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Chemicals, Cleaning Products, and Your Health

October 08, 2010

Did you know that indoor air can be more polluted than outside air?

Doctors have finally realized that common chemicals in cleaning products can adversely affect you and the air you breathe.  Household cleaning products are among the most deadly substances encountered daily.

Synthesized chemicals appeared after World War II.  These are found in carpet, oven, drain and floor cleaners, and in laundry detergents.  These items are mostly petrochemical, petroleum-based, and are quite toxic to your body when breathing and swallowing.  These cleaning products can cause damage to the heart, lungs, liver, brain and kidneys.  They can also cause dizziness and irritation to the skin and eyes. 

The EPA found that some homes have chemical levels that are 70 times higher than the outside air.  Most automatic dishwasher and laundry detergents contain bleach, and when these are mixed with water they form vapors that pollute the air in the house.

A study conducted for more than 15 years concluded that women who worked at home had a 54 percent higher death rate from cancer than women who worked away from home.  Toxic household cleaning products have been accused of causing an increase in cancer, ADD, Alzheimer’s, chronic fatigue syndrome, allergies, asthma, lupus, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, and other ailments. 

Not many human studies have been done on most of the chemicals in cleaning products.  It has been assumed by the industry that they are "safe until proven toxic,’" and that if a product is available on the store shelf, it is safe.  However, many people found through painful experiences that this is not always true.  Most toxic products are not required to list ingredients.

Changing your cleaning products to natural ones, such as vinegar, baking soda, borax, and hydrogen peroxide is ideal for people who wish to reduce their exposure to unhealthy and hazardous ingredients.  Many natural cleaning products on the market are cheaper and better than the toxic ones.

Maid Brigade House Cleaning Services cares about the health of you and your family.  For more information on healthy green living and green cleaning, please log on to greencleancertified.com or maidbrigade.com.

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