Conventional household cleaning products may make your home smell good and look clean but they may also be risky for your health and harmful to the environment.
Many of the cleaning products that you use around your house every day contain harmful chemicals that have long-term adverse health effects.
These toxic ingredients contaminate the air you breathe with carcinogens, neurotoxic solvents, and other hazardous substances.
We urge you to avoid the following chemicals and read the cleaning products’ labels carefully before you buy them.
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#1 – Ammonia
Ammonia is a cleaning agent often used to clean bathroom fixtures and the main ingredient in most window cleaners.
Ammonia causes irritation to the eyes and mucous membranes. It’s a powerful irritant and creates a poisonous gas known as dichloramine (HNCl2) when mixed with bleach.
#2 – Clorox Bleach
Chlorine bleach is often found in scouring powders, toilet bowl, cleaners and laundry whiteners. Chlorine bleach may damage the oesophagus and respiratory tract.
#3 – Trichloroethylene
Trichloroethylene (TCE) is mainly used for degreasing operations and in consumer products such as spot removers and rug cleaning fluids.
Acute and chronic inhalation exposure to TCE can affect the central nervous system. TCE is also linked to several types of cancers in humans such as prostate cancer.
#4 – Phthalates
Phthalates are a common ingredient in fragranced household products such as dish soap and air fresheners.
Phthalates are a group of endocrine-disrupting chemicals and have been linked to birth defects, neurodevelopment problems in newborns and fertility issues.
Endocrine disrupting chemicals are chemicals that disrupt your endocrine system.
You have a lot of glands in your endocrine system such as your thyroid gland, prostate gland, and pituitary gland.
The intestines are the largest endocrine organ.
Anything that secrets or regulates hormones is at risk when you use any household cleaning product with Phthalates in it.
The majority of symptoms that people complain about whether it’s fatigue, ovarian cyst, prostate cancer, diabetes, heart disease all have a link to an endocrine disrupting chemical.
Mostly because these chemicals mimic estrogen.
#5 – Perchloroethylene (PERC)
Perchloroethylene is found in spot removers, dry-cleaning solutions, and upholstery cleaners.
Perc is a neurotoxin and is classified as a possible carcinogen. It can harm the brain and central nervous system as well as the liver and kidneys.
Bonus – 5 Additional Harmful Cleaning Products
To create a cleaner and healthier home, choose safer commercial cleaners with ingredients you can easily pronounce such as vinegar and lemon oil.
You can also make your own all-purpose natural cleaning products to keep your family safe from harmful and toxic chemicals.
For additional reading on just how toxic your household cleaning products go here.