Dangerous Household Products You Should Stop Using Immediately
For years, we have been so accustomed to using certain household products simply because they have been around for generations! Therefore, they can’t be that bad for our health? Think again.
Cleaning ingredients vary in the type of health hazard which they pose. Some can cause acute, or immediate, hazards such as skin or respiratory irritation, watery eyes, or chemical burns, while others are associated with chronic, or long-term, effects such as cancer.
While there are many unknown dangers around our home, the ones we have no control over can be fixed by replacing nasty chemical ridden products with clean, natural alternatives.
Toxins found in aerosol sprays and air fresheners can accumulate in the body over the time and also trigger asthma and migraine. While phthalates are often absorbed by inhalation, they can also be absorbed by your largest organ — your skin — which has no safeguards against toxins. Phthalates are endocrine disruptors meaning once these chemicals are absorbed, they head straight for your organs and can disrupt hormones and reproductive health, especially in children and affects sperm count in men [Natural Resources Defense Council].
Try getting to the source of the problem rather than masking it! The healthier options would be to open more windows, incorporate more fresh flowers and plants into your home (natural air detoxifiers) or diffusing essential oils with water vapour to elevate your senses naturally.
Read My Article on 7 DIY Natural and Clean Air Fresheners For Your Home >
Oven & Drain Cleaner
A lot of oven cleaners contain corrosive alkalis which can have nasty effects on your gastrointestinal track and respiratory system if inhaled or ingested. What’s worse, is as soon as you spray these cleaners into your oven, there is every chance your food is basking up the chemicals with the aided help of heat!
When you have a blocked drain, rather than purchasing a drain cleaner (which can burn your eyes and skin) just use a combination of baking soda with Bragg’s apple cider vinegar and hot water to rinse after 15 minutes of bubbling. It works a treat!
As the biggest offenders on the list, and the most commonly used are household cleaners which contain numerous hazardous toxins. What is most concerning is it is not required for cleaners to list their ingredients on the bottle! This leaves so many of us in the dark and not knowing the truth about what we are inhaling! Even those claiming to be "green" or "natural,” it’s best to opt for options that are natural as possible!
Opt for Castile Soap which is made from 100% plant oils and can be used not only for household purposes, but personal use too as a hand wash, face wash, DIY shampoo and much more.
To make a DIY all-purpose, safe and effective cleaner, I suggest following Dr Axe’s recipe: using a glass spray bottle, fill it a quarter of the way up with white vinegar, fill it with water, then add just a squirt of liquid Castile soap, a few drops of tea tree essential oil and a few drops of orange or lemon essential oil.
Ensure you are using the purest essential oils for ideal results and benefits; I would suggest Young Living or dōTERRA since they have a high quality of cultivating, harvesting, and distilling their oils.
When we hear the word ‘antibacterial’, we automatically assume it is safe! However, many antibacterial products such as soaps, contain triclosan, which is an aggressive antibacterial which fuels the development of drug-resistant superbugs. Triclosan can not only be found in antibacterial soaps, but mouthwash, cosmetics and toothpaste leading to hormonal problems, allergies, cancer and cause environmental hazards.
If you would like to research whether the products in your household are safe, try using the EWG database or download the Think Dirty App on the iTunes store to discover what exactly is in your products. Safe cleaning brands I suggest are Arm & Hammer, Ecover ZERO, Attitude and Seventh Generation.