SLS and SLES: The Killers in Your Bathroom

This is a follow up post on the dangers of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLE) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES). I hope to give you an overview and not a thesis like explanation on how bad these two regular ingredients are to our health.

SLE is known around the world as a skin irritant. In fact, the primary purpose why SLS is used in clinical studies is to cause skin irritation that can be used to identify the properties of other chemicals. Another clinical report states that some in depth studies have indicated that SLS enters and maintains residual levels in the heart, liver, lungs and brain from skin contact. Which makes our regular use of shampoos, soaps, cleansers and toothpastes with the said chemicals a potential health threat.

SLE and SLES also cause hormonal imbalance, eye irritation, protein denaturing and carcenogenicity. The last two are related that even as these two toxic substances denatures proteins, it heightens the risk of potential to cause pre-cancerous conditions.

This is just an overview of the ill-effects of SLE and SLES to our body. I challenge you to read more on this and search via the internet.


  1. Soyun Park says:

    Wow. That’s good to know. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Zombie Money says:

    Eek! Scary! Thanks for the info 🙂

    Cool blog!

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