Death by spray bottle: What toxic chemicals lurk in your cleaning products?

Death by spray bottle: What toxic chemicals lurk in your cleaning products?

Do you know what’s under your kitchen sink?  Glass cleaner, cleansers, surface cleaners, air fresheners, and likely much more.  But, do you REALLY know what’s under your sink?  Have you noticed that most common household cleaners include the disclaimer “hazardous to humans and domestic animals,” yet they don’t necessarily say why?  Well it’s time for you to start asking!

People think they’re sanitizing and doing a really good job removing germs, dust and grime, but what they’re actually doing is putting bad, unhealthy compounds in their bodies that have detrimental effects now and down the road.  Fact is, the average household contains hundreds of toxic chemicals; cleaning and otherwise.  For more on that click here.

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Let’s look at a few of those elements typically listed on popular cleaning products:

Ammonia: One of the main elements in most glass cleaners, ammonia is horrible on the lungs.  Most people like to use these products for the “sparkle and shine” effect, when really this is an irritant known to contribute to asthma and chronic bronchitis. Never mind that these sorts of chemical compounds damage our bodies immune system  Oh, and I can’t forget to mention that if this stuff touches bleach it emits a poisonous gas that can make you instantly nauseous and, depending on the ventilation and exposure time, it will kill you!  Excerpt: Although in wide use, ammonia is both caustic and hazardous.

2-Butoxyethanol: Many of the kitchen, multipurpose and window cleaners contain this key ingredient that falls into the “glycol ethers” category.  If you don’t know what that means, let’s just say that if you throat hurts when you’re cleaning your bathroom it’s NOT because you’re getting sick.  Inhaling this nasty agent can cause pulmonary edema, narcosis, and kidney and liver damage.  Excerpt: Detergents -They disorganize the membrane’s lipidic bilayer and solubilize proteins.  I don’t know exactly what this means but it sure doesn’t sound good for human proteins.

Phthalates: Are “esters of phthalic acid and are mainly used as plasticizers” which means crap added to plastics to make it more bendy (I know it’s not a word), transparent and tough.  If you spot the word “fragrance” on a label chances are it is made with phthalates (a.k.a. endocrine disruptors).  This compound can reduce sperm count and, when included in lotions and soaps, is absorbed through the skin and straight to your vital organs.  Wait… Let’s take a step back.  Yes!  The lemony fresh scent can actually affect your future ability to have children!  Check this out!  If you want to learn how to make your home lemony fresh without the chemicals watch for our next article.

At this point, my hope is that you’re reading this as a slap of dismay to your forehead.  If you’re not thoroughly disgusted at yourself, you should go back and re-read this life-changing piece.

This situation is serious and too many keep pushing it under the proverbial rug.  We all need  to take some time to evolve our lives before these products do it for all of us!

Our next blog will cover your options to avoid the above chemicals….

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