Shop For-Cleaning-Products While Avoiding-Toxics
By Pierre Mouchette | Bits-n-Pieces
Sales of cleaning products have skyrocketed, and many feel the need to clean more often. Knowing what to look for when purchasing cleaning supplies can help to prevent unwanted and dangerous toxins from entering your home.
Avoid fragrances - One of the fastest ways to narrow down your product options is to eliminate any product that promotes a fragrance or perfume. That scent of fresh breeze or lemon might initially smell good, but the fragrance does not last. A concoction of various undisclosed and unregulated chemicals created that fragrance and many fragrances contain phthalates, which are linked to many health risks, including reproductive problems and cancer.
With bleach or to do without - Going scent-free should have narrowed your options substantially. Now, check the front of the remaining packaging. Any that includes ammonia or chlorine bleach ought to go, as these substances are irritating and corrosive to your body. While bleach is commonly known as a powerful disinfectant, there are safer alternatives that you can use in your home, such as sodium borate or hydrogen peroxide. While at it, check for any warnings on the label: flammable, use in a ventilated area, and more. If the product is hazardous, that is a red flag, and it should be avoided.
Check the back label - Go to the back of the remaining contenders and check out that ingredient list. Less is more here. So, opt for a shorter ingredient list with words you recognize and can pronounce. You may notice that many products do not have ingredient lists. While this does not necessarily mean they contain toxic ingredients, transparency is vital. Feel free to look up a list online or stick to products that are open about their ingredients.
More ingredients to avoid - Other ingredients to look out for include:
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