Toxic Surfactants

Toxic surfactants are chemicals in cleaning products that help mix water with oil and dirt so that they can be rinsed away. However, if the chemicals find their way into the groundwater they cause serious damage to the ecosystem. This often happens when we wash our vehicles and other items that send water straight into the storm drains.

Alkyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride Vapors are irritating to the eyes Corrosive to the skin Skin sensitizer Limited biodegradability Toxic to aquatic life

C 12-15 pareth ethylbenzene sulfonate Limited biodegradability Toxic to aquatic life

Dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride Irritating to eyes, skin, and lungs May be fatal if ingested

Lauramidoproplyamine oxide Toxic to aquatic life

Linear Surfactant Irritating to skin and eyes Biodegradable Toxic to aquatic life

Sodium Silicate Irritating to eyes or skin Harmful if swallowed or inhaled Harmful to aquatic life Commonly used in automatic dishwasher detergents

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