Do You Really Know What’s In Your Cleaning Products?
People are up in arms about the additives and ingredients that are being found in their food. And some are becoming more aware of some of the things being identified in their water. But not a lot of people seem concerned about the different chemicals in their cleaning products. Maybe it’s because we don’t really consider how the ingredients in our cleaning products can affect our family’s health. Whether you are the one doing the cleaning in your home or not, you really need to become aware of what’s in the cleaning products you are using in your home.
Did you know that the fumes from the different cleaners can affect breathing and over the long term affect your family’s health. We all know the feeling of spraying the bathroom shower with a cleaner only to feel our eyes start to water and our throat burn. We need to recognize that this is our body’s way of telling us that we are being exposed to harmful chemicals.
Some people feel that if they aren’t the person doing the cleaning, then it really doesn’t matter what is being used in the home. The ingredients in cleaning chemicals stay on the counter tops, floors and in the air for days if not weeks after the cleaning has been done. We need to recognize that these chemicals are affecting our children and our pets. Too often the effects of cleaning chemicals are overlooked in our society. Why do you think we have so much asthma and allergy sufferers in our school system? Our children have been exposed to harmful chemicals since birth. And it’s been with the simple goal of keeping our homes clean and sanitized – for the sake of the children’s health.
Let’s look at the ingredients in some typical household cleaners.
I looked up the ingredients in a well-known counter top cleaner and these were some of the concerns that came up for the ingredients: developmental/endocrine/reproductive effects, damage to DNA, respiratory effects, digestive system effects, nervous system effects, skin irritation/allergies and damage to vision- Is this a product you want to use around the food you are preparing for your family?
How about a dish washing detergent we use to clean our dishes. We never really think that the ingredients in our dish washing soap can affect us but remember, not all of the soap is rinsed off the dishes. The soap residue contains some of the chemicals in the detergent. One of these ingredients is called TRIDECETH-4. This chemical raises concerns for cancer, developmental/endocrine/reproductive effects, damage to DNA, respiratory effects, nervous system effects, digestive system effects, skin irritation/allergies/damage and damage to vision. This dish washing product is given an “F” by the Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning. (www.ewg.org)
These are just two of the many cleaning products being used in most households in the United States. With some simple research I was able to find the ingredient list for both of them as well as how the ingredients affect our health. By spending just a little time researching products we can learn what is in them and if they are the best choice for our families. Some of these products have dangerous chemicals and are not really necessary for a clean home. Alternatives like baking soda, white distilled vinegar, hydrogen peroxide and salt are great options to use for cleaning. Turning to plain soap and hot water can be a simple way to clean our homes and keep our families safe. That’s really all we want isn’t it – a clean and safe home.
Comet gets a big fat F
Comet is a common cleaner not only in our homes but also in schools. On the EWG website it is given an F for it’s ingredients. CBS News reported that EWG put it on it’s Hall of Shame for the amount of toxic chemicals it has in it. Along with these ratings, EWG also reported that Comet contains 7 known carcinogens. They reported this information in an overview of school cleaning supplies.
Take the “Challenge”
If you are using Comet in your home I challenge you to try a DIY cleaning scrub that you can make with the ingredients you have in your own pantry. With three simple ingredients you can clean your sink, shower and even your toilet without using anything thatwould be considered toxic. I’m happy to send you the recipe and a video on how to mix it up and how to use it. Just enter your email address and I will send you the recipe and video right to your email in box.