The Dangerous Cleaning Products Hiding in Your Kitchen
The Dangerous Cleaning Products Hiding in Your Kitchen
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The Dangerous Cleaning Products Hiding in Your Kitchen

Cleaning is unavoidable especially when you have little kids running around the house all day. It's perfectly normal to skip your chores every now and then but when you do have to clean, you tend use a lot of the same cleaning products right? However, overusing cleaning products can be damaging to your health and your furniture. Take a look at some examples to learn about the health hazards and natural replacement solutions.

Glass cleaner

We all want streak-free clear windows so we tend to spray a lot of solution on the glass however that comes with a cost. This product contains several chemicals that are harmful to our health. The ingredients can include Ammonia, Butyl Cellosolve, and Phtalates. The chemicals can cause health problems such as skin irritation, respiratory problems, fertility issues, and asthma.

Natural replacement: Instead you can make your own natural glass cleaner by mixing water, dish soap, vinegar, and lemon oil in a spray bottle.

Dishwasher detergent

Overloading your dishwasher with soap is more common than you think. You might have extremely clean and shiny dishes but you are also harming your body. The key ingredients in the detergent include chlorine bleach, phosphates, fragrance, and other harmful chemicals which can cause cancer-related problems. Also, the soap tends to leave white residues on your dishes which you may consume when you are serving food off it.

Natural replacement: Instead try making your own using castile soap, washing soda, glycerin, and essential oils.

Bleach

The worst culprit of them all - bleach. This is the most commonly used chemical in everyone's home. It's used to disinfect, whiten, and clean just about everything. It can be extremely irritating for your eyes, skin, and respiratory tract. When you inhale this, studies have shown that it aids with deteriorating your lungs and oesophagus lining.

Natural replacement: A natural bleach alternative is to use water, peroxide, lemon juice, and lemon oil.

Laundry detergent

There are numerous toxic chemicals found in laundry detergent. Some include fragrance, quatenium-15 (known to release formaldehyde), phosphates, and brighteners.

Natural replacement: A natural alternative is to mix washing soda, borax, and unscented bar soap.

Air freshener

Most store-bought air fresheners contain formaldehyde, petrochemicals, and pollutants. This can cause several respiratory health problems depending on the exposure rate.

Natural replacement: Instead try making your own by mixing essential oils and water using a spray bottle.

By Stacey Williams

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