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Best To Know : Avoid Buying Toxic Cleaning Products

Best To Know : Avoid Buying Toxic Cleaning Products

In the midst of this pandemic, sales of cleaning products have increased dramatically and many feel the need to clean more often. Knowing what to look for when buying cleaning products can help prevent unwanted and dangerous toxins from entering your home. Here we surmise exactly what to look for in front of shelves upon shelves of cleaning products, providing you with the best choice before you buy them.

  1. Fragrance – Avoid Buying Products With This

                One of the quickest ways to narrow down your product options is to immediately remove any product that promotes a fragrance or scent. This “fresh breeze” or lemon scent may initially smell nice, but this scent does not last instead it was the mixture of various undetected and        unregulated chemicals that created this fragrance. Many fragrances too contain phthalates that are linked to many health diseases such as reproductive problems and cancer.

  • To Buy With Or Without Bleach

                The absence of perfume should have significantly reduced your options – now check the front of the remaining packaging. Those which includes ammonia or chlorine bleach should be eliminated as these substances are irritating and corrosive to your body. Although bleach is commonly known as a powerful disinfectant, there are safer alternatives you can use around the house, such as sodium borate or hydrogen peroxide. While you are at it, check too for the warnings on the label – “flammable”, “use in a ventilated area”, etc. as if the product is dangerous, it is a red flag and should be avoided.

  • Check And Read The Back Labels

                Go to the back label of the remaining chosen products and check the ingredients list. The key here is the lesser the ingredients, the better. Choose the one with a shorter list of ingredients   with words you recognize and, or can pronounce. There are in fact many products that don’t have ingredient lists, while this doesn’t necessarily mean they contain toxic ingredients, the key           here is transparency though. Feel free to search for an online listing or stick to products that are             clear about their ingredients.

  • Ingredients That Should Be Avoided

                We’ve already mentioned that cleaning products that contain fragrances or perfume and bleach or ammonia should be avoided, but there are other ingredients to watch out for as well.

  • Quaternary ammonium “kvat” – lung irritants that contribute to asthma and other respiratory problems. It also stays on surfaces for a long time after they are cleaned.
  • Parabens – Known endocrine disruptors can contribute to ailments such as cancer
  • Triclosan – Triclosan and other antibacterial chemicals are registered in the EPA as pesticides. Triclosan is a known endocrine disruptor and can also affect the immune system.
  • Formaldehyde – Causes eye, nose and throat irritation; Studies suggest formaldehyde exposure is associated with certain types of cancer. It can be found in products or become a byproduct of chemical reactions in the air.

The Bottom Line when choosing the cleaning products to purchase is to do your research. There are many cleaning products available, but following these steps will drastically reduce your options and help keep your home non-toxic. It is important to protect your home from bacteria and viruses, but make sure you do it by not introducing other health risks into your home.

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