Hidden Toxins: What’s Lurking in Your Cleaning Products?Jul 01, 2021 02:29PM ● By Tina Turner
Most consumers would be surprised to learn that federal regulations for household cleaning products are basically non-existent. Neither the ingredients nor products themselves have any safety standard requirements in the United States. Some products state “hazardous to humans and animals” on their labels, which is considered a disclaimer for a wide range of issues from minor irritations to more serious conditions including chronic illnesses.
Ingredients to AvoidYears of overexposure to the harmful and toxic ingredients found in the most commonly used products can lead to medically life changing health crises.
Here is a list of the most common harmful ingredients:
2-Butoxyethanol: Found in glass and multipurpose cleaners. Not required by the EPA to be listed on the product. Can cause sore throat, narcosis, liver damage, and kidney damage.
Ammonia: Found in polishing products and glass cleaners. Can cause nausea, shortness of breath, asthma, and chronic bronchitis. Creates a poisonous gas if mixed with bleach.
Chlorine: Found in scouring powders, toilet cleaners, and mildew removers. Can be a respiratory irritant at an acute level. Can also create chronic, long-term effects.
Natural AlternativesEliminating these known harmful products from homes and work environments is an excellent first step; the next step is replacing them with natural choices. Often consumers who make the switch find that chemical-free options work as well, if not better than their counterparts. Once they are able to see lasting results with natural options, the ongoing process of saturating personal environments with harmful toxins is quickly and permanently eliminated.
Some botanicals that can be used to replace toxic cleaning products include:
Baking Soda: Multiple usages to deodorize and as a scrubbing agent. Can be used on everything from kitchen sinks, bathtubs, stove tops and even scuff marks on walls.
Vinegar: Excellent all-purpose cleaner that can assist with removing mold and disinfect surfaces and air as it deodorizes.
Hydrogen Peroxide: A bleach alternative; will eliminate mold, mildew, and stains. Use for any job that requires bleach and see the clean result without harsh chemicals.
Christina Turner (aka Tina Turner) has 35 years of professional home cleaning experience. She created Christina's Clean Creations a chemical- and toxin-free, plant-based cleaning product line, due to her own health issues from years of using harsh and harmful chemicals. For more information, visit ChristinasCleanCreations.com or call 772-634-1417.