Table 6: Chemicals in food- resembling/child-appealing household products (based on ingredient listing of common household products)

Category of chemicals Sample ingredients
Anionic surfactants Alcohol ethoxysulphates, Linear Alkyl Sulphonate, Alkyl ether sulphate,
sodium laurate, monoethanolamine oleate,
Amphoteric surfactants Cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine, Cocamidopropyl betaine, cocamide MIPA
Non-ionic surfactants Alcohol ethoxylates, fatty acid polyglycolethers, fatty alkanolamides,
sodium dodecylbenzenesulfonate
Cationic surfactants and
Esterquat, diquaternium ethoxysulfatepolymerlaureth-9 polyquaternium-7,
Bleaching agent Sodium hypochlorite, sodium perborate
Alcohols Ethanol, Isoproponol
Process aids Calcium chloride, calcium formate, sodium formate, diethylene glycol,
ethanolamine, polyethylene glycol, propylene glycol, propylene glycol butyl
ether, TAED (tetraacetylethylenediamine)
Dirt capturers Borax, Citric Acid, DTPA
Polymer Polyethyleneimine ethoxylate
Silicones dimethicone
Anti-foam agent Polydimethylsiloxane
Enzyme Amylase, cellulase, mannanase, pectinase, protease
Brighteners Disodium diaminostilbene disulfonate, disodium distyrylbiphenyl disulfonate
pH neutralizer Sodium hydroxide
pH modifier Formic acid, Tartrate
Chelator diethylenetriamine pentaacetate, sodium
Preservatives, antimicrobials Benzisothiozoline, methylthiozoline
Colorants Numerous
Chlorine scavenger Ammonium chloride

Source: SCCS,  Opinion on the potential health risks posed by chemical consumer products resembling food and/or having child-appealing properties, (2011),
Annex III, p.41