Interesting Facts About Common Household Products

Did you know… 

*** The Environmental Protection Agency states that in just 26 seconds after any exposure to chemicals, they can be found in every organ of the body”.

CorrDngrDishwasher detergents are the #1 cause of poisonings in children (Poison Control Center stats). Most products contain a highly concentrated, dry form of chlorine that is so corrosive that just a fingerful can eat through a child’s esophagus.

Fabric softeners - They leave that lovely, lasting smell on your clothes days after washing. Those fragrance capsules in your clothes are created using formaldehyde, which causes skin and respiratory irritations, and is a known carcinogen.

Shampoo & body wash - many brands use formaldehyde releasing preservatives like quaternium 15, which can cause skin and respiratory issues over time.

Perfume - fragrances are added to just about every type of personal care product, laundry and cleaning product. Even “unscented” or “fragrance-free” products may contain fragrances along with a masking agent so you don’t smell it. Fragrances consist of thousands of chemical combinations and it is an area that is mostly untested for toxicity and unregulated. Many fragrances are irritants and can trigger allergies, headaches and asthma symptoms, which is why many public facilities no longer allow people to wear heavy perfume or cologne.

bleachBleach – commonly used for laundry and cleaning and should never be used straight, always diluted. It is a strong corrosive that irritates the skin, eyes and respiratory tract. If mixed with other cleaners or ammonia as it creates DEADLY fumes.

Indoor air quality is affected by the products we have in our homes, even if they are just sitting on a shelf or in a cupboard. For example, think about going to the grocery store & walking down what I like to call the “chemical aisle”, the cleaning and laundry aisle. Despite the fact that all those bottles are closed you still can’t help but hold your breath because of the smell – caused by the chemicals leaching out of the bottles. This happens at home too, just to a much lesser extent.

The incidence of asthma, allergies, eczema and cancer has been rapidly climbing over the past several decades. Let’s try to reduce it by making an educated decision about the products we bring into our homes.

Yours in healthy choices,

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