Can Cleaning Products be harmful?
How can cleaning supplies and household products affect health?
Many cleaning supplies and products can irritate the eyes or throat, or cause headaches and other health problems, including cancer. Some products release dangerous chemicals, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Other harmful ingredients include ammonia and bleach
Cleaning is essential to protecting our health in our homes. However, there is a downside to this. Many home cleaning products including cleaning sprays, polishes, laundry soap, toilet bowl cleaner and carpet cleaning products often include harmful and toxic chemicals. Some cleaning supplies can even be flammable or corrosive.
Why are VOCS so bad for you?
VOCs and other chemicals released when using cleaning products contribute to chronic respiratory problems, allergic reactions and headaches. Studies are underway to assess how these chemicals affect people who have asthma and other respiratory illnesses. However, past studies link exposure to chemicals from cleaning supplies to occupational asthma and other respiratory illnesses
Products Containing VOCS
Cleaning supplies and household products containing VOCs and other toxic substances can include, but are not limited to:
Aerosol spray products, including health, beauty and cleaning products
Carpet cleaning products
Detergent and dishwashing liquid
Dry cleaning chemicals
Rug and upholstery cleaners
Furniture and floor polish
What's the solution?
Switch to natural and non toxic cleaners that are earth friendly and biodegradable. You should be able to understand and pronounce every ingredient listed! Do it for your health, do it for your home and do it for you and your family!