Over the last 20-30 years, as more toxic products and chemicals have been introduced in greater amounts, the level of toxins stored in adipose tissues (fat cells) of our bodies has risen. Bio-accumulation studies have shown that some toxins store in our bodies for life. Greater and greater amounts are being stored at younger ages. Diseases that used to occur later in life are now appearing at younger ages. Diseases that used to be rare are more frequent.
What’s the Problem with Household Cleaners?
Household cleaners with harsh ingredients don’t only kill germs and get out tough stains. They can affect our family’s health in a number of ways.
- Eczema – Studies have found that irritants and allergens in household cleaners and detergents can cause skin irritation, particularly in a baby’s sensitive skin.
- Airway irritation – Powerful fumes from household cleaners can irritate airways, making allergy or asthma symptoms worse. Higher rates of asthma, has been linked to some cleaning chemicals in schools.
- Eye irritation – Household cleaner fumes can also irritate eyes, causing redness and watering. If splashed directly into the eyes, some cleaners can cause serious damage.
- Allergies – It has been hypothesized that a home that is “too clean” may increase the long-term risk of allergies in a child. It’s called the hygiene hypothesis.
- Poisoning – Every year, more than a million kids under age 5 swallow poisons like household cleaners, sometimes with devastating effects.
- Unknown health effects – Some studies have found a possible connection between phthalates and disrupted hormone levels. Phthalates are found in some fragrances.
- 1. Make your own. Ingredients often include, water, vinegar, baking soda, essential oils, and citrus. Some cool examples I have found include pure coconut oil soap at Sustain, Create and flow, citrus enzyme cleaner at One Good Thing by Jillee, and felted wool dryer balls at Crunchy Betty. What you will need: patience, time, and supplies. You can check them out at their respective sites.
- Purchase. Look for products without harsh chemicals (e.g. chlorine bleach, formaldehyde) and instead contain ingredients that are biodegradable and are naturally solvent.
We all want a clean home. We do not have to suffer with toxic products to do so. Making your own can be a great choice for some. However, if you don’t have the time or the desire to make your own, you can purchase an entire line of non-toxic cleaning products. Also see my Free E-Book “4 Important Tips to Remove Toxins from your Home and Keep your Family Safe”, which can be downloaded from this blog site.