What Lurks in Your Home?
Do you know what chemicals are
lurking in your cleaning supplies?
Do you ever wonder what lurks in your home, when it comes to the air, the furniture and our cleaning products? Well, most of this stuff that we use to freshen our air and clean our furniture could be killing us. Just because you don't see, don't mean its not lurking in the air for your to breath.
Household Products such as dishwasher tablets, multi-surface cleaners, laundry detergents, furniture polish, and air fresheners are all filled with very dangerous chemicals.
Did you Know?
The DEA found that many cleaning products can
cause asthma in children.
When it comes to cleaning your home the right way or most people are calling it the “green” way, sorting through the entire
can be as difficult. For more in-depth eco-labels see
Also, here is a great site CPID (Consumer Product Information Database) that informs you of what is in your products or what lurks in your home. Do you want to know what’s in the products you use in your home? Are any of the ingredients hazardous to your health? ...Click here to see
Consumer Product Information Database.
Using less toxic cleaning products is more important than ever.
The EPA has identified indoor air pollution as a serious health threat to those who are exposed to it for the longest periods of time, namely children, the elderly, and the chronically ill.
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The kinds of chemicals what lurks in your home is in many cleaning products that contribute to indoor air pollution. This have been shown to increase risk of cancers and liver and kidney damage in animals and possibly in humans.
Here is a very interesting facts which surprise me, according to the EPA, indoors have 2-5 times higher level of pollutions than outside.
Cleaning the air in your home can be as easy as opening the windows and/or using clean, non-toxic, pure cleaning product such as
and/or mixing up some of your
homemade cleaning solutions.
Chemicals Out of Control
What kind of chemicals are found in conventional and every day cleaners.
This is the kind of stuff you ask yourself and the same disturbing question: what lurks in your home?
Triclosan, the active ingredient in many varieties of liquid hand soap, contributes to the increasing problem of drug-resistant bacteria. Many other disinfectants contain chlorine bleach, which can burn eyes and skin and can be fatal if swallowed.
Most glass cleaners contain ammonia, a gas with fumes that irritate the eyes, skin, and respiratory tract.
Dishwashing soaps, laundry detergents, and all-purpose cleaners
These products contain a host of chemicals, including the ethanol, which can irritate hands and eyes, and surfactants, such as sodium laurel sulfate and alcohol ethoxylate, which can both release a carcinogen, cancer causing agent
The chemicals from the suds in your kitchen sink will wash down the drain and eventually end up in local rivers, streams, or bays where they threaten wildlife.
Laundry detergents with artificial coloring contain toxic chemicals that may cause cancer or other adverse health effects. Many detergents also contain chlorine bleach.
Furniture and all Metal Polish
These products tend to contain ammonia and hydrocarbons, which irritate the eyes, nose, and respiratory tract and can be fatal if swallowed, especially in children.
Surface cleaners, scouring powders, and toilet cleaners come packed with an arsenal of toxic and corrosive chemicals. Chlorine, ammonia, and triclosan are common ingredients, as is d-Limonene, a high-odor volatile organic compound that irritates skin and eyes. Isopropanol, also known as rubbing alcohol, is also a nervous system depressant, while pine oil is irritating to mucus membranes and harmful or even fatal when ingested.
Drain cleaners, some of the most toxic cleaning products, contain sodium hypochlorite (bleach) and sodium hydroxide, both of which can burn eyes and skin.
Are you ready for a change and what to learn more about alternative cleaning products?
The Bottom Green Line
Switching to alternative cleaning products you avoid the dangerous health effects of the arsenal of toxic substances that lurks in most home cleaning cabinets.
Like I said early you can also switch to making your own, you can find recipes here for homemade cleaning solutions.
You probably already have these eight ingredients: baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), white vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, borax, lemons, olive oil, vegetable-based soap, and washing soda (sodium carbonate) in your home. Start mixing!!
Look for products labeled with
certification. Green Seal is an independent non-profit organization dedicate to safeguarding the environment and transforming the marketplace by promoting the manufacture, purchase, and use of environmentally responsible products and services.
Greenpeace has shown that hazardous, man-made chemicals are widespread in homes.
What are the companies saying?
DO they care what lurks in your home?
The biggest factor motivating companies to substitute hazardous substances with safer alternatives was increased customer confidence, followed by the benefits of being seen as a market leader.
For most businesses, substitution is not a quick fix but a long and complex process involving suppliers, customer feedback and external authorities, as well as a lot of work internally. It is also a process that encourages innovation.
The speed of change by some companies shows that alternatives for many uses of hazardous substances are already available or at least are already being evaluated for substitution. These companies prove that substitution is not a future goal but is possible and is happening today.
In contrast, the large number of companies and brands are unwilling to make any changes unless forced to do so by legislation, even amongst some of the larger companies on the database.
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