Household cleaners: helpful or harmful?
Let's talk cleanliness! We all know that keeping our homes free of germs can help keep us healthy (or so we're told), especially as a parent- that's the goal.
And while there's no denying it, germs are not great- especially in the midst of "flu seasons". But how often do we think about the chemicals in those cleaning products that might ALSO be effecting our health? According to the Environmental Working Group, their investigation of more than 2,000 cleaning supplies on the American market has found that many contain substances linked to serious health problems.
To name one: Quaternary ammonium compounds, or “quats,” are often found in fabric softeners and dryer sheets, and most household cleaners labeled "antibacterial". Quats are known for being an irritant to the respiratory system, and are a major cause of Asthma. This is just ONE example of a common ingredient found in daily cleaners that is slowly poisoning our bodies.
Other ingredients include Borax or Boric acid, which are used in most laundry and dishwashing detergents, while the European Union recognizes these ingredients specifically toxic to the human reproductive system. Allergens, irritants, and carcinogens are found in many of our cleaning products here in the United States.
What can be done?
Firstly, educate yourself. There are many great resources out there that have documented several solid studies proving the effects of these chemicals. The Environmental Working Group is one of these reliable resources. Another resource we like to use in our household is the Think Dirty App. Common household brands and products can be searched in their database, and will be rated in safety with each ingredient taken into consideration. Every rating is thoroughly backed with sources cited.
Secondly, there are several amazing companies out there that offer alternative cleaners without any of these toxic chemicals. Both the Think Dirty App and the Environmental Working Group provide lists with some of these better alternative brands listed.
We do it for our family. For our babies. For our health. We make the choice every day, every time we go to the store, to be the gatekeepers to our household and not allow in chemicals that can be having negative effects to our health. I'll be honest, purging your household of common cleaners can get expensive. But it doesn't need to be and it definitely doesn't need to happen all at once. Maybe tomorrow you choose to ditch the bleach and wipe down the counters with a vinegar based cleaner. But if you would make the effort to take a vitamin, something you know is good for you, why not make the effort to cut out some of these household toxins?
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