Due to the safety test, we assume that these cleaning products are safe. However, some of these household cleaners are toxic and pose a great risk to our health.
Household chemicals are one of the health concerns that we are exposed over our lifetime. These chemicals build up and cause harm to our health. Exposure to these chemicals can be reduced and avoided. Here are the common household cleaning products that contain toxic chemicals.
Phthalates: This chemical is found in air fresheners and toilet papers. Most of the manufacturers do not put the scents of their products to avoid putting phthalates on the label. This chemical can cause disruptions of the endocrine. To avoid having phthalates in your home, choose all-natural organic products or fragrance-free products. It is best to use essential oils, add more plants, and open windows for a natural air detoxifier.
Perchloroethylene or PERC: This chemical is found in dry-cleaning solutions. It contains a neurotoxin, which is classified to be a possible carcinogen. To prevent from using this chemical, use water-based technology. More so, there are dry cleaners that are non-toxic that can be found on the natural market.
Triclosan: This chemical is in liquid detergents and hand soaps that are labeled with antibacterial. It is an aggressive antibacterial agent that promotes a drug-resistant bacteria. To prevent from using a cleaning product that has triclosan, use a simple soap and detergent without an antibacterial ingredient.
Quarternary Ammonium Compounds or QUATS: Like triclosan, this is another type of antimicrobial that promotes a drug-resistant bacteria. This chemical is found in fabric softeners labeled with antibacterial. It is a skin irritant that can cause dermatitis. To prevent potential health risks is not to use a fabric softener, there are alternatives for chemical disinfectants. Mix a tablespoon of vinegar or a few drops of tea-tree oil, it prevents bacteria from accumulating and scent.
Chlorine: This chemical is found in toilet bowl cleaners, laundry whiteners, and household tap waters. Health risks from chlorine can range from acute to chronic health conditions, it can affect the endocrine and respiratory system. Do not use chlorine to scrub toilet bowls, you can use a baking soda or vinegar. More so, reduce your exposure to chlorine from tap water. Install filters on your shower heads and faucets.
Sodium hydroxide: Cleaning products that have sodium hydroxide is used for drain openers. It can affect your skin and respiratory, use a baking-soda paste which can prevent you from having illnesses. Pour a cup of vinegar and baking soda down the drain and plug it for 30 minutes. Run hot water down the drain when the bubbles are gone.
The average number of toxic chemicals in a household is 52. We are exposed to them every day. Thus, beware of the products that have labels with biodegradable, natural or green, these products are not totally nontoxic. It is best to clean your home, especially your bathroom with homemade cleaners, it is fast and cheap.