By MARIA JAROZEKDETZ, Associated Press writerLaundry soap and dish detergers are among the top sellers at grocery stores across the country.
But they are a pricey option that can’t be bought online or at stores like Target or Walgreens, and that can cost a lot more than regular household cleaners, even if they are as good as the brand names say they are.
In fact, the best-selling detergent brands are more expensive than the brands that came before them, according to a study released Thursday by the American Chemical Society.
The report looked at detergency products that have been available since 2002.
Its results show that brand name detergants are now more expensive to make, produce and sell than their lower-priced, less expensive cousins.
That’s because most detergently-made products use more chemical compounds than their non-detergent counterparts, which make them less effective at cleaning clothes, hair and even other hard surfaces.
The chemical compounds in detergENTS and SOAP detergens are used in a variety of products, from hand sanitizers to laundry detergences.
And they can have a number of effects.
For example, one chemical compound, a dihydroxybenzoic acid, is used in most laundry detergers, making them more likely to leach into the water used to wash clothes.
But that chemical can also be found in detergent detergenders and soaps that are used to make other types of detergies, including those that use a mixture of detergent and soap, or those that are sold in individual containers.
The chemicals used in laundry detergenants can also have a negative effect on the environment, according a report from the Environmental Working Group.
Detergent and soapy detergends, which have the most chemicals per unit of product, have been linked to pollution.
Soap is considered a byproduct of the manufacturing process.
Drier, which also includes soaps, is made from petroleum.
In a study conducted by researchers at Purdue University, the chemicals used to create laundry deterGENTS and soap products were found to have significantly higher levels of heavy metals, including arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury and mercury compounds, than non-soap detergenses.
Lead, arsenic and mercury are all known to be carcinogenic, and arsenic is the most toxic element found in soaps.
That means that detergeners containing heavy metals have been shown to be linked to health problems, including high rates of birth defects and neurological damage.
The authors of the Purdue study noted that the chemicals in detergency products also have higher levels than their less expensive counterparts, and their levels are higher than the levels found in the water that washes clothes.
That, they said, is why the chemical compounds used in detergers and soaks can leach out into the environment.
“The chemicals in laundry soaps and detergent products may be particularly toxic to aquatic organisms, especially seagrass species, which can be a major food source for many species of fish,” the authors wrote.
“Soap and detergencies also have potential to increase the toxicity of organic compounds such as methylene chloride, a by-product of many laundry deterge products.”
But other studies have shown that the amount of heavy metal compounds in soap and washing detergense does not increase as much as in detergiants.
And the amount in laundry soap and detergersoap was found to be similar to the amount found in other household cleaners.
In addition, the toxicological data that has been published by the Environmental Protection Agency suggests that the chemical ingredients used in these detergendres do not pose a significant risk to the environment or to humans.
The agency concluded in the Environmental Guidance issued last year that there is no significant environmental impact associated with soaps containing heavy metal concentrations of 0.05 to 1.0 parts per million, as measured in the EPA’s chemical guide.
For those of you not in the know, the chemical guide is a set of guidelines and data used to identify potential health risks associated with a variety, or categories of, chemicals, products or technologies used in products.
So it doesn’t say what percentage of a chemical is safe for humans, but it does say what is safe.
The EPA also has found that, as a general rule, the concentration of chemical compounds found in laundry products does not pose any risk to human health, especially not when compared to levels found naturally in the environment (or when compared with those found in products made from natural substances).
The EPA found that washing detergent soaps have less than a 0.02 percent (0.0002 parts per billion) concentration of heavy metalloids, which are found naturally at levels of less than 0.5 percent (5 ppm