Cleaning Product Toxins Can Cause Many Health Problems
There are literally thousands of toxic chemicals in many household cleaning products on the market today. These cleaning product toxins cause all kinds of symptoms. Sometimes symptoms of poisoning are acute and can happen immediately. Other times effects can be subtle or attributed to other causes. Frequently these poisonings occur because of product combinations. You may suffer from migraine headaches, depression, nausea and even high blood pressure. With repeated exposure symptoms can worsen.
One of these cleansing product toxins is Sodium Hydroxide that can cause burns in tissues, irritation to the respiratory tract and liver and kidney damage. It can be found in products such as Cascade, Dawn Dish Detergent, Comet, Tide, Woolite, Easy Off Oven Cleaner and Tilex to name a few.
Another is Lye-Potassium Hydroxide which is harmful even if just inhaled. It can cause severe respiratory and digestive burns. This can be found in Murphy's Oil Soap, Lysol products, many oven cleaners and even pesticides.
Many of these chemicals can cause more extreme problems such as birth defects, disruption of our endocrine system, psychological problems, cancer. and even death.
Cleaning Product Toxins to Avoid
petroleum distillates and solvents
ammonia - especially when mixed with chlorine bleach - produces chloramine, a deadly respiratory irritant
Replace Cleaning Product Toxins with Non-Toxic "Green" Alternatives
You can use the good old plain household cleansers such as baking soda, white distilled vinegar, lemon juice and borax. Olive oil and hydrogen peroxide can also be used for some cleaning jobs. Many studies have found vinegar to be a very effective disinfectant. In one study, a 5% solution of vinegar killed 99% of bacteria, 82% of mold and 80% of viruses.
Vinegar is slightly acidic. Put in a spray bottle and use to remove grease, grime, soap film, mineral deposits, mildew and more. It is also a disinfectant and deodorizer.
Lemon juice, which is also acidic works well too. Put lemon or orange peel through your garbage disposal. It freshens the drain and the kitchen
Baking Soda is a great deodorizer and can be used as a scrub as can Borax.
Here are some ideas for making home made cleansers so you can avoid cleaning product toxins in many store bought cleansers.
Sink Cleanser: Scrub with baking soda and water
Anti-bacterial cleanser: Mix lavender essential oil with water for an anti-bacterial spray to clean kitchen and bathroom surfaces.
Window and glass cleaner: Spray a mixture of white distilled vinegar (1/4 cup vinegar to 1/2 gallon of water) and scrub off with newspaper. The newspaper will absorb the water and leaves no streaks.
Prevent odors in refrigerator: Place an open box of baking soda on a shelf. It will absorb the odors. You can also clean your fridge with it.
Clean and disinfect cutting boards: Lemon is a disinfectant. Just rub a slice of lemon along cutting board and then rinse.
Kill mold and mildew: Add a few drops of grapefruit seed extract to water in a spray bottle.
Another idea is white vinegar and water. You can also add tea tree oil to this mixture for an effective solution.
Carpet deodorizer: Put 2 cups of baking soda in a bowl with 25-30 drops of lavender essential oil. Mix well and break up any clumps. Put in a shaker type container and sprinkle onto carpet. Let stand for 30 minutes. Then vacuum.
Instead of using toxic air fresheners, you can put a few drops of your favorite essential oil in the inside your toilet paper roll. Each time some paper is used the spin releases scent into your bathroom. Click on icon above to check out Mountain Rose Herb's organic essential oils. I love the smell of lavender sprinkled around my apartment. Sometimes I put some peppermint oil in a pot of simmering water. It permeates the air with a fresh, crisp and clean smell.
Furniture polish: 3/4 cup olive oil mixed with 1/4 cup vinegar. Apply to furniture with soft cloth and polish.
Other mixtures are: three parts olive oil to one part vinegar or two parts olive oil with one part lemon juice.
Freshen upholstered furniture with vodka: Yes, the kind you buy in the liquor store. Put it in a spray bottle and mist your furniture. The alcohol will evaporate leaving a fresh smell.
Laundry brightener: Add 1/2 cup of white vinegar, baking soda or borax to your wash to brighten dingy clothes without harming them.
Silver polish: Apply toothpaste (yes, plain toothpaste), rinse with plain water and wipe with soft cloth.
Moth repellent: Put a handful of cedar chips and or lavender flowers in a small sheer piece of netting or old nylons or panty hose to make a sachet. Tie it closed with ribbon or wire and place in drawers or hang in your closet.
Drain cleaner: Sprinkle baking soda down the drain, add some apple cider vinegar. The mixture will bubble. Let it stand for 15 minutes, then run the hot water for approximately 3 minutes.
Toilet cleaner: Pour vinegar into bowl and let sit for
20-30 minutes. Then scrub with baking soda or borax, and flush.
KEEP BORAX AWAY FROM CHILDREN AND PETS AS IT IS POISONOUS IF SWALLOWED.
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