Why is it Nasty?
Ethanolamines are surfactants and emulsifiers that break down into toxins called nitrosamines, which are carcinogenic. Most ethanolamines are now listed on California’s Prop 65 list as known carcinogens, but they’re still widely used in a variety of common household products, including laundry detergents and surface cleaners.
How do I find it?
Luckily, most ethanolamine compounds are easily spotted on ingredient labels, as they contain either TEA, DEA or MEA in their chemical name, such as cocamide DEA.