The Importance of Using Natural Cleaning Products

| 5/21/2019 1:24:00 PM

Corporations have spent millions of dollars and many years of research to provide consumers with products that effectively create sterile environments. Although effective, are they truly to our benefit? Sure, window cleaners that remove grime and don’t leave streaks are helpful, but are they safe?

If you were left alone in a small room with no ventilation with window cleaner rich in ammonia, it would literally burn holes in your lungs over time. Research has found the chemicals present in popular cleaning products have the ability to cause headaches, disrupt our endocrine system and possess carcinogenic properties that can lead to cancer. It is becoming increasingly clear that using natural cleaning products is the only sure way to avoid these health issues occurring within your own home.

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Danger to Children and Pets

Large cleaning supply companies have also learned how to best market to consumers using certain colors and fonts in their labeling, designing appealing packaging and using variously shaped bottles. This can be dangerous in our homes when our children or pets find them to also be appealing and misuse them.

According to a study published by the journal “Pediatrics,” more than 17,000 children under the age of 6 were seriously ill after ingesting colorful laundry pods between 2012 and 2013. Ingesting things like laundry pods can result in infant or animal fatalities that could have been prevented by only using natural cleaning products. If you do use harsh chemicals in your cleaning products, be sure to store them away in a cabinet not easily accessed by children or curious animals.

In further consideration of children, when you use harsh chemicals to clean your home, they are emitted into the air your children breathe. They are known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and can cause respiratory issues to those who inhale them, including you. When you use aerosols and conventional cleaning products you are polluting the air within your home. Hopefully, as cleaning companies continue to evolve, VOCs will be eliminated, but for now, are something we all need to be aware of.

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