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Read Ingredients Before Cleaning…

April 11, 2012

When it comes to your health, the number one rule of thumb that environmental safety experts recommend, is read the ingredient list carefully on anything you’re going to be spraying in the air or wiping on touchable surfaces in your home.

When it comes to cancer-triggering toxins, air fresheners are among the biggest culprits.  Air fresheners contain either Isopar, which is deodorized kerosene, or paradichlorobenzene, both of which are carcinogenic and toxic to the lungs, liver, and kidneys.
Among cleansers, oxygen bleach cleansers are particularly dangerous.  Watch out for products containing chlorine bleach and ammonia. Both of these are not good to breathe. Avoid spraying chlorine bleach in the shower or bathroom where the steam makes you more likely to breathe it in.

There are many "green" cleaning products on the market.  Replace your old standbys with green products that are approved by "Green Seal."  Or, for a fraction of the cost, try making your own healthy green cleaning products at home.  Your lungs and cells will thank you!


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