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Toxic Cleaning Chemicals To Avoid

We purchase all kinds of cleaning products without knowing the contents and their possible side effects. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, our indoor air contains double the pollutants of the outdoor air. To help you make informative purchases, we’ve prepared a list of toxic cleaning chemicals to avoid.

Phthalates

Phthalates cause low sperm count and asthma. This toxic chemical exists in many fragranced household products like air fresheners. Current laws allow manufacturers to hide phthalates behind a ‘fragrance’ label. Substitute phthalates-based products with those labeled fragrance-free or all-natural. You can also use essential oils instead.

Triclosan

Triclosan is an antibacterial agent. It’s typically found in dishwashing liquids, hand soaps, and sanitizers. Its antibacterial trait promotes the growth of drug-resistant bacteria. Moreover, it’s known to disrupt endocrine function, and may link to breast & colon cancer. Avoid triclosan in your cleaning products with alcohol-based and triclosan-free products.

Ammonia

Ammonia breaks down dirt and oil-based stains. It is used in glass and floor cleaners. Ammonia can cause skin irritation and may trigger respiratory diseases. Additionally, when rinsed away, ammonia enters our water system and nourishes algae which grow rapidly.

Algae will then deprive aquatic animals of enough oxygen and reduces biodiversity. Thus, negatively affecting our sources for drinking, cooking, and showering. You can replace ammonia with hydrogen peroxide or mix your homemade vinegar-based glass cleaners.

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Chlorine

Chlorine whitens clothes, eliminate mold, mildew, and germs. It is common in bleach and toilet bowl cleaner. Chlorine can disrupt thyroid function, irritates the skin, and cause chronic dryness. Customers should substitute chlorine bleach with oxygen bleach. Furthermore, you can create a DIY bleach solution with baking soda, vinegar, and lemon. 

Sodium hydroxide

Sodium hydroxide is an industrial-strength cleaner for ovens and drains. It is extremely corrosive and can cause severe burns to your skin and eyes. When inhaled, it causes sore throats. A homemade solution made of baking soda and vinegar is a great replacement for sodium hydroxide.

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It's time to rethink your cleaning products

Consumers are becoming more aware of the effects of toxic chemicals in our cleaning products. Many have resorted to homemade or natural-based cleaners. As consumers, we are responsible for educating ourselves about the dangers caused by our purchases. This will help create a better and healthier environment. Now that you know these five common toxic chemicals, make sure to keep an eye on them when buying your cleaning needs. 

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