Safer household cleaning products
More than 85,000 synthetic chemicals are in commercial use today in common household cleaning products. Through prolonged explosure, they are known to cause cancer and damage to the brain and the nervous and reproductive systems.
Unfortunately, the damage from chemical solvents doesn't end at homethey often get poured down drains and end up in the water system. Despite advances in water treatment facilities, traces of chemicals from our household cleaners are still found in fish, plants and other wildlife.
Cleaners, for instance, may contain phenols (airborne irritants that may have long-term detrimental effects on humans). Disinfectants, room deoderizers, and pest sprays often contain known carcinogen Naphthol (or Naphthalene).
The recently released Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Second National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals: Pest repellants and disinfectants found that 47 percent of Americans age 6-59 have a moderate to significant trace of Naphthol in their body.
But there's little need to use (and dispose of) an arsenal of cleaning products when safer alternativesnatural cleanerswork just as well, and can be purchased at local stores (examples of brands to look for include Ecover, Seventh Generation, and Dr. Bronner's).
Natural cleaners are so simple and effective, they can even be made easily at home using ordinary household products. Here are some useful recipes:
Five basic ingredients for healthy home cleaning: