6 Chemicals That Lower Testosterone In Household Cleaners


Did You Know There Are Chemicals That Lower Testosterone In Household Cleaning Products?

Discover What The Chemicals Are & The Other Ways They Negatively Impact Your Health Here

Some Of The Health Impacts Will Seriously Shock You!

Sadly there are chemicals that lower testosterone found in loads of different household items & this includes cleaning products.

If you want an idea of the different products that contain these toxic chemicals, then I suggest you check out the below article.

Chemicals That Lower Testosterone And Where They Are Found

As already stated, the majority of household cleaning items are manufactured with a number of toxic chemicals that lower testosterone production.

So we are going to look at the main types of cleaning products that contain these toxic chemicals.

We are also going to explore exactly what these toxic chemicals that lower testosterone are & why they lower T & threaten your wider health.

The Cleaning Products

Cleaning Spray

While this isn’t a fully inclusive list, the main types of cleaning products that tend to contain these toxic chemicals area as follows:

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

The Chemicals

So now we have looked the products that contain them, lets take a look at what the actual toxic chemicals that lower testosterone are,

  • Chlorine/ Percolate
  • Fluoride
  • Fragrance/ Phthalates
  • Triclosan
  • Sodium Laury Sulfates

Quarternary Ammonium Compounds, or “QUATS”

Cleaning Spray

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 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 chemicals that lower testosterone are quarternary ammonium compounds like benzalkonium chloride.

These are found to be endocrine disruptors, as you will see in the below article.

Chemicals That Lower Testosterone And Where They Are Found Article

Endocrine disruptors mess with hormone production including lowered testosterone production.

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 chloride
  • 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 is 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 the body (it can end up in/ on your food as well) it can alter your thyroid hormone balance.

This can negatively impact testosterone levels & multiple other hormones, including estrogen.

This can result in a further imbalance between testosterone & estrogen & hormonal inbalances as a whole!


cleaning products

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 in the article below.

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.

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

cleaning products

As I’ve mentioned previously; “Fragrance” or “parfum” 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.


cleaning products

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 Sulfate

cleaning products

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 your standard household cleaning products can pose.

The good news is there are alternatives that are both non-toxic and aren;t manufactured with chemicals that lower testosterone production.

I will be publishing an article shortly focused on the alternative products you can use.

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 that you likely use daily.

I’ve written articles covering these, which you can check out below.

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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You can also follow me on my social media, where I give lots of tips on way to avoid chemicals that lower testosterone and ways to boost testosterone production.

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12 thoughts on “6 Chemicals That Lower Testosterone In Household Cleaners”

  1. SkyPath says:

    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. Nate Stone says:

      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. Stone says:

    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. Nate Stone says:

      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. Boby says:

    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. Nate Stone says:

      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. nick says:

    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. Nate Stone says:

      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. Nate Stone says:


      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

  6. Michele says:

    Hi Nate,

    Interesting article reminding us all of the dangers that can be found in our home with just doing what we all need to do and do frequently, cleaning!

    It certainly pays us to look at the  back of the bottle to see what substances could be ‘nasties’ and may eventually make us sick.

    I am a great believer in using bi-carb sofa  and vinegar in my cleaning, natural products that clean amazingly well. Put a good sprinkle of bi-carb down your kitchen/bathroom sink followed by household vinegar and a beautiful foam appears clearing and cleaning your drain. Wonderful and no  nasty chemicals!

    Thank you 


    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Michele,

      Yeah sadly these toxic chemicals that lower testosterone are found in multiple products that we use daily, including our cleaning products. 

      Yep I’m a massive fan of using bi-carb soda and white vinegar for cleaning. They do a great job and like you say, they are non toxic!

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