Chemicals That Lower Testosterone Found In Cleaning Products

As I mentioned in my Chemicals That Lower Testosterone And Where They Are Found Article the majority of house hold cleaning products contain chemicals that lower testosterone production. In this article we are going to look at what products we are typically referring to, the chemicals that tend to be found in these cleaning products, why they lower testosterone production and cause health issues.

The Cleaning Products

As I’ve already mentioned most domestic cleaning products contain chemicals that lower testosterone and cause other Cleaning Sprayhealth issues. I thought to put it in perspective just how wide spread the issue is, that I’d list the different types of cleaning products where you find these chemicals:

  • Floor cleaners
  • Toilet cleaners
  • Oven Cleaners
  • Window Cleaners
  • Bathroom and Kitchen Cleaners (surface Sprays)
  • Washing Machine Powder

There are plenty more; but the above are probably the most commonly used cleaning products and all of them contain at least one or more of the chemicals that lower testosterone.

The Chemicals

So now we are going to look at the chemicals most frequently found in these cleaning products, how they lead to lowered testosterone and the threats that they pose to your wider health.

Quarternary Ammonium Compounds, or “QUATS”

Known as “quats” for short, the full name is quarternary ammonium compounds. These are commonly used in number of personal care items like hair conditioners, shampoos and lotions, they are responsible for the “slippery feel” on hair and skin They have anti-microbial properties which is what has led to them being added to cleaning products.

There are a multiple health issues caused by QUATS, they are known to cause respiratory and skin irritation (If you’re allergic). What we are more interested in as far as chemical that lower testosterone are quarternary ammonium compounds like benzalkonium chloride. These are found to be endocrine disruptors, as you will see in this Chemicals That Lower Testosterone And Where They Are Found Article endocrine disruptors mess with hormone production including lowered testosterone production being amongst them! Something else to consider is that they are poisonous to aquatic life!

Just FYI, these are some of the most common examples of QUATS found in cleaning and personal care products:

  • methylbenzethonium chlorideCleaning Spray
  • cetalkonium chloride
  • Vegetable Oil Quaternary
  • Quaternium-15
  • benzathonium chloride
  • Grapefruit Seed Extract
  • guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride
  • behentrimonium chloride
  • behentrimonium methosulfate
  • babassuamidopropalkonium chloride
  • benzalkonium chloride
  • stearalkonium chloride
  • Polyquaternium

Chlorine/ Percolate

Percolate is a chemical found in chlorine based cleaning products, it a man made chemical most commonly found in rocket fuel! If that is not enough to question why something so extreme may be in household cleaners, what you definitely need to know is that when it gets into your body it competes with the nutrient iodine. Iodine is required by the thyroid gland to produce hormones. Basically, this means if too much is absorbed in to your body (it can end up in/ on your food as well) it can alter your thyroid hormone balance which includes testosterone levels, estrogen levels and often results in lowered T or too much estrogen.

Fluoride

Fluoride isn’t just found in cleaning products, it is in many toothpastes and oral care products. In fact there are many chemicals that lower T found in toothpastes and you can see more about this here: Chemicals That Lower Testosterone In Toothpaste

Studies conducted on animals have shown consistently that high exposures to fluoride can seriously damage the male reproductive system. This includes reduced testosterone production, sperm quality, sperm motility and fertility. Studies conducted in to highly-exposed humans have found similar findings of reduced testosterone and fertility. Carefully controlled studies have had consistent findings and found direct exposure of fluoride to the testes or semen both inhibits testosterone production & damages sperm.Mop

Check out the findings from these two studies conducted in the 80s looking in to the impact of fluoride on the testes and as a result testosterone production:

1983, Kanwar reported that infusion of testes for four hours with 10 ppm of fluoride inhibited testosterone production.

1985: Chubb reported that infusion of testes for three hours with just 3 ppm fluoride inhibited testosterone production, which “emphasizes the sensitivity of steroidogenesis to fluoride.”

Fragrance/ Phthalates

As I’ve mentioned previously; “Fragrance” or “pafum” is potentially the most vaguely listed ingredient in existence. From a legal perspective all fragrance is “proprietary” and as a result organisations don’t have to disclose its components. Sadly, this is where it’s been shown that phthalates are snuck in and when it comes to chemicals that lower testosterone, they are one of the worst culprits!

So pronounced as thal-ates, these are another endocrine-disrupting chemical. Much the same as many other endocrine disruptors, studies have shown they cause negative effects on the male reproductive system including decreased sperm count, testicular cell destruction and thyroid irregularities. When it comes to lowering testosterone production, it is the destruction of testicular cells and thyroid irregularities that cause major issues. This is because the testes & your thyroid are where testosterone & other hormones are produced.

Triclosan

Triclosan is an antibacterial chemical, hence why it’s found in many cleaning products. It has been linked to concerns over antibiotic resistance & like many chemicals in this article, endocrine disruption and as we know with that, comes lowered testosterone production.

Sodium lauryl sulfateChemicals in test tube

Sodium lauryl sulfate is a chemical you will have seen mentioned in a number of my other overviews of products that contain chemicals that lower testosterone. It’s used as an ingredient in thousands of products from cleaners, to cosmetics and body cleaning products. It is sometimes abbreviated to SLS/ SLES or may be listed as sulfates.

With regard to testosterone production and wider health, SLS poses a threat as it breaks down the skins’ moisture barrier. This allows the dangerous chemicals like the others listed in this article to penetrate the skin far more easily. SLS is thought to make your skin as much as 100 times more permeable.

Another big cause for concern is that when combined with other chemicals SLS becomes a “nitrosamine”. This is an extremely strong class of carcinogen and a poison to the body. There have been multiple studies conducted in to the effects of SLS exposure and they have shown links to organ toxicity, skin & eye irritation, reproductive & developmental toxicity. Then of course there is the main reason you’re reading this article, it causes endocrine disruption which includes reduced testosterone production.

Final Thoughts & Future Articles

Hopefully this article has painted a picture of the dangers of your standard household cleaning products and what the chemicals that lower testosterone are, the good news is there are alternatives that are both non-toxic and won’t lower testosterone production. I will be publishing an article shortly focused on the alternative products you can use; but to give you an idea for the short term, baking soda, apple cider vinegar and white vinegar are all effective natural cleaners. The chemicals mentioned in this article and others that potentially lower testosterone are found in other products used daily. I’ve written articles covering these, which you can view here: Chemicals That Lower Testosterone

Any questions in regard to this article or chemicals that lower testosterone as a wider subject, just drop me a comment below and I’ll get back to you.

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10 thoughts on “Chemicals That Lower Testosterone Found In Cleaning Products

  1. That is a pretty cool article, you are so professional, I like to see some website that I have never seen, I have never seen some article talk about things like you do, I’m sorry I still not too understand, it is hard to know chemistry, but I really like this article, thank you for sharing this information!

    1. Hi Skypath,

      I’m glad you found it useful, apologies if it is a bit too scientific. The main thing to take on board is that a number of the chemicals in your standard cleaning products are toxic and potentially lead to health issues. I’d advise opting for natural cleaning products where possible.

  2. Very thorough analysis of the topic here. What amount of fluoride is necessary to begin reducing testosterone levels? My dentist tells me that fluoride is the one absolutely necessary ingredient in toothpaste and mouthwash. She also tells me that I should be brushing and using mouthwash at least twice a day. I always brush, wash and floss in the morning, but sometimes do skip my oral care in the evening. Is this overexposure to fluoride?

    1. Hi Stone,

      I suggest you take a look at this study to get a feel for the amount of fluoride to start lowering testosterone. The problem is that fluoride isn’t just in oral care products, it can be found in tap water, cleaning products and it all begins to add up. With regards to oral care products, there are options that don’t contain fluoride, I suggest you check out this article on chemicals that lower testosterone in toothpaste to find out more information.

  3. Finally, somebody took on the task to remind us not to be careless with cleaning product!
    I really needed to read about it, I always forget to use gloves when cleaning my house.
    Even worse, I never pay too much attention to the cleaning products I’m buying.
    Time to change that.
    I think I’ll be visiting this page again, just to make sure that I’m being careful with the chemicals within the products I’m using.
    Thanks for sharing, this post is really helpful on so many levels.

    1. Hi Boby,

      No problem, I’m glad you found this useful. Yes rubber gloves are certainly one option, another option is opting for natural cleaning products like baking soda, vinegars and lemon juices as they are far safer and cheaper as well.

  4. Wow, I had no idea that there were so many chemicals found in these products that impact testosterone. I’m really looking forward to your article on alternative cleaning products. One question that I had is that it seems like major producers of cleaning supplies are able to effectively obscure the real list of ingredients on the label. Do you think it is best to just avoid products you would find in a store?

    1. Hi Nick,

      It’s a difficult one, I would advise opting for more natural cleaners where possible like baking soda, lemon juices and vinegars, If you need to use commercial cleaning products I’d advise making sure you wear rubber gloves and a mask to reduce exposure to the chemicals.

  5. Great information on the hidden side-effects of cleaning products.
    I’d not idea that such a term as QUATS existed. And what a list.
    I had heard that the hidden ingredients in cleaning products triggered low testosterone levels – is this one of the reasons erectile dysfunction is common and the sales of drugs to give a temporary fix are booming?
    Great information about the real reasons for low testosterone levels are needed .
    Keep up your great writing

    1. Hey,

      Yeah it is pretty scary, the number of chemicals in cleaning products and other household goods that are toxic, endocrine disruptors and can lower testosterone production. Products like these are one of the reasons for low testosterone but there are other like our diets, personal care and hygiene products that also contain chemicals, even some medications potentially lower testosterone production

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