It’s like using laundry detergent? Bill Yeadon, IICRC –approved instructor Although there may be some products used in carpet cleaning that people should be cautious with, most carpet cleaning chemicals are similar to detergents that would be used to clean clothes, says Yeadon and Dr. Aziz Ullah,president of FABPRO, Inc. in Baltimore. “In most cases, I think water-based products are relatively safe, as most of the dangerous chemicals used by carpet cleaners in the past are no longer used,” says Ullah. “The chemicals used in carpet cleaning are very similar to those used to clean your clothes.” Hill says while there are people who may have reactions to even the most basic of chemicals, most cleaning chemicals that are used in carpet cleaning are less toxic and dangerous than what a consumer can actually by and put under their sink for their own cleaning chores at home. Commercial products are formulated in professional strength, but then they are not significant in regards to chemical sensitivity, according to Hill.