Benzalkonium Chloride

NASTY, not used in ecostore products

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High health hazard. Benzalkonium chloride is classified as a skin, eye and lung irritant and is very toxic to aquatic life.

Benzalkonium chloride is a known irritant used as an anti-bacterial in many consumer products. It has the potential to cause permanent damage if in contact with eyes and is highlighted as especially dangerous for people with asthma or skin conditions such as eczema.

Benzalkonium chloride is found in many household disinfectants and cleaning products and at the concentrations used in household cleaners, can lead to the development of resistant bacteria in the home.

It is also toxic to birds, fish, aquatic invertebrates and is not readily biodegradable.

REFERENCES:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benzalkonium_chloride
http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/700674/BENZALKONIUM_CHLORIDE/#

INCI Name Benzalkonium Chloride
EWG Rating 4 - 4
Learn more on the EWG website