What's Lurking in your Household Cleaning Products
Commercial Cleaning Products are full of toxic chemicals. What We Can Do About It.
Have you ever walked down the cleaning product aisle in your local grocery store and been assaulted with so many fragrances you wanted to run the other way?
If you suffer from allergies those chemical scents can be a big assault on your nose and send it running literally. This includes soaps, cleaners, air fresheners, laundry soap, and personal care products.
Studies have repeatedly shown that the synthetic fragrances and other toxic chemicals included in these products are causing a range of health problems.
• respiratory difficulties
• neurological problems
• asthma attacks
• migraine headaches
They’re also harmful for our pets, wildlife and contribute to environmental pollution.
A research article in The Truth About Cancer found chemicals in laundry soap and air fresheners were making people sick.
Carcinogens in Laundry Products & Air Fresheners
Professor Anne Steinemann, an internationally recognized scientist, brings more than 25 years of experience in helping people to create healthier living and working environments.
Through a series of investigative studies Steinemann and her colleagues discovered that synthetic fragrances were just the tip of the iceberg causing health problems for people.
What they found was alarming…
Of six products tested, almost 100 toxic or hazardous chemicals were found, some of them identified as toxic or hazardous. None of the ingredients were listed on the product label, and there were no warnings.
Is Your Dryer Vent Making You Sick?
In 2011, the same team of researchers performed a controlled study investigating the emissions from washing machines and dryers. The emissions were sampled from two residential dryer vents during the use of:
• no products
• detergent with fragrance
• detergent and dryer sheets, both with fragrance
They found more than 25 volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were emitted from dryer vents!
Toxic or Not?
Chemical Offenders in Cleaning Supplies
The toxic chemicals included in laundry detergents, air fresheners, and other cleaning products can affect not only our personal health but also the environment. These chemicals are emitted into the air and contribute to air pollution. They go down the drain and into bodies of water and create havoc in our waterways and streams. The animals that drink this water are adversely affected. The fish that swim in this water are also under stress.
Some of the most damaging chemicals found in cleaning supplies are:
• Synthetic fragrances
• Phosphates and EDTA
• Optical Whiteners
As a direct result of the presence of these chemicals in the average home, the EPA has reported that the air inside these homes is two to five times more polluted than the air immediately outside them!
What WE CAN DO?
Shop the Natural Way
It is up to us as health-conscious consumers to educate ourselves on the hazards of common household cleaners and products and to make better, wiser choices.
Heaven Scent offers a variety of natural care products that work without the chemical effect.
Think about making your own cleaning products with essential oils.