Do you have Toxic Cleaning Products in your Home?
Our noble attempts to live in a clean, bacteria-free home can often be the reason people have unexplained illnesses such as neurotoxicity, allergies, reproductive disorders, and hormone disruption.
Did you know that there are at least 62 toxic chemicals used in every household?
They can be found in different products, such as laundry detergents, surface cleaners, bathroom cleaners… paint containers etc.
Have you noticed how you feel congested after spring cleaning? Maybe your nose tends to run or you just feel off?
Check your cleaning products.
When I saw my naturopath for the first time, she let me know that my body was struggling because of the inhalation of toxic cleaning products at home through the nose and also through my largest organ – my skin, by wearing the clothes I had drenched in toxic laundry detergents and fabric softeners. If it wasn’t for her, I would have never expected simple, seemingly harmless cleaning products to negatively affect my health so much.
So, the next time you clean your house, make sure to be more conscious about the products you are using. Yes, they are effective in making everything look shiny and clean, but most store-bought cleaning products do you more harm than good.
Have a look at your containers for any products that contain the following ingredients and get rid of them!
- Phthalates: Often found in dish soaps, air fresheners, toilet paper. Look out for the word “fragrance”. These are detrimental to your health because they disrupt the endocrine system, can result in a reduction in sperm count and skin irritation. Replace these with fragrance-free products, essential oils or use incense instead of the traditional air fresheners.
- 2-Butoxyethanol: This chemical is most commonly found in floor shiners, surface cleaners, stain cleaners, window cleaners, ink removers, and other multipurpose cleaners. The high level of glycol ether in products containing this chemical has been linked to throat, kidney and liver damage, pulmonary oedema, narcosis and many others. To prevent these health problems, experts recommend to just use a mixture of baking soda, essential oils, and vinegar to make your very own all-purpose cleaner. Visit my YouTube Channel for more information on how to keep your home toxin free.
- Triclosan: This is commonly found in products labelled as antibacterial. Triclosan is most commonly found in personal care products such as body soaps, toothpastes, cosmetics and deodorants. When you absorb Triclosan through the skin or if it comes in contact with the lining of the mouth, it can affect muscle function, hormone regulation, and can trigger allergic reactions. Avoid this toxic ingredient by choosing soaps made of plant derivatives or all-natural ingredients.
- Quaternary Ammonium Compounds (QUATS): You’ll find this toxic compound in products such as fabric softeners and products classified as being antibacterial. Because it is also classified as antimicrobial, some of its health risks include contact dermatitis, asthma, and other respiratory problems. A healthy alternative is good old vinegar! Watch my video about how to use it here
- Ammonia: This chemical is super over powering and is most commonly found in polishing waxes, bathroom cleaners and jewellery cleaners. When exposed to high a concentration of this chemical it can lead to asthma, and other breathing problems. Instead of ammonia based products, use vodka instead.
- Sodium Hydroxide: Drain cleaners and oven cleaners are two of the most common products that contain sodium hydroxide. It is extremely corrosive; it can damage the skin and can result in respiratory issues when inhaled. Rather use baking soda paste as a natural alternative.
- Perchloroethylene (PERC): This chemical is often found in aerosols of all kinds, oven cleaners and laundry detergents. Perchloroethylene has been classified as a neurotoxin and a possible carcinogen. Whatever you do, do not inhale it. To avoid the problems associated with Perchloroethylene in the home, start using household cleaners made from all-natural ingredients.
- Chlorine: Chlorine is commonly found in toilet bowl cleaners, scouring powders, laundry whiteners, mildew removers, and even tap water. Exposure to chlorine can commonly lead into respiratory problems and issues with the thyroid. To prevent these awful health risks, make use of natural cleaners, such as vinegar and invest in water filters to remove chlorine from your water, or if you can, buy a Kangen.