What are Toxic Cleaning Products?
Toxic products contain one or more ingredients that can cause health or environmental harm. Many chemicals in cleaning products are considered toxic because they’ve been shown to cause ill health effects such as, developmental problems, respiratory disease, vomiting, nervous system disorders, endocrine disruption, obesity, skin conditions & burns.
Some can even be fatal if absorbed into the skin, inhaled or ingested. Labels on poisonous products such as “warning”, “danger” or caution” are definitely a red flag.
So now you're probably wondering, what can I clean with, that is non toxic and wont impact my health?
We've compiled a list of the products to avoid and non toxic replacements for a safer, healthier home.
It’s the scent synonymous with sterility and even though bleach is very effective at killing germs, brightening your whites and wiping out surface mould (temporarily) it’s also highly poisonous.
It’s been exposed that when bleach fumes are inhaled, they rapidly irritate the mucous membranes of our throat, mouth & nose. Regular use can cause deterioration of your respiratory system, oesophagus and lungs.
Sadly, children and babies are the most sensitive to bleach toxicity due to their smaller size and lung capacity. Bleach is also one of the top poisoning toxins of children worldwide.
Bleach can become a deadly gas when mixed with; drain cleaners, vinegar, alcohol, ammonia, hydrogen peroxide and other household cleaning products.
Bleach is especially dangerous to children, is horrible for the environment, contributes to the generation of superbugs, and is completely avoidable!\
Replace With Cleanz Oxy Soak or Hydrogen Peroxide
Today's synthetic fragrances are some of the most toxic chemicals and top allergens on the planet.
These chemicals are so strong they infiltrate porous materials like, Gib board, furniture and window treatments which over time seriously impacts your home's air quality.
“Fragrance” listed on the label of any cleaning product, soap or laundry detergent is a synthetic fragrance recipe that may contain hundreds of very toxic proprietary chemicals.
These chemicals have been shown to act as carcinogens, trigger allergies, cause hormonal imbalances, weight gain and metabolic disorders, cause nervous system disorders, headaches and migraines.
Anything with synthetic “fragrance” (laundry products, cleaning products, personal care products, candles, air fresheners, soaps etc.) needs to go!
Replace With Fragrance Free Products
Laundry products such as bleach, detergents, stain removers, fabric softeners & dryer sheets contain a cocktail of chemicals harmful to humans, animals and the environment. The chemicals found in fabric softeners & dryer sheets are considered to be among the most toxic in the laundry category.
Some of the most common and harmful ingredients (apart from fragrance which we’ve covered above) are: benzyl acetate, benzyl alcohol, chloroform, camphor, biodegradable cationic softeners, alpha terpineol, pentane, linalool ,limonene and dichlorobenzene.
They can cause respiratory issues, irritate skin and eyes, cause endocrine/reproductive issues, and damage the nervous system.
It pays to read the labels because even some products labelled “natural”, “green” and “eco friendly” still have these chemicals present.
Replace With Cleanz Laundry Liquid, Oxy Soak & All-Purpose Spray
Ammonia is commonly found in manufactured cleaning products like window & floor cleaners.
Ammonia hydroxide, found in window cleaners for example, can cause severe skin burns and eye damage, irritation to mucous membranes, respiratory problems, and life-threatening pulmonary edema.
Replace With Cleanz Glass Cleaner
Antibacterial cleaners were thought to be the most effective in cleaning and disinfecting. However, new evidence shows that these harsh cleaners are hazardous to the environment, contribute to the rise in superbugs, and damage our immune system making us more vulnerable to contagious disease.
They also impact our microbiomes which directly affect our digestive health, respiratory system, immunity, hormones…and just about everything else in our bodies.
Replace With Cleanz All-Purpose followed by Distilled White Vinegar And/Or Hydrogen Peroxide
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If you grew up in a household anything like mine then you will have been programmed from a very young age to believe that things like bleach, antiseptic and other harsh-smelling disinfectant cleaners are the best way to clean your home.
The problem with this is that chemical disinfectants are designed to kill germs instead of remove them, like soap does, and when you kill germs, the few left behind learn to adapt to disinfectants, eventually becoming superbugs!
Do you want to hear something that is both fascinating and freaky? If you put a frog in a pot of tepid water and then turn the element on, the water heats up slowly, and so, quietly & over time, the frog ends up being cooked alive, because the change is so gradual she doesn't realise the danger….until its simply too late.(Be advised, no frogs were harmed in the writing of this piece).