So far in this series on detoxification and cleansing we have discussed the truth about detoxification, detoxification supportive foods, and avoiding personal care product chemicals. Continuing with the chemical avoidance theme, today we will visit some of the chemicals in home cleaning products that can negatively impact our health and stress our detoxification systems.
The Hazards of Home Cleaning Products
We use cleaning products every day to clean our houses and although we know these products contain harmful chemicals, we don’t really take the precautions to avoid exposure to them. Even for those of us who are meticulous in taking the necessary precautions, studies show that many volatile organic chemicals escape into the air in our homes and can have negative impacts on our health. In fact, tests have shown some cleaning products to emit up to 8 chemicals classified as toxic or hazardous under United States Law!!! Aside from exposure through the air, some of these chemicals can enter our body via the skin and mouth from residue on dishes, counters, and other surfaces.
So, since it’s darn near impossible to avoid contact with harmful chemicals when using conventional cleaning products, here is a list of ingredients to avoid. Also, if there are no ingredients on the product, I suggest it’s best to avoid it.
Cleaning Product Chemicals to Avoid
- 2-Butoxyethanol (2-BE, butyl cellosolve): A skin and eye irritant associated with blood and reproductive disorders.
- Ammonia: A skin, eye, and respiratory irritant also associated with kidney and liver damage.
- Coal tar dyes: Can be contaminated with heavy metals that cause cancer and endocrine disruption.
- MEA (monoethanalomine), DEA (diethanolamine), TEA (triethanolamine): Can react to form carcinogens and is known to induce workplace asthma.
- Fragrance chemicals: Can trigger allergies and asthma as well as being a possible carcinogens and endocrine disruptors.
- Nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs): Degrades into a chemical that mimics estrogen, disrupting endocrine function and acting as a possible carcinogen.
- Quaternary Ammonium Compounds (Quats): Can trigger allergic responses, known to cause workplace asthma, and may also negatively impact on our genes and reproduction.
- Silica powder: Rated as a known human carcinogen.
- Sodium dichloroisocyanurate dehydrate: A severe skin, eye and respiratory irritant which can also cause kidney damage in high doses.
- Sodium hydroxide (also known as lye and caustic soda): Highly corrosive with long term exposure causing ulceration of nasal passages and chronic skin irritation.
- Triclosan: A skin and eye irritant and possible endocrine disruptor.
- Trisodium nitrilotriacetate: Rated as a possible human carcinogen
As with most things, the best way to avoid nasty cleaning product chemicals is to make your own. A little baking soda, vinegar, and lemon juice can go a long way! Not only will making your own cleaning products be better for your health, I suspect it will also be better for your bank accounts :-). Check out all these recipes by WellnessMamahttps.
If making your own cleaning products doesn’t suit your fancy, choose organic, natural, and plant based products with the fewest ingredients possible. But beware, some organic, natural and plant based chemicals can also be bad for you.
**Additionally, for those of us who also care about our Earth’s health, many of these toxic chemicals can have negative impacts on our environment, mainly the water and fish populations**
The Barefoot Golfer