Did you know the average home contains about 62 toxic chemicals? It may come as a surprise, but those chemicals can all be found in the cleaning products you use to clean your home.
Though the results may not be immediate, with consistent exposure over time, chronic illnesses will begin to develop. Not to mention, many of these harsh chemicals may rid your home of bad bacteria, but it also eliminates the friendly bacteria that is needed to promote a healthy mind and body. Every day you use a cleaning product with harsh chemicals, you are putting yourself and your family at a greater risk of diminished health.
The chemicals listed below are ingredients that you will find in everyday household products. These chemicals and more have been linked to illnesses such as asthma, cancer, reproductive disorders, hormone disruption and in the most severe of cases, neurotoxicity.
Phthalates are toxic chemicals commonly found in household products with fragrance. They are some of the more tricky chemicals to locate on product labels as proprietary laws don’t require companies to divulge the ingredients in their scents.
In many cases you’ll have to read between the lines; if the product says it contains fragrance, you can bet there are phthalates used.
Being exposed to phthalates on a regular basis can result in a number of health risks. Phthalates affect the endocrine system, leading to a number of issues with a person’s hormone regulation and growth. Since phthalates are commonly found in air fresheners, they can also cause frequent migraines and even the development of asthma.
A good way to avoid phthalates is by not purchasing air fresheners but instead, investing in essential oils or odor-eliminating plants. Even simpler, keep the windows open more often for fresh air. One of the best, and most common way to steer clear of phthalates, is to search for non-toxic cleaning products that are fragrance-free.
Our Stabiotic Mist Home Spray works to eliminate odors in the air, on surfaces, and within fabrics without using artificial scents or toxic chemicals. The Stabiotic Mist Home Spray is fragrance-free and packed with probiotics that help eliminate allergens and control odors.
Also known as lye, sodium hydroxide is a toxic chemical that is notoriously found in oven and drain cleaners.
Sodium hydroxide’s corrosive nature leads to severe burns when in contact with skin. If inhaled, this chemical can inflame the throat and cause discomfort for days.
To avoid this avoid sodium hydroxide, try making your own baking soda paste to clean the oven and to unclog the drain, use a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. These all-natural ingredients may smell a little bit funky, but you won’t even have to worry about burning your eyes, throat, and skin.
Ammonia is a component in most polishing products and glass cleaners. This commonly used toxic chemical has a harsh, pungent odor and if mixed with bleach, can become a poisonous gas (Source). Along with skin irritation, if inhaled, ammonia can cause asthma and chronic bronchitis to those who use it in a frequent manner.
Surprisingly enough, vodka is a reliant substitute to glass cleaner. Vodka can produce a reflective shine on any metal or glass surface. Toothpaste as well is an interesting and effective substitute to ammonia for it’s polishing abilities. Not only can it polish your teeth, but it can polish your silver as well.
Our All Natural All Purpose Cleaner is a great natural cleaning solution and alternative to ammonia. It is non-toxic and works on all surfaces such as windows, mirrors, sinks, appliances, and more to rid grease, grime, and dirt stains.
Chlorine is most commonly used in toilet cleaners, laundry whiteners (bleach), mildew removers and even tap water. Chlorine can irritate the skin when it comes in direct contact with it and if inhaled, it can produce negative effects on the respiratory system. The best way to avoid chlorine is to look for cleaning products that have chlorine-free bleach, or even a vinegar base. Baking soda is an environment-friendly alternative as well. In an effort to reduce chlorine intake from tap water, consider investing in a water filtration system that can fasten to your sink and shower.
When shopping for cleaners, be sure to read through the ingredients list that’s provided on the back of the bottles.