VOCs Explained

Research shows that customers emerging from the pandemic are only going to places they perceive as clean and safe, forcing business owners to implement stricter cleaning protocols. But this accelerated cleaning pace equals higher chemical exposure with higher health stakes. Cleaning your facility with industrial cleaners (that contain toxic chemicals) can increase Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in the air and leave yourself, your staff, guests, and your community vulnerable to other health risks. Here's what we know about the risk of inhaling VOCs:

Phosphates 101

Do you know what's in the cleaning products you use? Many industrial cleaners contain toxic chemicals that can have adverse effects on the environment. When people clean their homes, businesses, dishes, or carpets with products containing unsafe ingredients, most of these harmful substances wash down the drain and into our wastewater treatment system. Phosphates are one of the most recognizable ingredients that appear in cleaning products. Here's what we know about this ingredient:

Like Oil & Water - The Problem with Emulsifiers.

When trying to choose a safe and effective cleaner, it's easy to get disoriented with unfamiliar and hard-to-understand, not intuitive ingredient lists. Reading a cleaning product label often feels like cracking a code, with chemicals that sound intimidating and hard-to-pronounce names. And, invariably, the reader gives up trying to understand, and thinks "how harmful can it be? It can't be that bad if it's on the shelf in a grocery store."   Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) are similarly-named chemicals that are often confused. They are commonly used as an emulsifying cleaning substance. An emulsifier is a substance that binds oil molecules with water molecules into a homogenous substance. Think, Italian Salad Dressing, the oil and water separate naturally, which is why you have to shake the bottle before pouring it onto a salad. SLS and SLES are commonly used in household cleaning products (laundry detergents, spray cleaners, and dishwasher detergents), these two ingredients may sound the same, but they are very different.

Chlorine Bleach Exposed

It’s likely you grew up with a container of bleach in your home. Most people are conditioned to think that whiter whites mean clean and that bleach is essential for laundry, cleaning, and disinfecting bathrooms and other surfaces. Have you recently checked the labels of your cleaning products? You may be surprised how many of those contain chlorine bleach.

Who's Afraid of A Little Formaldehyde?

Are you familiar with the smell that knocks your socks off from your newly re-opened shop? What about that strong smell that annoys you at the salon or the strong scent of disinfectants when you clean the surfaces in your home or business? These aren’t “smells,” they are fumes from the formaldehyde content of the cleaning and beauty products you may be using or are exposed to in your daily life. Formaldehyde can be found in your laundry and dish detergent, fabric softener, body wash, air fresheners, and even the products for your pets. Don't forget about paint, fertilizers, pesticides, and many cleaning solutions used in our home and workplace.

1,4-Dioxane 101

The post-pandemic accelerated cleaning pace equals higher chemical exposure with higher health stakes, and the risk of your business going up in flames (literally). It's vital to the health of your guests, employees, and your business to be informed about what chemicals are in your cleaning products. 1,4 Dioxane is possibly the most infamous ingredient that appears in cleaning products. Here's what we know about this ingredient:   1,4-Dioxane is an industrial solvent and stabilizer produced as a byproduct during manufacturing, not an intentionally added ingredient. Because 1,4-dioxane is a byproduct, the FDA and EPA do not require manufacturers to list the chemical in their ingredient lists. The compound is classified as a possible human carcinogen linked to organ toxicity, cancer and more.    Short-term exposure to 1,4-dioxane may cause eye, nose, and throat irritation; long-term exposure may cause kidney and liver damage. Laboratory studies show that exposure to 1,4-dioxane over a lifetime causes cancer in animals. The skin exposure of animals to 1,4-dioxane has demonstrated that it can increase cancer-causing properties of other chemicals. 1,4-Dioxane is highly flammable and can become explosive if exposed to light or air.   Embed Hygiene Defence provides the best uncompromised non-toxic protection to the industry's employees and guests and keeps your business safe from fire hazards. Non-flammable and non-toxic, Embed Hygiene Defence products are stronger than harsh industrial cleaners without the toxicity. Safe for families and society's most vulnerable: families with children and the elderly.

