Cleaning, its one of those jobs we all love to hate, but what is all those chemicals doing to our health? Each household on average contains 17,000 chemicals, ranging from detergents, creams, foams and sprays. Out of those chemicals less than 5% have been tested on the exposure to health and the environment. Scared yet?
According to studies by Nature Direct, In Australia, manufacturers of chemical cleaning products are not legally required to disclose the ingredients, even when they may contain potentially harmful components. So it makes us think, what really is hiding in our cleaning products?
We all love a nice shiny bathroom and floor tiles but have you ever had trouble breathing when using some of your highly toxic cleaners? Some of the chemicals found in these cleaners have been found to cause some frightening health effects including respiratory irritation, watery eyes, or chemical burns, while others are associated with chronic, or long-term, effects such as cancer.
How can you create a healthy household?
Try some of these tips;
Use fragrance free products: The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has found that one-third of the substances used in the fragrance industry are toxic. But because the chemical formulas of fragrances are considered trade secrets, companies are not required to list their ingredients but merely label them as containing “fragrance.”
Go Natural: Try using plant and mineral based cleaners such as Eco Stores cleaners. They contain no nasty petrochemicals, optical brighteners, synthetic dyes and perfumes. I also use Nature Direct’s spray cleaners which are non toxic, plant-based sustainable cleaners that break the magnetic attraction of oil molecules, allowing dirt, grease and grime to simply rinse away. They are made from a unique fusion of corn, tree sap, processed coconut extract, sugar cane and de-ionized water.
If your looking for a super cheap and natural cleaning agent, then you cannot go wrong with using baking soda or vinegar. Mix either of these items with warm water to clean just about anything.
Think about the environment: If you are looking at going green with your cleaning products that’s great, but always remember to never tip your old products down the drain. Why? Think about where all those chemicals are ending up. Our dirty water is often treated with our sewage and other waste water at municipal treatment plants, and then discharged into nearby waterways. This of course impacts upon our natural wildlife and sea animals.
Sadly with this short post, we are only just starting to touch the tip of the iceberg with all the nasty products we use in our everyday lives. However i hope you to can make a positive step to detoxify your house!