I think deep down we all know that our cleaning supplies are toxic. They are labeled as “hazardous to humans.” We don’t let out kids touch them, we wear gloves and face masks when we use them. So why do we still use them? We feel as though it’s the only way to get rid of germs and to truly clean our homes and keep our families healthy. Unfortunately though, we are putting our families at risk for serious health issues because of the chemicals we are using to clean out homes.
Jessie Sholl on an article on ExperienceLife.com says that “The average household contains about 62 toxic chemicals, say environmental experts. We’re exposed to them routinely — from the phthalates in synthetic fragrances to the noxious fumes in oven cleaners. Ingredients in common household products have been linked to asthma, cancer, reproductive disorders, hormone disruption and neurotoxicity.”
What if I told you that you don’t need to use harsh chemicals to get your house squeaky clean?
What Toxins are Found in You Cleaning Supplies?
- Fragrances – In this post I also say: “run far away from anything containing fragrances! When you see “fragrance” on a label this can include a number of chemicals (3,000 different ones)! By using fragrances you are at risk for allergies to smells, neurotoxic effects, cancer, and more (since fragrance range from formaldehyde to toluene you can’t be sure what it will cause…).”
- Triclosan – I’m going to quote me again…. “This antibiotic chemical is used in antibacterial soaps and detergents. It is even in facial tissues, toothpaste, and clothing. This is linked to hormone disruption and the rise of the “Superbug” (flesh-eating disease). Doesn’t that sound fun? This chemical also build up in the system and harms the environment.”
- 2-Butoxyethanol – This cleaner is found in window and multi-purpose cleaners. This can cause sore throats, contribute to narcosis, pulmonary edema, and liver and kidney damage. 1
- Ammonia – This makes the “squeaky clean” “streak free” look on your mirrors and countertops. This chemical when inhaled (and it usually is) can cause asthma and breathing problems. It also creates a very poisonous gas when mixed with bleach! 1
- PERC – This is a neurotoxin (which means it affects the nervous system) that can be found in dry cleaning solutions and carpet and upholstery cleaners. It can cause dizziness and loss of coordination. 1
- Formaldehyde – This chemical can be found in many different cleaning supplies and even some beauty products. This can cause damage to the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). This can also cause risk of developing ALS, chest pain, shortness of breath, and cancer. 2
Unfortunately you are not going to be able to know if any of these chemicals are in your cleaners because the law does not require the ingredients to be put on the label. They just require it to say something like “keep out of reach of children” and “hazardous to humans and animals.”
EWG states that “In 2010, American poison control centers fielded more than 116,000 calls about household cleaner accidents involving children under age five (Bronstein 2011). U.S. emergency room records show that in 2006 alone, 10,318 children under age five required some form of medical treatment as a result of poisoning with household cleaners, and 744 of them had symptoms that were life-threatening or resulted in significant disability (McKenzie 2010).”
If you want to learn about the chemicals in the cleaners you use go here. Just type the name of the cleaner in the search bar and then you can see all of the toxic chemicals found in it.
I only use one cleaner in my home. Yup! One. I use it on my toilets, counters, floors, windows, and even mirrors. It’s plant based, contains no toxic chemicals, and actually benefits my families health because it contains essential oils. Not only am I cleaning my home, I’m supporting my families immune system.
What cleaner is this? Thieves Household Cleaner for Young Living! It’s cheap, lasts a super long time because it’s concentrated, and is all natural. We will be talking much more about this in a future post, but for now, know that there is a another way (Learn how to purchase here).
You of course can make your own cleaner as well, but this does take a lot of time and most people don’t like the smell of vinegar. If you do want to make your own, here are some great recipes from Morning Chores!
You don’t need put your family at risk of developing asthma, kidney damage, or cancer. There is another way! You control what you bring into your home. It’s up to you to keep your family healthy!
Are you going to stop using toxic cleaners in your home? Leave a comment below!
1 – Experience Life – 8 Hidden Toxins: What’s Lurking in Your Cleaning Products?
2 – Fox News – Dangers of Formaldehyde Lurk in Everyday Products