Have you ever wondered if those chemicals you clean with might actually be poisoning you? Many people are becoming aware of toxic chemicals that are creating poisonous household cleaners. Most desire a more safe method of getting their homes clean. Did you know that there’s no federal regulation of chemicals in household products? No testing needs to be done, nor do cleaning products need to meet safety standards! My mother cleaned with bleach. As a child, I remember having white towels and white sheets because “they come spotlessly clean with bleach”, and Mom liked “spotlessly clean”. I, unlike my mother, don’t use bleach. Ever. I’m concerned about the environment and my children’s lungs more than spotless sheets. My sheets are blue.
If you are moving toward a more healthy, toxin-free environment, you might be wondering where to start. Let’s start with poisonous household cleaners. Here are a few to get rid of.
BLEACH – Bleach is a corrosive and deadly chemical.
The dangers associated with Chlorine Bleach include:
- It is corrosive to skin. lungs and eyes, and deadly if swallowed
- It can cause wheezing, coughing, allergy symptoms, skin rashes and irritation
- When mixed with ammonia, it creates a deadly gas. (Urine contains ammonia, so using bleach in your toilet can create a gas that causes lungs to stop functioning)
- Chlorine bleach becomes a gas at room temperature, and therefore will be breathed in any room it is used in
- Chlorine bleach does not easily break down in the environment, thus causing pollution to fresh water, and distruction to plants and animals in water
PHTHALATES – Fragrances contain phthalates.
This chemical is an endocrine disruptor, which can affect the reproductive system. Poisonous household cleaners that
commonly carry phthalates are:
- Air freshener plug-ins or sprays
- Dishsoap and many fragranced cleaners
- Laundry detergent
TRICLOSAN – Triclosan is an anti-bacterial agent found in dishsoap and scented handsoaps.
What’s wrong with that?
- Triclosan promotes the growth of drug resistant bacteria.
- It is poisoning our water table.
- It may be an endocrine disruptor and is currently being studied by the EPA
There are many more toxins to steer clear of. Do a little research. Use safe cleaning alternatives such as Vinegar, Lemon Oil, Essential Oils, Salt, and pumice based cleansers instead of poisonous household cleaners. (Read this article on cleaning with essential oils )
Remember: Just because a cleaner claims to be “green,” “natural” or “biodegradable,” that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s nontoxic. Arsenic and lead are two deadly chemicals that are both natural and organic.
MOXIE Girl uses and recommends TRUCE brand cleaners. These are safe and healthy for your home. Check out TRUCE here.
Here’s to a good start getting the poisonous cleaners out of your home and away from your precious family!