What is the price of a clean home? You may believe it’s simply the time and energy spent making every area spotless. However, there may be a hidden cost as well like using certain household cleansers due to their health risks. That’s because these toxic cleaning products often contain harmful chemicals. Extended exposure to these chemicals can cause anything from eye irritation to cancer. For example, most bleach-based cleansers contain chlorine, which can irritate skin and mucous membranes. Some air freshener sprays are made with formaldehyde, which has been linked to brain damage as well as having carcinogenic effects.
Fortunately, there are substitutions to help you avoid the hazards that may be lurking in your home. Many green cleaning products are made with all-natural ingredients that don’t have the same risks to you or your family’s health. In many instances, you may be able to substitute simpler, safer cleansers made from items or substances you already have on hand. Using a baking soda paste to clean your oven means you won’t be exposed to the caustic lye found in most oven cleaners, for example. For more tips on avoiding the health risks associated with cleaning products, see the accompanying checklist.
Top 10 Cleaning Toxins & Natural Alternatives created by Spotless Cleaning Chicago.
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