Choosing Healthy Hygiene Over Toxic-Laden Chemicals
For your health and your family’s, I suggest you drop that dish soap, step away from the suds, and pull up a chair.
I’ve just revealed the second challenge of “Cleaning up Your Home and Health in 6 Months”! The focus this month was on swapping out scary, toxic, household cleaners for safer, healthier solutions.
Many are not aware of the detriments that lurk under a “sparkling” guise of “clean.” If this topic is new to you, or if you want more information, you may need to sit down for this blog.
Read on to learn more, then go to the challenge for some easy solutions!
The Harmful Effects of Common Household Cleaning Items
According to the Environmental Working Group’s 2016 Updated Guide to Spring Cleaning, almost half of the over 2,500 products assessed for health hazards and ecological concerns rated “poor” on ingredient disclosure. Furthermore, few were found to be safe. The report also states that only approximately “one in seven products earned a grade of A or B, for low human and environmental toxicity and robust disclosure of ingredients.”
Other disclosure details on the items reviewed include:
- Fewer than 40 percent were rated “good,” by providing complete information on ingredients and not hiding the chemicals contained. Of all products, only 14% listed all the information on the actual label rather than in multiple locations, such as online.
- The terms “perfume” or “fragrance,” were found in seven out of 10 products. Due to the fact that these terms are not regulated and considered “patentable,” harmful chemicals within these “proprietary scents” can be hidden from consumer sight.
- Of the half of products that had worker safety data sheets, at least one additional chemical was not disclosed on the label or website. EWG states:
Most disturbing were the listing of benzene on the currently available (as of March 2016) safety data sheet of Palmolive’s eco+ dishwasher gel and of formaldehyde on the currently available safety data sheets of eight other dish and laundry products.† Long-term exposure to benzene is linked to leukemia, anemia and bone marrow damage, and formaldehyde is a known carcinogen, respiratory irritant and allergen.*
*This is one of many brand examples.
Other concerns were:
- The use of the terms “dyes,” “colorants”, or “colors” were used to replace the listing the specific chemical dyes which have been linked to allergies and immune issues.
- Isothiazolinone preservatives were found in 40 percent of products. These have been linked to allergies and skin issues. Furthermore, some chemicals can combine with this ingredient to form formaldehyde. (The European Union recently lowered its safety standard for these substances, but the US does not have guidelines set for them, as of today.)
- The presence of sodium borate, which is linked to reduced sperm count, allergies, respiratory issues, and fertility issues in lab animals, was found in 14% of the products.
- Many antimicrobial products contained quats, or quaternary ammonium compounds, linked to reproductive issues.
- The toxic whitening effects. EWG states, “Bleach, or sodium hypochlorite, can cause severe burns and eye damage.”
Don’t worry, I haven’t exposed you to all this horrifyingly dirty information for the pure pleasure of scaring you to death. I just don’t want the chemicals to kill you first!.
I’m offering you a challenge (and a FREE giveaway) for “A Safer, Saner, and Sniffer Friendly Cleaning Option.”
Click here to discover more on the product line that I personally use for my family and myself.
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