The Everyday Household Cleaners That Threaten Your Life
It’s true that a clean home is essential for preventing health issues.
And using household cleaners can eliminate harmful microbes such as salmonella and black mold.
But here’s the thing:
Many conventional household products aren’t only toxic to the dangerous bacteria that lurk on countertops.
They are also toxic to humans.
And chances are you have chemicals under your kitchen sink right now that are toxic to your health.
Some of which may even be killing you — literally.
In fact, there are three categories of toxic chemicals you should avoid at all costs:
- Neurotoxins, which affect brain health, causing headaches and memory disorders.
- Carcinogens, which cause or promote the growth of deadly cancer cells.
- Endocrine disruptors, which cause infertility, miscarriage, ADHD, and cancer.
Conventional household cleaners are packed full of chemicals and additives that aren’t natural.
If they can’t be found in nature, then our bodies probably aren’t equipped to come in contact with them.
Take bleach and ammonia, for instance.
Separately, these household cleaners create fumes that are toxic to inhale, causing damage to your lungs (contributing to asthma and lung disease), eyes, throat, and nose.
And combined, they turn into a highly deadly gas.
Yet these are chemicals many Americans use in their homes every day.
And that’s only the beginning.
In 2012, the EWG assessed over 2,000 household cleaners and found that 53% of them contain chemicals that harm the lungs, and 22% can cause asthma in otherwise healthy people.
And guess what? The U.S. doesn’t require ANY of these manufactures to disclose the ingredients on the product labels whatsoever.1
So you have no idea which toxins they have by reading the label.
However, as a rule of thumb, here are some toxic household cleaners that you should avoid...
Air fresheners: Even unscented air fresheners can activate allergies and asthma. Most store-bought air fresheners should be avoided.
Antibacterial cleaners: The chemicals used to kill off bacteria are also able to encourage the growth of drug-resistant superbugs.
Synthetic fragrances: In 2008, a research team from the University of Washington analyzed the top brands of household fragrance products — dryer sheets, detergents, soaps, cleaners, hand sanitizers, and air fresheners.2
They found that the majority of the products released dangerous carcinogens, including chemicals that are considered hazardous or toxic under federal law and have no safe exposure levels.
Corrosive cleaners: Toilet bowl cleaners, oven cleaners, and drain cleaners are considered corrosive cleaners. These may be the most harmful cleaning products of all. They can cause severe damage to the skin, eyes, esophagus, and throat.
Sudsy soaps: Products that create suds contain ingredients including diethanolamine (DEA), sodium laureth sulfate, triethanolamine (TEA), and 1,4-dioxane. These are recognized as carcinogens and are linked to organ toxicity.
Moreover, these chemicals are believed to pollute our environment and fresh water supplies.
The question is, what can you do to prevent exposure to all of these toxic chemicals?
Well, the answer is simple: Create your own natural household cleaners.
Not only will your body be healthier, but your wallet will also thank you, too. Many DIY household cleaners can cost you less than a dollar to make.
While there are “natural” alternatives for conventional cleaners available in stores, many still contain chemicals you don’t want in your home.
Creating your own cleaners will ensure you know exactly what is in them, so you don’t have to worry about harming yourself and your family.
Stay tuned for a later piece, where we will give you some recipes you can use to make your own household cleaners.
To your health,
President, Longevity Insider HQ