Organic Laundry Detergents

How toxic are conventional laundry products?

Conventional laundry products are a health and environmental hazard: Scented laundry products release carcinogens, study finds.

They contain chemicals, irritants, and pollutants that affect not only sensitive individuals, pregnant women, the elderly, pets, children, and wildlife, but all of us, too! Yet, they are sold in regular grocery stores as harmless products. Choose always organic laundry products. 

How toxic are fragrances in laundry products?

Studies suggest scented laundry items contain carcinogens that waft through vents, potentially raising cancer risk. “People are getting sick from the air from dryer vents,” Dr. Anne Steinemann told the Star. “A dryer vent is like a tailpipe sticking out.”

Conventional laundry detergents contain toxic ingredients and chemicals that are cheap to produce, harsh on us, the planet, and the environment. They are linked with asthma and respiratory damage, skin allergies and irritations, development and reproductive toxicity, posing cancer and environmental hazards. You can check your current detergent's toxicity rating here at 

❌ I don't recommend dryer sheets even the natural ones because they contain controversial ingredients. Plus they are an unnecessary waste of resources. You can find safer dryer sheet alternatives here.


When someone is wearing a garment that has been washed and dryer with conventional laundry products,  I can recognize it right away from its typical toxic fragrance. You can even smell this toxic mix of chemicals that comes from home laundry rooms when I walk by on the sidewalk. Dryer sheet pollutants contaminate the air around us and reach long distances through the vent of the dryer. Read here.

Organic Laundry Detergents 


That’s why we need to have the right information that allows us to buy a better detergent to protect us, our family, pets, and the environment.  Use your nose and eyes. Read the ingredients list. Avoid fragranced products and colored liquid products.

To be sure that it is really natural, pick a USDA Certified Organic detergent that guarantees it is made with at least 95% organic ingredients, produced in a rigorously eco-friendly way. NO GMOs, pesticides, or toxic ingredients are allowed. A USDA Certified Organic product protects us from conventional toxic brands and at the same time from deceiving greenwashing brands that pretend to be natural, but they are not! Not sure how a USDA Certified Organic Seal looks like? Look here.

🔎Do you know that according to Tide laundry detergent is rated F?

They analyzed it and they found it to cause respiratory issues, skin allergy, irritations, and environmental pollution! 

Even if Procter & Gamble tried to reduce the amount of the toxic and carcinogenic ingredient 1,4-dioxane in their Tide detergents, they have a long way to go. 

How to pick eco-friendly laundry detergents?

❌𝘾𝙤𝙣𝙫𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙡: contain petroleum chemicals that are toxic and contaminate the groundwater! They often carry ingredients with developmental, endocrine, and/or reproductive system potential side effects and create acute aquatic toxicity. Plus their thick, plastic packaging is an eco hazard, along with their smelly, toxic fragrances that you can detect when you are anywhere near someone who has been using such products.

Brands: Tide, All, Gain, Cheer, Kirkland and more

❌𝙂𝙧𝙚𝙚𝙣𝙬𝙖𝙨𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜: they may try to convince you that their product is eco-friendly, with their green packaging and false claims, such as “natural detergents” but they still contain toxic and unhealthy ingredients such as fragrances or ingredients that hurt the environment, such as palm oil, responsible for deforestation, human rights abuse and animal orangutan extinction.

Brands: Method, Mrs. Meyer's Ecos, and more

✅ 𝙎𝙖𝙛𝙚𝙧 𝙙𝙚𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙜𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙨: USDA Certified Organic, which guarantees the product is safer for us and the environment, with at least 95% organic ingredients of agricultural origin. In order to be certified USDA, they have to meet the strictest standard for production, handling, processing, and labeling. Also, USDA Organic guarantees that ingredients in the formulas meet rigorous standards promoting ecological balance and prohibiting the use of synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, and GMO’s.

Since organic and natural detergents don’t contain harsh chemicals, they are thinner and they will clean without the unnecessary suds found in conventional brands.

