HOW HEALTHY ARE YOUR CLEANING PRODUCTS?

Look on the supermarket shelves and you will see an array of so-called ‘eco-friendly’ cleaning products, both for personal, carpet and household use.  But just how healthy are these cleaning products?

The sad fact is that most household cleaners actually contain incredibly harmful ingredients, here are just two –

Phthalates

A lot of cleaning products contain this.  They’re used to help lubricate other substances, help lotions penetrate and soften the skin, they can also help fragrances last longer.  You can also find this nasty ingredient in plastics (where its used a softener) such as toys, shower curtains as well as other things made of vinyl or PVC.    So as well as being taken into the body via the lungs (air fresheners , deodorants, nail polish etc) they can be absorbed especially easily by baby (when they chew on plastic toys)

Ammonia

Because ammonia doesn’t leave ugly streaks (as it evaporates) its widely found in window cleaning sprays.  It’s a massive irritant – especially to older people and asthma sufferers.  Those who get a lot of ammonia exposure, such as domestic cleaners will often develop chronic bronchitis and asthma.


So can we trust manufacturers not use harmful additives?  NO!

Here is one example – Johnson & Johnson baby products.

These baby products actually contain carcinogenic ingredients (a  carcinogen is a substance that is capable of causing cancer)via dioxane, formaldehyde, and nitrosamine.

The main ingredient found in these products is 1,4-dioxane. The Environmental Protection Agency has now linked this ingredient to many different health problems, such as:

  • skin irritation
  • headaches
  • drowsiness
  • vertigo
  • liver damage

Another, also very dangerous ingredient is Quaternium-15. This ingredient is found in Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo and it is a very powerful carcinogen.  Now the bad thing about this is that these chemicals emit formaldehyde, which is a known carcinogen that can trigger reactions on your baby’s skin over time.

SO WHAT’S THE ANSWER TO AVOIDING ALL OF THESE NASTIES?

Most product ingredients can be found online nowadays, so the long sounding ingredient can be researched as it may not be that bad at all.  Also, why not try making some homemade cleaners out of ingredients such as white vinegar, lemons etc?

LEAVE IT TO A PRO

If you see fabric sofa cleaningfoams in the shop, ask yourself – ‘where does the dirt go?”

Well these sofa cleaning magical sprays simply spread the ingrained dirt about, usually brightening the fabric with the use of ‘optical brighteners’

If you have an expensive piece of furniture, get a pro in to clean it.  This way, the dirt is extracted away from the fabric.