How can cleaning supplies, household products affect health?
Many cleaning supplies or household products can irritate the eyes or throat, or cause headaches and other health problems. Some products release dangerous chemicals, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs are chemicals that vaporize at room temperature. Even natural fragrances such as citrus can react to produce dangerous pollutants indoors.
VOCs and other chemicals released when using cleaning supplies contribute to chronic respiratory problems such as allergic reactions and headaches. Studies also link exposure to chemicals from cleaning supplies to occupational asthma and other respiratory illnesses.
Cleaning supplies and household products containing VOCs and other toxic substances can include, but are not limited to:
- Aerosol spray products, including health, beauty and cleaning products;
- Air fresheners;
- Chlorine bleach*;
- Detergent and dishwashing liquid;
- Dry cleaning chemicals;
- Rug and upholstery cleaners;
- Furniture and floor polish; and
- Oven cleaners.
*Never mix bleach or any bleach-containing product with any cleaner containing ammonia. The gasses created from this combination can lead to chronic breathing problems and even death.
Here are Alternatives to Conventional Cleaning Products:
For Bed Sheets: This product was tested in The Good Housekeeping Institute’s Cleaning Lab and called “Genius.”
- Washing machine stays balanced and the laundry comes out cleaner.
- Bed sheets dry up to 75% faster with fewer wrinkles.
- Drastically reduces wet items getting trapped in sheets.
- Reduces wear-and-tear on appliances.
- Works on any size flat or fitted sheet.
- Safe for appliances and sheets when following fabric care instructions and product instructions.
- Non-toxic. No latex, PVC, BPA, or phthalates.
- Made in the USA from USA-sourced materials.
Dish Soap: This dish soap is a plant derived formula that works on grease with no streaks, is an eco friendly cleaning product designed for multi-purpose cleaning. Add water to activate cleaning agents.
Plant Pod: Ingredients: sodium bicarbonate, corn starch, citric acid, white distilled vinegar, H202 hydrogen peroxide (biodegradable bleach), natural coloring, natural plant oil (eucalyptus, lemon, lavender)
Vegan, made with soybean oil ink and sugarcane adhesive.
Natural ingredients and compostable packaging, toxic chemicals and plastic removed.
Minimized carbon emissions, filler ingredients removed to decrease weight.
Pure essential oils. No synthetic fragrances. Super Deluxe Dish Soap.
Green All Purpose Spray: is a plant derived formula. Works had on any surface. Great for countertops, appliances, and tile. Pure essential oil. No synthetic fragrances.
Laundry Detergent: is a highly concentrated formula, made with only four ingredients that dissolve quickly in cold or hot water. The WOW stick will help with stains – it’s included in the bundle too – it’s made with natural ingredients and free from dyes and synthetic fragrances. To brighten your fabrics: use Oxygen Brightener, a safe, chlorine-free alternative to bleach that penetrates stains and keeps your colors bright and your whites white.
These are only a handful of the numerous eco-friendly products on the market today. You can also use simple household products like vinegar, baking soda, salt and a handful of natural substances for cleaning. When in doubt, make the healthy choice for you, your children, your pets, and the environment. The environment is also sensitive to toxic chemicals, and the more we protect it from carbon, chemicals and other pollutants, the better chance we have to reverse the damaging effects of climate change.