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How Dangerous is Your House

Did you know the chemicals you are HOW DANGEROUS using to keep your home neat and tidy could actually be causing damage to your family's health? Here we take a look IS YOUR HOUSE? at common household cleaning products and uncover the toxins lurking inside. HOME SAFE HOME? THE POISONOUS FLAG 91% The Silent Spring Institute found concentrations of toxic of all human poison exposure reported occurs in a patient's chemicals in homes linked to cancer can be 200-500 own home, states the American Association of Poison Control. times higher than outside, when they selected 50 random households for the study. SUBSTANCES MOST FREQUENTLY INVOLVED IN POISON EXPOSURES: The same study also found women who work at home have a 55% higher risk of breast cancer than women who work outside of home. 2. 3. 80% Painkillers, Cosmetics Household cleaning of chemicals found in everyday-use products lack detailed toxic information. Less than 20% have and personal care products, such as soap, substances, such as perfume, or lotion. over the counter and actually been tested for acute effects, and less than 10% have been tested for chronic damages. prescribed, such as ibuprofen and dishwasher detergent, acetaminophen. bleach, and pest repellent. THE TOXINS AMONG US The Living Space Unwelcome guests may be occupying the room your family spends the most time in-thanks to your cleaning products. POSSIBLE TOXINS IN YOUR LIVING ROOM: Furniture Polish Window/ Glass Cleaner Dogs that were exposed to 15-90% propane concentration for 10 minutes had a more sensitive ventricular fibrillation of the heart. Furniture polish has propane, its presence in your home can build up over time and cause a slew of negative complications on your family's health. Most glass cleaners are made of ammonia, a strong irritant. While others may also contain butyl cellusolve, alchohol, naphtha, glycol ethers, and wax. Turns out, you may be leaving more than you bargained for on Toxins your family may be inhaling if you use furniture polish are nitrobenzene, phenol, propane, butane gas, aliphatic naptha, petroleum distillates, morpholine, turpentine, synthetic fragrance and even carcinogenic formaldehyde. Even a lemon scent won't be able to mask all of these chemicals floating in your home. your glass side table. A Consumer Report found plain water to be more effective than half of the glass cleaners on the market. The Kitchen Nightmare Your family may make time to eat together, but you may be catching more than just chit-chat during dinner. POSSIBLE TOXINS IN YOUR KITCHEN: 9 Oven Cleaner Multipurpose Cleaner Dishwasher Detergent Many conventional dishwashing detergents Conventional oven cleaners create toxic Butyl cellusolve, one of the many toxins found in a general cleaner can rapidly contain coal tar-based colors, artificial fumes that can burn eyes and skin. Lye and penetrate your skin. Besides irritating the skin and eyes, it also happily settles into your bloodstream and may wreak havoc on your entire central nervous system. The more you use, the more damage your body suffers. fragrance, and Quaternium-15, an eye and skin irritant, which releases carcinogenic ammonia are some of the most toxic. This cleaner is easy to spot, you may not be able to stop coughing when using. If that's not a sign of toxins present, we don't know what is. formaldehyde. Did You Know? The sponge you use to clean your kitchen surfaces has nearly 250,000 various bacteria per square inch. But don't purchase “anti-bacterial" or “kills odors" sponges, as they have added toxins such as triclosan. Instead, choose an environmentally friendly sponge and replace often. The Porcelain Throne This might be the one room in the house that sees the most action, and consequently harbors the most germs. Unfortunately, you might be using those heavy duty cleaners in vain. POSSIBLE TOXINS IN YOUR BATHROOM: Toilet Bowl Cleaner Mildew Remover Air Freshener Air fresheners work by using a Toilet bowl cleaner contains multiple harsh chemicals that can cause damage over time. A mildew cleaner can contain formaldehyde, a carcinogen and sensitizer, phenol, kerosene, pentachlorophenol, chlorine, and fungicides. You may get rid of the mildew, but you are nerve-deadening chemical, which interferes with our sense of smell by coating the nasal One of them is Hydrochloric acid, whose passage with an oily film that masks the odor. Can you count how many times you left the vapors cause instant coughing and breathing difficulties. leaving far worse chemicals behind. bathroom covered in air-freshener rain? Buyer beware: Toxic chemicals found in everyday household products can be absorbed through the skin while you are THE RINSE CYCLE using them to clean, and may lead to liver Laundry Detergent toxicity, nervous system disorders, and cancer. Most detergents contain bleaches, synthetic whiteners, and chemical fragrances. The residue of these toxins is often left on clothes and bed linens, and can be a source of skin irritation, respiratory problems, and other reactions. The Tool Box Let's face it, the garage is usually the storage room of the house, and toxic chemicals are everywhere inside its three walls. POSSIBLE TOXINS IN YOUR GARAGE: Weed Killer Did You Know? Coolant The most common active ingredient in bug spray is DEET, which is especially dangerous for small children. Seizures may occur in kids Car coolant actually tastes sweet, which means if spilled or left out, children or pets may drink a large amount-with fatal results. Researchers at the University of Caen, France found that ingredients in weed killer can actually kill human cells, when they tested a residue sample of weed killer. that are consistently exposed to DEET over a long period of time. MOST AT RISK Children often crawl around on the floor, and frequently put their fingers in their mouths and noses, after touching everything and anything in sight. This means any chemical residue in the home is mostly picked up by the youngest members of your family. THE WORLDLY DANGER 40 LBS These chemicals contribute to the depletion of the ozone layer, The average American reportedly uses 40 pounds of toxic cleaning products each year. Whether they are flushed down the toilet, poured down the sink, tossed in the trash, or sprayed into the air, most of these hazardous cleaning products make pollute groundwater, contaminate the soil, and harm plant and animal life. A U.S. Geological survey showed nearly 70% of the streams tested contained breakdown products of detergents, while 66% contained disinfectants. their way into the environment and continue to release toxins. A CLEAN HOUSE Having an impeccable home is typically a priority or at least the hope of every happy household. Although you may have your "go-to" products, there are tons of alternative cleaners on the market, making the choice to avoid harsh chemicals in your home an easy one. Moreover, your cabinets may already be filled with natural ingredients you can use for house cleaning-an affordable option for any health conscious family. THE HOME REMEDIES Hydrogen Olive Oil Peroxide Vinegar Baking Soda Castile Salt Soap cuts grease, is used as a an can polish removes mildew. abrasive cleaner. wooden surfaces. is used as a mild abrasive for tough dissolves into oil kills odor and picks up dirt. causing bacteria. stains, deodorizes. THE ALTERNATIVES For those of us not ready to play mixologist, there are reasonable options readily available. Shop for cleaners labeled organic, natural or toxic-or chemical-free. 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How Dangerous is Your House

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Did you know the chemicals you are using to keep your home neat and tidy could actually be causing damage to your family's health? Here we take a look at common household cleaning products and uncover...




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