🐠Since many laundry detergent packaging is made with plastic containers that end up in the ocean and landfills, we need to choose 𝙥𝙡𝙖𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙘-𝙛𝙧𝙚𝙚 𝙖𝙡𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙫𝙚𝙨, like sugar cane resin bottles!🍃

💚There are a few natural brands that I recommend even if they don’t carry USDA certification.

Here are listed the safest laundry brands that I can recommend:  a mix of my favorite USDA-certified organic laundry brands and the most eco-friendly packaging laundry brands

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Molly's Suds Laundry Powder 

🍃Comprised of only five earth-derived ingredients and formulated especially for sensitive skin, Molly’s Suds Laundry Powder is safe and ideal for your clothes AND your family.

🌿The super-concentrated powder is long-lasting and affordable, with just one tablespoon required per load. Just as effective as conventional brands and more effective than natural brands, without the use of harsh chemicals, toxins, fillers, carcinogens, preservatives or GMO ingredients. Works great in all water temperatures and hard water, and is septic- and High Efficiency (HE) washer-safe. 120 Loads.

🌱 INGREDIENTS: Sodium Carbonate Sourced From The Green River Basin In Wyoming, Sodium Bicarbonate, Magnesium Sulfate (Heptahydrate), Unrefined Sea Salt, Organic (Arvensis) Peppermint Oil.

Meliora Organic Laundry Powder
certified organic laundry powder, meliora, made safe certified

🍃This laundry powder is your go-to people- and planet-friendly laundry option. We only use what you need to clean your clothes.  

They are free of synthetic fragrances, dyes, preservatives, and brighteners.

From their original Unscented, or our Lavender, Lemon, or Lemon-Lavender-Clove scented options. 

All scents are made from Certified Organic essential oils; no fragrance blends that contain undisclosed ingredients.

Each item is Vegan, Cruelty-Free, and MADE SAFE Certified. 1% of every sale goes towards environmental causes.

🌿 Here is their difference:

✓MADE-SAFE Certified 

✓ Single-Use Plastic-Free

✓ Dye-Free

✓ Preservative-Free

✓ Palm-Oil Free

✓ Cruelty-Free

✓ Synthetic Fragrance-Free

🌱 INGREDIENTS: Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Carbonate, Vegetable Soap [Sodium Cocoate, Glycerin, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Water]

here the other versions:

Lavender: + Organic Lavandula Hybrida Grosso (Lavender) Oil

Lemon: +Organic Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil

Lemon, lavender, clove: +Organic Euginia caryophyllata (Clovebud) Oil, Organic Lavandula Hybrida Grosso (Lavender) Oil, Organic Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil

All Organic Laundry Detergent 

🌿Earthley’s Laundry Detergent is pure, eco-friendly, and safe for the whole family. With absolutely no harsh chemicals, our powder detergent is tough on dirty clothes but gentle on the skin. Using plant-based ingredients, your clothes will be thoroughly cleaned and smell naturally fresh!
​​🌸The natural power of washing soda, citric acid, and saponified oils combine to clean clothing without brighteners, fragrances, or dyes.

🍍With bromelain, an enzyme naturally derived from pineapples, to fight stains.

👗🧺The result is a pure, all-natural laundry detergent that is safe for sensitive skin and the environment. 

Natural essential oils are added to our Citrus scent to leave behind a light, fresh smell. However, if you prefer unscented products, we have that option available too! 

🍃 Fragrance-free

• Septic safe

• Biodegradable

• Vegan and cruelty-free

• Non-GMO

• Made in the USA

INGREDIENTS: Sodium carbonate (washing soda), Citric acid, Saponified oils of (olive oil*, coconut oil*, castor oil*), Bromelain, Citrus scent also contains lemon and orange essential oil

*Certified Organic Ingredients

Healthynest Laundry Concentrate

🌿This organic laundry concentrate is 100% plant and mineral-based, which means it’s non-toxic, neurologically safe for Baby, and microbiome friendly. It's easy to use and HE compatible.


