What Health Risks are Associated with Cleaning Supplies?
_In this age of super-consumption, marketers have trained us to seek out the brands that that deliver superlative benefits over the competitors…”the tightest ship in the shipping industry”, “the ultimate driving machine”, “the greatest show on earth”, “the best a man can get”. We purchase these items thinking we are getting the most for our money, which will better our lives in some way. Sometimes more is not more. Consider household cleaning products.
“Industrial strength” is one marketing-infused brand attribute that suggests cleaning products will make our homes cleaner and that the job will be done faster, or cheaper, or all of the above. “Industrial strength” tells us the cleaning product is so strong that it really doesn’t belong in our homes. As consumers we are driven to want such products simply because we’re technically not supposed to have them! At least according to the marketers.
The truth is many ingredients in the common household cleaning products we’ve grown to trust are harmful to our health. As consumers why would we want such products around us, our families or our pets? The problem is, most consumers aren’t aware of the hidden dangers these popular cleaning products present to our health. Nor are they aware how pervasive these health threats are.
WHO IS AT RISK?
Most products bear the warning “Keep Out of Reach of Children” in bold type on the label. As consumers, we believe that if our children don’t ingest these products they will not be harmed by them. Consider though that the most common methods of exposure are through the skin and respiratory tract. Children are frequently in contact with the chemical residues housecleaning products leave behind, by crawling, lying and sitting on the freshly cleaned floor. Children, especially infants and toddlers, frequently put their fingers in their mouths and noses, increasing risks for exposure. When infants eat solid food, how common is it that the food is placed directly on a high chair tray that has just been wiped down with a household cleaner or dish detergent? Another factor is that, pound for pound, childrens’ exposure levels are higher than adults’ because, although the amount of chemicals in an exposure remains equal, children’s bodies are smaller so the concentration is stronger, essentially. Also, their immune systems are still developing. Thus, children are probably the highest risk population for chemical exposures through cleaning products. For many of these same reasons, pets may also be at risk. Other populations with a pronounced risk are breast cancer victims, the elderly, asthma and allergy sufferers and those with compromised immune systems.
You may be thinking that the diluted aspect of off-the-shelf cleaning products reduces or altogether eliminates the threat of getting sick from your floor polish, window cleaner or air freshener. However many of the toxins found in these products (and so many other cleaning products) are bioaccumulative, meaning the chemicals do not purge easily from the body and over time even mild exposures can add up to toxic levels. In fact, a medical study recently conducted in Iowa suggests a correlation between certain occupations and bladder cancer. One of those occupations was cleaning services. These products are used repeatedly and routinely in the home to maintain cleanliness, increasing the chances for bioaccumulation of chemicals in the body.
WHAT MAY BE LURKING UNDER THE KITCHEN SINK?
Research points to the toxic effects of not only active but also inactive ingredients – hazards that can affect the central nervous system, reproductive systems and other vital bodily systems. Consumers often don’t have the time or know where to go to find important information about the products they use. To make matters worse, the information is often presented in highly scientific language that may be difficult to interpret. But there are a growing number of consumer-friendly resources that can help us sort through all of this information and understand what we need to know to make the best possible choices for our families with regard to household cleaners, disinfectants and polishes.
According to the National Research Council, "no toxic information is available for more than 80% of the chemicals in everyday-use products. Less than 20% have been tested for acute effects and less than 10% have been tested for chronic, reproductive or mutagenic effects." Most have not been tested for combined or accumulated effects, nor for their effects on unborn children.
What can you do to protect your loved ones from chemical injury and poisoning?
By definition, we clean our homes to reduce damage or harm to human and pet health, and to protect our valued possessions. Let's not make the solution worse than the problem!
People who use cleaning products at home or on the job may increase their risk of developing asthma or triggering asthma attacks. These products can contain ingredients linked to asthma, cancer, reproductive toxicity, hormone disruption, neurotoxicity and other health effects. Exposure to low levels of these chemicals over a lifetime may increase the risk of developing serious health problems.
Convert Your Home to Safe, Effective Products!
__ The idea that the home can be a healthy or unhealthy environment is relatively recent. Terms such as "HOUSEHOLD TOXICS" and "INDOOR AIR POLLUTION" have been coined only within the past few years as the medical and scientific communities have begun recognizing that common household chemicals can have an adverse effect on our health.
Learning about these toxic chemicals can be an odyssey of discovery that radically changes the way you live. Like most people, I always assumed that if a product was on the market, it must be safe. I've now learned that nothing could be farther from the truth.
Actually, consumer products that we all use every day are filled with toxic chemicals, many of which would require special handling if used in a chemical laboratory or in the workplace. In fact, in industry, workers are required to wear special gloves, goggles, and sometimes a respirator when using some of the exact same products found in just about every home. We use these same chemicals at home with no protection at all and with no ventilation!
Some children are plagued with continuous state of ill health and parents often think it is normal ... or they just happen to have a child that is sick all the time.
It should be a RED flag for parents whose children's' eyes are usually swollen, has sore throat, headaches, acute acne, depressed, lack of self-confidence, motivation and often too fatigued to follow through on activities that interest them.
These symptoms are often caused by a sensitivity to all kinds of chemicals found in everyday household products. You may not realize it but your children are slowly being poisoned in their own home.
While certain people may be more sensitive than others, and some chemicals may bring on reactions only after many years of repeated exposure, I discovered through my research that chemicals in the home could put everyone at risk. Cancer, birth defects, genetic changes, heart disease -- almost any symptom imaginable, both physical and psychological, has been associated with certain chemicals in common household products. At greatest risk are fetuses, children, the elderly, and those who are already ill.
Now that you have this information, there's no need for you or your loved ones to risk the very real probability of long-term illness or fatal poisoning from these products. In today's marketplace, there's no excuse to use toxic products, because safe, effective, affordable alternatives are available.
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