A study of the environmental effects of detergents suggests they may not be a good idea.
The study, published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, found that the chemical compound dimethyl sulfoxide is more toxic than the other known toxicants.
DMT is commonly found in toothpaste and cosmetics and has been linked to cancer.
It’s also found in the skin of people who have had heart attacks.
“The more we look at these compounds and see what’s going on in their chemical biosynthesis, the more we see the potential for a potential adverse impact on human health,” lead author Christopher Klimas told ABC News.
“But we don’t really know what that means for people who don’t have this cancer.”
Dimethyl sulfoxide, also known as methyl methacrylate, is the most common compound found in detergants.
Klimans study showed that the chemicals could actually increase the risk of cancer.
“There is evidence that dimethyl-S-oxide is particularly toxic in certain types of cancer, particularly those that develop in the prostate and other organs of the body, and in some cases it can actually cause a prostate cancer or even carcinoma,” he said.
“If you have these compounds in your body, they’re metabolized by the body and there’s an accumulation in the body.
So it’s not just going to accumulate in your urine.”
The chemical compound has been shown to cause cancer in mice, but studies have not yet found any evidence that it’s linked to any cancer in humans.
But the study also found that detergences had a strong negative impact on the environment.
“We’re talking about a compound that’s found in many of the consumer products, not just toothpaste, and we’ve found that they actually do a very good job of removing these compounds from the environment,” Klimis said.
The scientists did find that some detergent ingredients may actually increase a person’s risk of developing some cancers, but only in specific types of cancers.
The researchers found that a “low” dose of dimethyl dimethyl S-oxide was more toxic to the environment than a higher dose, which could increase the chance of developing lung cancer in people who live in areas with high levels of the chemical.
The findings suggest that the environment is less protective against cancer in certain people, which may help explain the link between the two chemicals.
The research was funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the Environmental Protection Agency.
ABC News’ John Mabrey contributed to this report.