🍃 Fragrance-free

• Septic safe

• Biodegradable

• Vegan and cruelty-free

• Non-GMO

• Made in the USA

INGREDIENTS: purified water,  coco-glucoside, laurel glucoside, citric acid, decyl glucoside,honeysuckle, rosemary leaf oil, bergamot fruit oil, food grade baking soda, glycolic acid, sodium benzoate, linalool, dl-limonene

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Molly's Suds Delicate Wash

🍃Keep your favorite delicates in perfect form — and spotlessly clean! Our Delicate Wash is designed to gently launder dress shirts, lingerie, and fine knit garments

  • Washes away dirt, debris, oils, and stains while protecting delicate fabrics

  • Safe for use on silk, spandex, rayon, wool, cashmere, merino, mohair, and other delicate fabrics

  • Preserves softness, warmth, and shape of sweaters and delicate blouses

  • Made from natural, plant-derived, and gentle ingredients

🌱Available in Lavender or Unscented. I recommend only the unscented.

🌱 INGREDIENTS: Deionized Water, Potassium Cocoate, Sodium Laurylglucosides Hydroxypropylsulfonate, Saccharomyces Ferment, Glycerin, Xanthan Gum.

Mama Suds Laundry Detergent Soap

🌿This laundry detergent formulation is based on our own need for a laundry soap that would clean our cloth diapers (so yeah, think about how well it must work) yet it had to be gentle enough to not irritate our baby's skin. We didn't want to add to the labor of laundry by using two different detergents. On top of it all, we had hard water. 

🧺If MamaSuds Laundry Soap can clean cloth diapers, imagine how it can clean your regular laundry.

Many people believe soap will ruin your washing machine.

This is NOT the case with MamaSuds.

🍃This soap has no extra fat in it (soap makers call this superfatting) that would leave a residue in your machine and laundry.

👗MamaSuds Castile Soap is made specifically with no extra fat so there is no residue left behind. It cleans and rinses out! 

  • Options for unscented, or pure lavender or lemon essential oil

  • HE safe

  • SLS-free, Dye-free, phthalate-free

  • Biodegradable and safe for septic systems

  • Free of any synthetic ingredients

INGREDIENTS: water, potassium olivate (saponified olive oil), sodium carbonate, and sodium borate, pure essential oil of lavender, lemon, or unscented)

Greenshield Organic Laundry Detergent 
🌷USDA Certified Organic laundry deterge

USDA Certified Organic Laundry Detergent in Free & Clear!

Made with organic and natural ingredients, here is their fragrance-free version, ideal for people with sensitivities, pregnant,  for kids and babies, and pets, and for sensitive skin.

💚I have been using all the  GreenShield Organics laundry and detergent products for years since it was the first USDA-certified organic detergent line!

🍃INGREDIENTS: Water, Sapindus Mukorossi (Organic Soapberries), Cocos Nucifera Oil & Potassium Hydroxide* (Saponified Organic Coconut Oil), Lonicera Japonica (Organic Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Carbonate, Sodium Chloride, Organic Vegetable Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder  (Organic Aloe Vera), Organic Acacia Senegal (Acacia) Gum, Organic Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum, Sodium Bicarbonate.

🍃Eco-friendly packaging made with 100% sustainable, recyclable sugar cane, 

🌸It works great, made to remove stains and protect the colors. Safe for people, pets, and the planet! 🌎🍃

You can add:

  • Vinegar is OK in the rinse cycle only.

  • Sodium carbonate is OK when put in drum or dissolved in water first but NOT mixed with the detergent.

  • Essential oils are OK when added with each detergent dose before each wash, but not into the entire detergent bottle as it will not blend properly.

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USDA Certified Organic Whole Foods, Laundry Detergent Unscented 

🍃Brought to you by Whole Foods Market.  When it comes to innovative flavors and products sourced from artisans and producers around the world, the Whole Foods Market brand has you covered. Amazing products, exceptional ingredients, no compromises.

🌿Gentle on Skin & Hypoallergenic.

Made with Plant-Derived Ingredients. Biodegradable Formula.

No Added Fragrances or Dyes. No added Phosphates, Phthalates, or Chlorine. Not Tested on Animals.

USDA Certified Organic.

