Alkylphenol Ethoxylates (APEs)
- What It’s Used In: Acrylic Paint, Laundry Products, Emulsifiers
- Problems Caused: Disruption To Our Endocrine System
Alkylphenol Ethoxylates are mostly classified as “surfactants.” These are basically cleaners that are able to clean up at the surface of something. This is likely why you’ll see APEs used in cleaning or laundry products, wetting agents, and obviously softeners too. Of course, they are also used in some yarn or fabric to keep them clean longer, but you might also see them used in paint. Sadly, this is one of the more dangerous ingredients on the market. APEs are bad for the environment, affecting many animals. In humans, they disrupt our endocrine system. Which can be harmful to our long-term health.