Are you cleaning with store-bought, conventional household cleaners? You might want to think again about using them. And why is that? They’re toxic. Check out their labels. Oftentimes, there are warning indications of toxicity and directions to contact Poison Control if exposed to skin or ingested.
Kinds of Toxic Household Cleaners
Toxic chemicals within conventional household cleaners differ in their severity – from immediate hazards like respiratory or skin problems, watery eyes or chemical burns to long term hazards like fertility issues, cancer, compromised immune system, ADHD, and much more.
The majority of toxic chemicals discovered in household cleaners fall into the following categories:
- Carcinogens – that promote or cause cancer
- Endocrine disruptors – that mimic human hormones, as well as produce false signals inside the body and cause problems like premature puberty, infertility, menstrual issues, miscarriage, ADHD and cancer.
- Neurotoxins – that affect brain activity and lead to problems like memory loss and headaches
Seven Household Cleaners You Should Avoid
1. Air fresheners
Fragrances (even the ones labeled unscented) may trigger allergies and asthma. The EWG (Environmental Working Group) assessed 2,000 household cleaners in 2012 and discovered that 53 percent of cleaning agents contain ingredients dangerous to the lungs and 22 percent of cleaning agents contain chemicals well-known to produce asthma in otherwise healthy individuals.
2. Dryer sheets and fabric softeners
The fragrances and additional ingredients utilized to make them may cause lung irritation, allergies, or asthma.
3. Cleaning products that have artificial fragrances
The NIOSH found that 1/3 of the substances utilized in the fragrance sector are toxic, but because the formulas utilized for such fragrances are trade secrets businesses are not required to disclose the ingredients that are used.
4. Antibacterial products
Ingredients utilized to destroy bacteria within these soaps may encourage the creation of drug-resistant superbugs.
5. Toilet bowl cleaners, oven cleaners, and corrosive drain cleaners
Those are the most acutely harmful cleaning agents in the market. Ingredients within these cleaners may cause serious burns on the eyes and skin, or if ingested to the esophagus and throat.
6. Ammonia and bleach
Separately those cleaners generate fumes that have high acute toxicity to nose, eyes, lungs, throat and shouldn’t be used by those who have lung issues or asthma. Utilized together, the products generate a toxic gas which may cause severe lung damage.
7. Products which cause suds (liquid soap, shampoo, laundry detergent, bubble bath)
Ingredients like 1,4-dioxane, DEA (diethanolamine), TEA (triethanolamine), PEG compounds, sodium laureth sulfate, etc. are well-known carcinogens connected with organ toxicity.
Beside long-term and acute health issues, most of the chemicals also pose health hazards to the environment. As these cleaners are utilized in bathtubs, sinks, or showers, they’ll go down the drain and might threaten wildlife or water quality. Sudsing agents in liquid soaps, shampoos, and phosphates and detergents utilized to soften hard water inside detergents pose a big threat to the water supply.
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