Dangers of Chemicals

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A surprising number of the most harmful toxins ever created are found right in our own backyard — indeed, right inside your utility room! When consumers buy commercial cleaning products, we expect them to do one thing: clean! We use a wide array of scents, soaps, detergents, bleaching agents, softeners, scourers, polishes, room deodorizers, candles and specialized cleaners for bathrooms, glass, drains, and ovens to keep our homes sparkling and sweet-smelling. But while the chemicals in cleaners foam, bleach, and disinfect to make our dishes, bathtubs and countertops gleaming and germ-free, many also contribute to indoor air pollution, are poisonous if ingested, and can be harmful if inhaled or touched. The air in our homes is filled with fumes from petrochemical solvents added to cleaners to dissolve dirt. The average household contains anywhere from three to 25 gallons of toxic materials, most of which are in cleaners. No law requires manufacturers of cleaning products to list ingredients on their labels or to test their products for safety. It’s up to you to make sure your home is not only clean, but also nontoxic. In 2000, cleaning products were responsible for nearly 10% of all toxic exposures reported to U.S. Poison Control Centers, accounting for 206,636 calls. Of these, 120,434 exposures involved children under six, who can swallow or spill cleaners stored or left open inside the home.  Below are some of the toxic ingredients to be aware of!

  • Chlorinated phenols found in toilet bowl cleaners are toxic to respiratory and circulatory systems.
  • Diethylene glycol found in window cleaners depresses the nervous system.
  • Phenols found in disinfectants are toxic to respiratory and circulatory systems.
  • Nonylphenol ethoxylate, a common ingredient found in laundry detergents and all-purpose cleaners, is banned in Europe; it has been shown to biodegrades slowly into even more toxic compounds.
  • Formaldehyde found in spray and wick deodorizers is a respiratory irritant and suspected carcinogen.
  • Petroleum solvents in floor cleaners damage mucous membranes.
  • Perchloroethylene, a spot remover, causes liver and kidney damage.
  • Butyl cellosolve, common in all-purpose, window and other types of cleaners, damages bone marrow, the nervous system, kidneys and the liver.

Cleaning ingredients vary in the type of health hazard they pose. Some cause acute, or immediate, hazards such as skin or respiratory irritation, watery eyes, or chemical burns, while others are associated with chronic, or long-term, effects such as cancer.

 Here are ways you can detoxify your home, make it safe again, and keep it that way by avoiding a few key chemical cleaning products.

To detoxify your home, first rid it of cleaners that are toxic or that you suspect may be toxic.You can be sure of this if the label says WARNING, DANGER or POISON.  Read the ingredients!!

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably got more than a few rusty, crusty, almost-empty bottles of cleaning products, along with some dried-out sponges and a furniture-polish-soaked T-shirt hanging around in your utility room. With a little organization and attention to labels, you can transform it into a complete and efficient collection of green cleaners and other products that will not only help keep your house spic-and-span, but also help reduce dangerous indoor air pollution created by most conventional household cleaners.

Watch out for cleaners that may advertise that they are “environmentally sound” but fail to provide a full list of ingredients.

Take a close look at the labels on the products . Anything that you know to be toxic remove.  After you have removed the toxic products you might find that you need to do some restocking to meet your cleaning needs with safe and natural products.

My Number 1 tip to have a Chemical Free Home!!

The Thieves household Cleaner has replaced all my cleaners! I use it to clean the bathroom, the kitchen, windows, floors, furniture and more!!! It is all natural and has essential oils to make it antibacterial, anti- fungal, and antiviral!  And the wholesale price makes it less expensive than the chemical laden cleaners!  The cost is $22 wholesale for the 14 oz bottle! It makes 14- 30 oz bottles of cleaner! So it figures out to $1.28 / bottle!! You can’t beat the price!!  When I cleaned all this out I also had a lot more cabinet space!  The best way to get started on a chemical free home it get Thieves Household Cleaner!  You will be so glad you did!!

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