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WATER SOFTENER

Products with this unspecific ingredient may be composed of any the specific substances listed below. The evidence shown is based on the most concerning group member.
Asthma/Respiratory
 
Some Concern
 
Skin Allergies &
Irritation
 
High Concern
 
Developmental &
Reproductive Toxicity
 
No Data, Some Concern
 
Cancer
 
No Data, Some Concern
 
Environment
 
Low Concern
 
Top scoring factors: May contain ingredients with potential for skin irritation/allergies/damage; damage to vision; respiratory effects
This unspecific ingredient, Water softener, can be found in products.
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Health issue
 
Level of Concern
 
Source
Water softener
Causes severe skin burns and eye damage
Only in: Oven Cleaner; Drain Opener/Clog Remover; Hard Water Stain Remover; Toilet Cleaner; Stove Top Cleaner; Household Cleaners
 
high
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
Water softener
Causes skin corrosion
Only in: Oven Cleaner; Drain Opener/Clog Remover; Stove Top Cleaner
 
moderate
 
NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Water softener
Causes severe skin burns and eye damage
Only in: Drain Opener/Clog Remover; Oven Cleaner; Hard Water Stain Remover; Toilet Cleaner; Stove Top Cleaner; Household Cleaners
 
some
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
Water softener
Causes respiratory irritation
 
some
 
NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Water softener
Causes skin irritation
 
some
 
NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Water softener
Causes eye corrosion
Only in: Drain Opener/Clog Remover; Oven Cleaner; Stove Top Cleaner
 
some
 
NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Water softener
skin irritation
 
some
 
Threshold Limit Value (TLV) Basis - American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH)
Water softener
European Union Ecolabel program data shows this substance has moderate acute toxicity to aquatic life
 
low
 
Detergents Ingredients Database - EU Ecolabel
Water softener
This substance is Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) as a food additive by the US Food and Drug Administration
Only in: Household Cleaners
 
low
 
FDA - Priority based Assessment of Food Additive (PAFA) - U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Water softener
The international Organisation for Economoic Co-operation and Development reported that sodium hydroxide does not cause genetic toxicity in cells or lab animals.
 
low
 
Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development. 2002. Sodium hydroxide CAS No. 1310-73-2. SIDS Initial Assessment Report for SIAM 14.
Water softener
benign, health
 
low
 
Environmental Working Group. 2012. Established innocuous properties.
Water softener
benign, environment
 
low
 
Environmental Working Group. 2012. Established innocuous properties.
 
 
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