How Harmful Are Household Cleaners

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					How Harmful Are Household Cleaners?
With the use of household cleaning products in homes, schools, and office
buildings around the world, these cleaning products are finally being
exposed for their risks to our health. Many people are still purchasing
these products which are expensive and pose huge health risks to their
families. Household cleaning products are an area where we can exercise
some choice over the degree of toxicity we expose ourselves and our
Many of the disinfectant ingredients found in most household cleaning
products are highly toxic. Some chemicals contained in cleaning products
are found in those used in industrial settings, with some actually
classified as hazardous waste. These household cleaners may be
responsible for poisoning our children and polluting our air. With more
than 32 million pounds of toxic household cleaning products that are
poured down the drain each day, damage to our precious ground water
systems are put in danger. This threatens the health of our future
generations. There are many chemicals found in ordinary cleaning products
that are harmful to your health and which may also cause cancer.
There are many chemicals in household cleaners that are toxic. Chemicals
in cleaning products are among the most toxic compounds found in the
home. Some of the chemicals found in these cleaners include, phosphates,
sodium hydroxide, sodium hypochlorite (bleach), phosphoric acid, toluene,
tetrachloroethylene, and xylene. Our homes have been made into small
chemical factories by the use of detergents, degreasers, stain removers
and glass cleaners. Everyday house cleaners may be responsible for
allergies, asthma, headaches, chest pains, dizziness, eye and skin
irritations, birth defects, fatigue, depression and cancer. Some of these
chemicals can be absorbed through the skin and can be extremely caustic
and harmful if ingested.
There are many all natural, non-toxic, non-polluting household cleaning
product alternatives now available. These cleaning products are non-toxic
and earth friendly. Green cleaning products are non-toxic and provide for
a safer home environment, a healthy family, an eco-safe and cleaner
planet. Green cleaners can cost more than conventional household
cleaners, but they are often more concentrated, giving you more cleaner
for your money.
Public demand for green products and recognition of the hazards of many
chemical ingredients in cleaners are leading more companies to
manufacture less toxic cleaning products. To live green and healthy,
switching to non-toxic cleaners and planet friendly products is a quick
and easy way to start. With these products available to us there is no
need to expose ourselves, our children and our planet to harmful cleaning
chemicals. Green products keep the poisons of conventional household
cleaners out of your home and your families lives.
About the Author: Mike Merisko has a health and nutrition website at and shares a website with his wife Linda at