🌱 Not Many products made by Whole foods are reaching my standard even when they claim natural, organic or even USDA certified organic since they still add cheap and uncesary ingredients.

This products has my approval since itsingredient's list is clean and pure enough that I can reccomend it.

INGREDIENTS: Water, Sapindus Mukorossi (Organic Soapberries) fruit extract, Cocos Nucifera Oil & Potassium Hydroxide* (Saponified Organic Coconut Oil), sodium citrate, Lonicera Japonica (Organic Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Xanthan Gum, organic alcohol, sodium chloride,  Sodium Carbonate, Organic Vegetable Glycerin. *none remains in the finished product 

*I wish it did come in a plastic bottle.

Thieves® Laundry Soap by Young Living

🌿 Thieves® Laundry Soap is potent, plant-based, and ultra-concentrated with pure essential oils and powerful enzymes to effectively clean your clothes and leave them refreshed with a light citrus scent.

👗 Free from SLS, dyes, petrochemicals, formaldehyde, phosphates, synthetic perfume, and optical brighteners

• Safe and natural safe enough to be poured directly onto clothing

• Can be used as a stain pre-treatment

• Contains enzymes that combat dirt and stains

🧺 Compatible for HE and standard machines.
🌸 🍃  ✨

INGREDIENTS: Water, Decyl glucoside, Sodium oleate, Glycerin, Caprylyl glucoside, Lauryl glucoside, Sodium chloride, Sodium gluconate, Carboxymethyl cellulose, Alpha-amylase, Protease, Lipase, Citrus Limon† (Jade lemon) peel oil, Citrus aurantium bergamia† (Bergamot) peel oil (Furocoumarin-free), Syzygium aromaticum† (Clove) bud oil, Citrus limon† (Lemon) peel oil, Cinnamomum zeylanicum† (Cinnamon) bark oil, Eucalyptus radiata† oil, Rosmarinus officinalis† (Rosemary) leaf oil

All Organic Laundry Detergent 
​🌿A brand new USDA Certified Organic la

🌿A brand new USDA Certified Organic laundry and home detergent are here!
They are more than just natural, they went beyond and got the fancy USDA Organic certification, which shows us how clean they are and how much they care for the environment.
​​🌸 Made with plant-based organic ingredients, such as soapberry, organic glycerin, organic sunflower oil soap, organic olive soap, organic Aragum, herbal aroma: organic lavender, rosemary and sage. It is mild, as you can see, making it suitable for kids as well. Recyclable packaging, extra concentrate, and readily biodegradable, safe for septic and gray water systems. No GMOs, no SLS, no harsh preservatives, or fragrances.
​​🌿While there are many “natural” home detergents, I still prefer a USDA certified organic product, where harsh chemicals, pesticides, waste of resources, and lies are not allowed! This new nature-inspired company has an amazing line of USDA Certified organic home detergents that includes 👗Laundry Detergent, Glass & Surface Cleaner,🍶 Bottle Wash, Dish Soap, 🧺Fabric & Air Mist, 🍒Fruit & Veggie Wash, Gear Cleaner, and 🧴Hand Soap.🍃 All beautifully made with organic ingredients.
I want everybody to have USDA certified organic products more in reach to protect their home and the environment, here is a savings code for you: Prettyorganicgirl10 ✨

INGREDIENTS: Purified Water, Potassium Carbonate, Organic Sapindus Mukorossi Extract (organic soapberry), Organic Glycerin, Organic Potassium Sunflowerate (organic sunflower oil soap), Organic Potassium Olivate (organic olive oil soap), Xanthan Gum, Organic Aragum, Potassium Hydroxide, Organic Fragrance (lavender, rosemary, sage).

