In today’s society, we are very health conscious in regards to what we are putting into our bodies. There are new studies on the effects gluten, refined sugar, and dairy have on our bodies, we are conscious of free range produce and the hormones the animals we eat are fed. However have you ever wondered what's in your cleaning products? I mean we clean our whole house with this stuff, so that means we are breathing it in, wearing the clothes washed in it, eating off plates and drinking out of glasses that have been washed in these chemicals....food for thought.
The most dangerous cleaning products have corrosive ingredients such as drain cleaners, oven cleaners or acidic toilet cleaners. The chemicals within these can cause serve burns on the skin, irritation to the eyes and in ingested can burn the throat andoesophagus. Many products include chlorine bleach and ammonia which can cause irritation to eyes, nose and lungs which is highly dangerous to those who asthma or lung and heart problems if can also cause headaches. If you have a cleaner you can't stand the smell of, that is a clear sign that your body has a build up of a chemical that is in that product.
A problem with these products is there is no federal regulation of chemicals used. Environmental Working Group (EWG), explains, “In terms of household cleaners, neither ingredients nor products must meet any sort of safety standard, nor is any testing data or notification required before bringing a product to market.” Therefore, products do not need to have the chemicals listed on the back of their packaging.
The average household in AAmericacan contain up to 62 different chemicals; manufacturers argue that in small amounts these toxins are not likely to cause health problems but when we are exposed to them on a regular basis it is difficult to gauge the risk involved when in contact with these chemicals. No one can avoid exposure to these toxins altogether but there are steps that can be taken to reduce the impact they have.
Watch out for Product labels
A large majority of cleaning products will not list their ingredients but you can learn about products hazards by reading the label. Most labels will bear a single word such as “Danger” “Warning” or “Caution” which can indicate a product’s toxicity. Products with the label “Danger” or “Poison” are the most hazardous and toxic; these products should be avoided. Look for other warnings such as “"may cause skin irritations," "flammable," "vapors harmful," or "may cause burns on contact."
When products have this claim or something similar such as “"biodegradable in 3 to 5 days" it means the substances will eventually break down if given enough time and the right ecological conditions. And claims like "no
solvents," "no phosphates," or "plant-based" are more meaningful than vague terms like "ecologically-friendly" or "natural."'
There are several chemicals are severely harmful to our bodies yet because we are unaware that they are in our daily cleaning products we are unintentionally outing our bodies at risk. There are several natural ingredients that can replace chemically laced products such as lemon juice, vinegar, and baking powder, which will actually be so much cheaper as well.
Check out my friend's site who runs workshops on teaching you how to make your own products.http://www.madeforme.kiwi.nz/