are using them, and, to some degree, when they are stored.” That means that just having them in your home can expose your pet to unwanted doses – even if they’re not in use.
Manufacturers know that no one would knowingly buy a bottle of pet shampoo with “formaldehyde” listed as an ingredient. Unfortunately, derivatives can be known by a variety of other names, like:
Prized for their anti-caking and binding capabilities, PEGs are petroleum-derived compounds that are used in a huge range of dermatological products. Though previous studies have determined that a variety of PEGs are “relatively safe” for topical use, they’ve been known to cause irritation and system toxicity when used on broken skin.
Common byproducts of PEGs include ethylene oxide, a known carcinogen that causes nervous system damage, as well as 1,4-dioxane, a substance that’s “anticipated to be a carcinogen” by the FDA. The California EPA also calls it a toxicant that “may interfere with human development.”
Cosmetics containing PEGs should never be used on broken skin. Puracy believes that these ingredients shouldn’t be used at all.
It’s extremely difficult to identify and determine the source of synthetic fragrances used in countless body sprays, perfumes, and soaps. Many of these fragrances are derived from petroleum products. Phthalates (like diethyl phthalate) are known to disrupt hormone production and have been linked to sperm damage. Synthetic toluene has been linked to fatigue, headaches, and nausea in both short- and long-term exposure.
Thanks to a loophole in the Federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act of 1973, manufacturers are not required to provide a list of fragrance ingredients used, even if there are possible health risks. By contrast, Puracy pet products utilize natural, plant-derived fragrances like mint, cucumber, orange, and aloe.We strongly believe that every ingredient needs to be accounted for. Visit our “No BS” page to learn more.
MI, also known as Kathon CG, is a known skin irritant. MI and MCI tend to be used together in cosmetics like body creams and lotions. Primarily used as a preservative in rinse-off products, the FDA considers MCI a chemical allergen that can cause chemical burns and skin irritation.
You may see MI and MCI listed as the following:
Many foaming/lathering pet products (like shampoo and soap) use sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and their derivatives. SLS side effects can include redness, dryness, and irritation on human and animal skin, so it’s better to avoid them entirely.
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