Detox Your Home: Reconsidering Household Cleaners
Had a great time on Ebru Today talking about how to detox our homes as we prepare to seal ourselves in for the colder months. I focused primarily on cleaning products because I think so many folks don’t realize just how toxic they can be and how important it is, especially when our homes are closed up during the colder season, to try to reduce our exposure to toxic chemicals.
Here are a couple of things to consider when thinking about the kinds of cleaning products you want to use in your house:
- The EPA ranks indoor air pollution among the top 5 environmental dangers
- The average household has 3 – 25 gallons of toxic materials in the house, most of which are cleaning products
- A European study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, found that regular use of common household cleaning sprays was linked to a 30 – 50% increased risk of asthma – YIKES!
- There are approximately 17,000 chemicals used in the array of common household cleaners found in most homes, only 30% of these are tested for side effects on human health and the environment! ahhhhhhhh
Here are a few toxic chemicals found in many household cleaners and their effects on human health:
- Chlorinated Phenols – found in toilet bowl cleaners, are toxic to the 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 surfactant (detergent) found in laundry detergents and all-purpose cleaners – BANNED IN EUROPE – has been shown to biodegrade slowly and when it does, it biodegrades into more toxic compounds. nice
- 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 cleaners, damages bone marrow, nervous system, kidneys and liver
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