Spring is in the air, and so is a cloud of chemicals in most American homes after a day of cleaning. Those modern miracle products that let you spray on suds and wipe off scum, clean the toilet with every flush, and kill airborne germs with a fog of lemon-scented disinfectant might get the dirt out of sight, but what's also out of sight is the chemical residue left throughout your "clean" home.
This month, we’re showing you alternatives to toxic cleaning products.
2 Big Problems with Conventional Cleaning Products
1) They’re bad for your health. Most cleaners on the market contain dangerous solvents, acids and other hazardous chemicals that have been proven to cause irritation to noses, eyes, and lungs. Some of these chemicals are proven to cause indoor air pollution, and some are suspected carcinogens-especially with repeated and prolonged use.
2) They’re bad for the environment. Outside, your detergents and cleaners flushed down the drains contribute to water pollution.
12 Ingredients to Always Avoid
While there are thousands upon thousands of chemicals out there that are questionable, there are several you should always avoid.
Fortunately, there is a plethora of effective, eco-friendly and non-toxic products out there, and many cleaning concoctions you can make on your own that will save you money and keep your house clean and free of toxins.
Next week, we’ll share our favorite cleaning recipes.
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