Rebel Green Fresh Laundry Detergent 
USDA Certified Orgnaic laundry detergent, natural, rebel green, pink

💖Another amazing USDA organic Laundry Detergent!! Fresh Laundry Detergent in pink by Rebel_Green.   More than just “natural” this is USDA certified organic, made with approved ingredients, produced with conservation and protection of the environment in mind. A USDA organic seal product has at least 95% organic ingredients, while GMOs are strictly prohibited. ​
​​Many don’t realize what conventional laundry products contain! I can tell when someone is wearing a garment that has been washed with conventional laundry detergent like Tide! Their artificial odor is strong!
The same goes for drying sheets that release chemical fragrances into the air. ​
​​🌿This is one of the few Certified USDA Organic Laundry detergents on the market, free from harmful chemicals and toxins, no synthetics fragrances, no dyes, no phosphates, 🌱made only with organic ingredients

INGREDIENTS: Water, Sapindus Mukorossi Fruit Extract (Organic Soap Berries), Saponified Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil (Organic), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder (Organic Aloe Vera), Sodium Chloride (Sea Salt), Sodium Carbonate, Xanthan Gum, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum (Organic), Acacia Senegal Gum (Organic), Sodium Bicarbonate, Glycerin (Organic), Natural Fragrance (Organic)

🌿 Natural and biodegradable, with a delicate scent. When we use this product, we know that it’s not another conventional detergent that will end up in the ocean today!🐬 ​

GOTS CERTIFIED ORGANIC mesh laundry bags
Organic Cotton Mesh Laundry Bag

💖Simple Ecology Organic Cotton Mesh Laundry Bag
​​🌿 PROLONGS THE LIFE OF YOUR CLOTHES keeping any delicate garment protected from stretching, snagging, tangling, and damaging metal hardware giving WASH and DRY protection for your underwear, bra, leggings, sweater or even a shoe

🌿COMPLETELY FREE OF HARMFUL MICROPLASTIC PARTICLES, which are shed by laundry bags made of Nylon, Polyester, Acrylic, & other synthetic fibers

🌿 DOUBLE DRAWSTRING CLOSURE, securely keeps laundry inside in both the Washer & Dryer, no plastic or metal drawstring locks or zippers for quiet machine drying


🌿SUSTAINABLE REUSABLE PACKAGING - NO PLASTIC, no retail packaging destined for landfills, packaged in a Kraft paper clasp envelope, made of sustainably harvested paper, which can be reused

MATERIAL: 100% GOTS Certified Organic Cotton

face cover sanitizer, fabric sanitizer spray, face masks cleaner
Molly's Suds Fabric Sanitizing Spray 

🍃 Spray your masks! Set your mask down on a not-so-clean surface when you weren’t wearing it? Around someone who was coughing or sneezing? Or did you touch your mask when your hands weren’t cleaned? No need to panic. Yet again, our uniquely formulated sanitizer is totally safe for use on fabrics. Simply spray your mask lightly and allow to dry before replacing it on your face. Then, relax and enjoy some light, lovely aromatherapy from our natural plant essences!

🍃Spray your clothing! Unlike many sanitizers, ours is totally fabric-safe! You can use this fabric sanitizer to safely disinfect clothing items that you can’t easily wash. Or, if you’re on the move and need to make sure you and your kids’ clothes’ are virus-free, you can spritz jackets, coats, jeans, t-shirts, and more! Viruses picked up on clothes can easily be transferred to our hands. 

🍃Spray your backpacks! Another benefit of having a fabric and surface safe sanitizer is the ability to quickly sanitize all potentially contaminated surfaces in your life! Spray down your child's backpacks before bringing them back in your car and home. 

🍃Spray your shoes! Before entering your house, thoroughly mist the outside of your shoes (tops and bottoms!) to kill any germs hiding on the soles, straps, or laces. Because our sanitizer is fabric-safe, you can use it on most shoe materials, including leather.

INGREDIENTS: 70% Isopropyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Deionized Water, Natural Fragrance* (Lavender & Mint only), Hydrogen Peroxide.

USDA Certified Organic Laundry 
🎉 GIVEAWAY!! 🎉 ​​_​ ​ ​​_​🌟 Here is a

You can replace your conventional or greenwashing laundry detergent with USDA Certified Organic Laundry Detergent 

💚 I have been using this GreenShield Organic laundry detergent for years since it was the first USDA-Certified organic laundry detergent on the market! 

