DIY Home Cleaners

Household Cleaners Run Risks

We assume they are safe, but in fact, many popular household cleaners are dangerously toxic. If you can pick up a bottle and it says ‘‘hazardous to humans and domestic animals’, Why would anyone want to use that?” 

The average household contains about 62 toxic chemicals, say environmental experts. Some common ones being:

Sodium Hydroxide; which is found in Oven cleaners and drain openers and is extremely corrosive

Quarternary Ammonium Compounds, or “QUATS”; found in fabric softener liquids and sheets, most household cleaners labeled “antibacterial”

Butyl Cellosolve, a Glycol Ether (also known as 2-butoxyethanol, 2-butoxyethanol acetate or Ethylene glycol monobutyl ether), 2-Hexoxyethanol, Isopropanolamine, Ammonium hydroxide; all found in window and glass cleaners.

Phthalates; which are found in fragrances

Triclosan; which is an aggressive antibacterial agent that can promote the growth of drug-resistant bacteria

Manufacturers argue that in small amounts these toxic ingredients aren’t likely to be a problem, but when we’re exposed to them routinely it’s impossible to accurately gauge the risks. Chronic exposure adds to the body’s “toxic burden” — the number of chemicals stored in its tissues at a given time. Immediate reactions can range from headaches,eye irritation, respiratory inflammation, and skin burns. Each of these can cause enough harm in your body over time that it triggers some kind of disease outcome.

Replace Them with Safer, More Natural Options That Really Work.

 How, you ask? Begin making your own cleaners and if possible, choose fragrance-free or all-natural organic products. Even pine and citrus based oil cleaners, can produce cancer-causing formaldehyde. Rather than spending excess amounts of money on cleaning products, you can simply use a few common items that you may already have around your house to create your own solutions.

  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Salt
  • Natural juices from Lemons, Limes, & Oranges
  • Cheap Vodka ( If you’re over the age of 21) or Rubbing Alcohol 
  • Corn Starch
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Essential Oils
  • Baking Soda
  • Distilled White Vinegar

Safer Choice Products

In all, if you just can’t find the time, patience, or interest in making your own products, you can always opt for products that are truly “green”; for both you and the environment.

Next time you’re out shopping, look for the Green Seal or EcoLogo, which indicate independent certifications. Products with the Safer Choice label help consumers and commercial buyers identify products with safer chemical ingredients, without sacrificing quality or performance.

Safer Choice products are available for your home at retail stores and for use in facilities like schools, hotels, offices, and sports venues. More than 2,000 products currently qualify to carry the Safer Choice label. 

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