We are becoming ever-more aware that everything we take into our bodies can help or hurt us. From the foods we eat to the things that touch our skin, it all affects us.
What we breathe in also has an effect. Most people are aware that breathing in cigarette smoke, chlorine or gas fumes can do harm. Yet, many don’t mind spraying deodorizers in their homes, on clothing and on carpets. Most don’t think twice when using cleaning products. The wonderful clean scents make us think of fresh air. It doesn’t make us think it could be harmful. Think again!
Cleaners and deodorizers we routinely use in our homes are far from harmless.
Toxic effects from conventional cleaners and deodorizers:
- Respiratory Problems
- Chemical burns
- Skin irritations
- Increased risk of cancer
- Increased risk of birth defects
- Mixing cleaners can cause immediate illness or death.
Some of you may think that you are safe because you buy ecologically friendly, cleaner, safer products. Think again!
The rules and safety regulations in the US when it comes to household cleaners are lenient to non-existent. The Environmental Working Group has recently scored household cleaners, including those that label themselves as greener solutions, and the great majority scored with D or worse. I invite you to check out EWG.org to see how your household cleaners and deodorizers measure up.
It might feel frustrating to constantly hear bad news. But don’t despair. Chemicals were not always a problem, were they?
How did great-grandma clean before we had store shelves filled with cleaners and deodorizers of all sorts?
A century ago people used natural products. Things like vinegar and baking soda worked great for our great-grandparents and they still work great today.
Empower yourself by staying informed. Save money, your health, and the environment by spending a few moments to create your own products. It is quite simple.
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