Its time to protect that place you call home.
"Ordinary household products such as cleansers, cosmetics, and paints are now the Los Angeles region's second-leading source of air pollution, after auto tailpipe emissions, air quality officials say." --Loss Angeles Times, March 9, 2003.
When I read statements like the one above it makes me really sad to think of people assuming that they are using products to "clean" their homes but in reality they are only "contaminating" their homes with harmful chemicals that are absorbed through their skin and lungs. This is a topic I feel really passionate about, mostly because its really really easy to change the use of household chemicals.
If you are still cleaning your house with traditional cleaning chemicals, its time for you to get rid of them TODAY. I'm not normally a bossy person... OK so I'm the oldest sibling in my family so maybe a little bossy.
Here's the scoop on cleaning with chemicals (I'll be brief); they are very very harmful. How's that for brief? Well OK maybe a few more thoughts on that.
"Our homes derive much of their comfort and the majority of their conveniences from hundreds, if not thousands of household products... Nowhere is this more apparent than the cleaning cupboard, where we rely on a vast collection of liquids, sprays, waxes and powders to make our living spaces sparkle." While we use these products and love their convenience, most of them have been invented in the past few years, and have had little or NO (let me say that again, NO) safety testing, long-term or short. "It remains to be seen if a lifetime spent among them is safe, let alone good for us. These unknowns have turned modern homes into test tubes and the people living inside them into guinea pigs in a vast and uncontrolled research project." (Naturally Clean)
I'm not saying that there has been no research done on the chemicals we can buy at Target or any other box-mart to clean our homes with, but what has been done is very very minimal... and does not give the average household much information.
As of 1995 of the 80,000 chemical compounds now in use, only 400 (or 0.5 percent) had been tested for carcinogens. Out of those 400 that WERE tested it was estimated that between 5-10 percent of the total (80,000) number of chemicals in use were carcinogenic. That puts us around 4,000 or 8,000 chemicals in use that are likely to trigger cancer. And they are on the market today...still...yes...
So in my "getting started" section I want to just make you aware of the fact that traditional cleaning products have the capacity to do much more harm than to the germs in your toilet.
Over the next few months I am going to post a series about household chemicals that we all use, from baby shampoo and sunblock to cleaners. I am also going to do posts about natural cleaners, and other products that you can buy or make. Ways to replace your chemicals with natural products and not break the bank. All to come...