🌿 No pesticides, GMOs, harsh chemicals, or artificial fragrances in any of their eco-friendly products. Just pure and clean ingredients USDA Certified Organic, made with 95% organic ingredients and cruelty-free Leaping Bunny Certified.

Made with organic and natural ingredients

🍃INGREDIENTS: Water, Sapindus Mukorossi (Organic Soapberries),

Cocos Nucifera Oil & Potassium Hydroxide* (Saponified Organic Coconut Oil), Lonicera Japonica (Organic Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Sodium Carbonate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Xanthan Gum, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder  (Organic Aloe Vera), Glycerin (Organic), Sodium Chloride, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Organic Guar) Gum, Acacia Senegal (Organic Acacia) Gum, Organic Fragrance.

They also carry the Fragrance-free perfect for sensitive skin and for babies, below.


Leaping Bunny Certified 

​ Eco-friendly packaging 100% sustainable, recyclable sugar cane

🌸 Great for delicate and sensitive skin, it works great, made to remove stains and protect the colors. Safe for people, pets, and the planet! 🌎🍃

❌Brands I don't recommend

Not recommended brand: even if it is a great idea to have plastic-free laundry products, their ingredients are to the greatest! Nothing is organic here. 

INGREDIENTS: Glycerol, Primary Alcohol Ethoxylate, Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate, Sodium Acetate Trihydrate, Polyvinyl alcohol, Polyethylene Glycol, Fragrance, Deionized Water, and Starch (Corn).

Many Amazon reviews complain about the smell and that the sheet sheets didn’t dissolve, they ruined their shirts.

They are made in CHINA


Not recommended brand: even if it is a great idea to have plastic-free laundry products, their ingredients are to the greatest! Nothing is organic here. 

INGREDIENTS: Vegetable Glycerin, Starch, PVA (polyvinyl alcohol), Potassium Sorbate, Light Mineral Oil, Cocamido propyl betaine, Sodium Gluconate, Lauryl dimethyl amine oxide, Sulfonic acids, C14-16-alkane hydroxy and C14-16-alkene, sodium salts, Glycereth cocoate, Caprylyl Glucoside, Octyl Glucoside, Fragrance oil blend, Residual Water

Many complain on Amazon about fragrance even on the fragrance, free, skin reactions, it doesn't clean well. 


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Not recommended brand:

Branch Basics The Concentrate, I don't recommend this because it has a controversial ingredient!

INGREDIENTS: Purified Water, Decyl Glucoside, Chamomile Extract, Coco-Glucoside, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Phytate.

Sodium Phytate in-household cleaners according to  Phosphates in detergent cause lake pollution and eutrophication.
Why do we need to pay $50 for a cheap detergent made with sodium phytate responsible for polluting our lakes??!

I prefer Dr. Bronner's: for only $12 you can use it as personal care and household cleaner including dishwashing, safer ingredients, and no lakes pollution.

Sure it is better than Clorox, but why spend all that money on something that is just ok and also associated with general ecotoxicity concerns by

I wish bloggers out there would make more responsible recommendations.



Brands I don't recommend

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Not recommended brand:

I don't recommend any products from this brand!  Nothing safe or natural here. Responsible, for producing polluting and toxic products. Started in 1946. Toxic Tide laundry detergent is made by Proctor and Gamble and makes up 30 percent of the detergent market.

Sued for the toxic 1,4 dioxane, defined as a carcinogen by California consumer

INGREDIENTS: C10-16 Pareth, C10-16 Alkyldimethylamine Oxide, Sodium C10-16 Alkylbenzenesulfonate, Sodium Cumenesulfonate, Sodium Borate, Sodium Salts of C12-18 Fatty Acids, Sodium Citrate, Subtilisin, Sodium Formate, Amylase Enzyme, Mannanase Enzyme, Polyethyleneimines Alkoxylated, Propylene Glycol, Water.

Rated very low by 

developmental/endocrine/reproductive, May damage fertility, May damage the unborn child, Causes dermatitis, skin allergy, cancer, digestive system effects, respiratory effects, skin irritation/allergies/damage.