Are they safe and making our life’s easier like commercials want us to believe or are they, in effect, toxic chemicals harmful to your health, the health of your loved ones and our environment?
A little research into the ingredient list of common household cleaning products and you’ll quickly discover that they are rife with human carcinogens, neurotoxins and endocrine disruptors.
You may be shocked when you realize that the very toothpaste, deodorant and shampoos you use everyday are wreaking your health. Fluoride has long been touted by dentists as a tooth strengthener, an essential ingredient in daily tooth care. But what is sodium fluoride really? It is a known poison – the primary ingredient in rat-poison. A recent Harvard study has also proven fluoride wreaks havoc on the brain, causing steep drops in I.Q. scores. Fluoride is also linked to allergies, high blood pressure, brittle bones, thyroid diseases and much more. Common deoderants contain high amount of aluminum, known to increasing the risk of breast cancer. And yet, they are to be applied in a key lymph zone that flows through the breasts.
Hexane and Xylene used in aerosol sprays are nerve-damaging. Alarming stories revolve around Ethoxylated nonyl phenols in household cleaners. The frequent use of air fresheners are linked to migraine, headaches and depression. Phthalates, a chemical to soften plastic and also an ingredient in common cosmetics known to be absorbed into the body has been linked to birth defects. Many chemicals found in every day household products having a direct impact on the increase of people suffering from asthma, allergies, sinusitis or bronchitis.
Consider turning to old home remedies that your grandmother may have used such as: White vinegar for the removal of mildew, odors, stains and wax built-ups; Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide for cleaning and deodorizing. Baking soda can also be used to wash synthetic residues from common hair products from your hair. Lemon also makes a great cleaning base -- it is very effective against most household bacteria’s and smells beautiful.
There is a growing number of new products in the marketplace which are safe, non-toxic and an environmentally responsible alternative. While using these products you help to promote the growth of green businesses around the world, which has the added bonus of contributing to a sustainable economy.
Remove as many toxins from your home as you can! Read the listed ingredients and if you don’t recognize an ingredient put the product away and search for information before you buy it! There are many inexpensive and easy to use natural alternatives.