Most people do not know this, but your household cleaners could be damaging your health. We all want a clean house. We try to buy the products that will give us a clean house. But these products stay in the air and on the surfaces of our homes. Most cleaning products use harmful chemicals, including volatile organic compounds. These VOC’s can contribute to chronic respiratory problems, allergic reactions and headaches.
Many of these products have the warning label “Keep Out Of Reach Of Children.” So we lock up the chemical cleaners, then use them on surfaces our children touch and even eat off of. The most common methods of exposure are through the skin and respiratory tract. Think about it, we clean our floors, our counters, the high chair, all with chemical cleaners. Our children then sit, walk, crawl and eat on these surfaces. Both my 3 year old and 1 year old put their fingers in their mouth. The cleaners that are on these surfaces are now on their skin and in their mouth.
These chemicals are not just effecting our children, they are effecting us as well. We breathe the same air, we sit on the same surfaces, we eat at the same table. We want to have a clean house, but we also want a safe house. Did you know your indoor air may be more polluted than the outside air? Some of this is caused by household chemical cleaners.
We can limit our exposure to these harsh chemicals by using eco friendly and green products. Better yet, we can make our own cleaning products. I try to use only green and eco friendly products inside my home. This means I do not have any air fresheners. They are filled with toxic chemicals that hang around. Instead I mix water with essential oils and spray that when I need a good scent. Better yet, I open some windows and let the fresh air take away my bad scents.
We can only do better if we know better. Here are some links to help you learn more.