Homemade Cleaning Products
Homemade cleaning products are easy to make and less expense in most cases. But the best reason to make your own is that it reduces the toxic chemicals in your home. Most commercial cleaning products have nasty stuff in them that get absorped into the skin and can cause real harm.
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The cost of commercial, chemical-based products can be high in price, but worse, they may raise health concerns for the family. In the US, for example, 1 in 3 people suffer from allergies, asthma, sinusitis or bronchitis (per the US Center for Disease Control). Treatment for these conditions should include reducing synthetic chemicals in the home environment.
I found a website that has posted their "Hall of Shame" for cleaning products that are misleading in their advertising. It is worth investigation on your part if you use any of these cleaners currently.
8 of the Worst Toxic Offenders Hiding in our Cleaning Products
The best article I have read on this subject goes over the 8 worst toxins in today's commercial cleaning products. They not only discuss what they are, but the outline why they are a health risk and what the healthier choices would be. Read "What's Lurking in Your Cleaning Products."
Briefly, if you are familiar with your chemistry, these are the 8 they mention by name:
- Phthalates - found in dish soap, air fresheners and toilet paper. It is known as an endocrine disruptor.
- Perchloroethylene - is a neurotoxin used in some dry cleaning establishments, spot removers and carpet cleaners. Also a possible carcinogen.
- Triclosan - used in most liquid dish washing detergents and hand soaps labeled "antibacterial." This actually promotes the growth of a drug-resistant bacteria.
- Quarternary Ammonium Compound - most commonly found in fabric softener, both sheets and liquid. Same health risk as triclosan.
- 2-Butoxyethanol - in window, kitchen and multipurpose cleaners. This may cause sore throats when inhaled. At high levels, it can contribute to narcosis, pulmonary edema and sever liver and kidney damage.
- Ammonia - used to polish bathroom fixtures, sinks, jewelry and in some glass cleaners. it is a powerful irritant that affects breathing.
- Chlorine - as found in scouring powders, toilet bowl cleaners, mildew removersl laundry whiteners and some household tap water. It is a respiratory irritant at an acute level and a thyroid disruptor.
- Sodium Hydroxide - found in oven cleaners and drain openers. Otherwise known as lye. Very corrosive.
Scary list, I know.