Triclosan 101

Do you know what’s in the products you use? Did you know that everything you use or are exposed to is absorbed via your breath, your skin, glands, and hair follicles? Did you know that controversial chemicals are lurking in your soap, body wash, toothpaste, and cleaning solutions? It's usually found in antibacterial products, disinfectants, cosmetics, even in clothing, toys, kitchenware, and furniture. It could be in your yoga mats too! So what’s this controversial chemical taking part in our daily lives, and how safe is it for us considering it's an anti-microbial agent?

Just Because It Smells Fresh & Clean Doesn’t Mean It Is

Whether it’s your home, car, or workplace, you use cleaners every day to make your environment and surroundings safe and non-hazardous. The cleaning products you use make the difference between a safe and sanitary environment or a blackhole of harmful invisible chemicals. Manufacturers use fragrances to mask the harsh smell of chemicals in most cleaning products and distract you from the health risks associated with inhaling and absorbing the chemicals they are made from.    One of the most common chemicals used when making fragrances is phthalates, which make scents remain for a longer period. Though manufacturers aren’t required to specifically list phthalates on the label, any product with a fragrance like “tropical breeze” or “floral mist” (especially if advertised as “long-lasting”) will almost always include phthalates. Excessive exposure to phthalates has been linked to various health and neurological conditions, including asthma, ADHD, breast cancer, endocrine disruption, neurodevelopmental issues, behavioral issues, autism spectrum disorders, altered reproductive development, and male fertility issues.   You can significantly reduce your exposure to phthalates by choosing fragrance-free or all-natural organic cleaners whenever possible. At Embed, we offer an alternative. Embed Hygiene Defence products are stronger than harsh industrial cleaners without the toxicity, killing 99.9% wide spectrum pathogens, including COVID-19 on contact, airborne bacteria, viruses, fungi spores and more... it purifies the air! In addition, Embed Hygiene Defence products are environmentally friendly, being free of parabens, phthalates, triclosan, 1,4 dioxane, formaldehyde, chlorine bleach, SLS (sodium lauryl sulphates), or SLES, phosphates, synthetic dyes, synthetic fragrances, harsh solvents, VOCs.

Parabens 101

Parabens are a group of chemicals commonly used as preservatives in household cleaners and beauty and personal care products. By hindering the growth of bacteria, parabens give products a longer, more stable shelf life. Product ingredient labels typically list more than one paraben in a product, and parabens are often used in combination with other types of preservatives to better protect against a broad range of microorganisms. Did you know that prolonged exposure to parabens can contribute to a wide range of health problems? Studies have shown that parabens can disrupt hormones in the body and harm fertility and reproductive organs, affect birth outcomes, and increase cancer risk (parabens have been found in breast cancer cells, indicating that they may act like estrogen.) They can also cause neurotoxicity and skin irritation. Parabens also pose risks to the environment, having been detected in surface water, fish, and sediment. Laboratory tests proved that low levels of butylparaben could kill coral.  Not only is Embed Hygiene Defence non-toxic and environmentally friendly, it is more effective than industrial cleaners. Formulated with a unique and proprietary mix of 100% Australian natural active ingredients consisting of organic certified biodegradable steam-distilled essential oils, our range of products is a game-changer. Embed Hygiene Defence provides the best protection to the industry's employees and guests, enabling business owners to practice strict hygiene cleaning with a conscience. Free of parabens, phthalates, triclosan, 1,4 dioxane, formaldehyde, chlorine bleach, SLS (sodium lauryl sulfates), or SLES (sodium laureth ether sulfate), phosphates, synthetic dyes, synthetic fragrances, harsh solvents, and VOCs.

The Danger of Toxic Cleaning Agents

Post-pandemic, you’re cleaning more than ever, exposing yourself, your staff, guests, and your community to more chemicals than ever before. 

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