Cleanliness hasn’t always been an outstanding human priority. After all, we were called Cave men and women! We humans don’t have a great background for cleanliness, as we see it today
An Evolution of Clean
Signs of personal cleanliness date back to prehistoric times. Those living near water may have found cleaning properties of water. The first signs of soap was found in Egypt, 2800 BCE. Cylinders have been found with various animal fats, ash and water which were boiled to make a cleaning compound.
First century Romans spent a couple hours a day in spa baths. Enjoying varying temperatures, body raking or scraping, and an application of oils. Seventeenth century aristocrats believed cleanliness was a fresh shirt and strong fragrances. To submerge oneself in water was unheard-of! Later, in the early 1900’s, baithing made it’s way back to cleanliness and good health. I don’t believe I’m alone when I say thank you!
The average American household contains around 62 toxic chemicals. We are exposed to these chemicals almost daily. Toxic chemicals have been linked to asthma, cancers, reproductive issues and other health issues. Experts claim that exposure to chemicals in cleaning supplies is minimal, the problem is we are consistently exposed. The accumulation is the issue.
Toxins in cleaning supplies have been on the rise since the 1900’s, when being clean was good again. The issue we deal with today is being bombarded with advertisements with claims of a deeper clean, get the stain out, mask the smells with good odors, … All made possible by new and improved chemical compounds all designed to give us a sparkling household that smells of clean as soon as you walk in the front door!
8 Common Chemicals Found In House Hold Cleaning Supplies
Below is a list of chemical compounds found in everyday household cleaning supplies. All of these listed serve a specific purpose in your home with the added side effect of headaches, sore throats, asthma, cancer, and more.
- Chlorine in toilet bowl cleaners, laundry whiteners, mildew removers, scouring powders and household tap water
- Sodium Hydroxide in oven cleaners and drain openers
- Ammonia in glass cleaners and polishing agents
- Phthalates in fragrance products and some toilet paper
- Perchloroethylene in carpet and upholstery cleaners and dry cleaning solutions
- Triclosan in most dish washing detergents and antibacterial hand soaps
- Quarternary Ammonium Compounds in fabric softeners and in cleaners labeled antibacterial
- Butoxyethanol in window and kitchen multipurpose cleaners
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Have I got you overwhelmed yet? Just in case consider this, that fresh just cleaned smell also contains airborne toxins called Volatile Organic Compounds or VOC’s. VOC’s are gasses that are emitted into the air and come from many sources. These gasses can be toxic alone or can combine with other gasses. Some sources can produce more gasses while stored or transported. VOC’s can be found in many products including household products such as cleaning supplies, cosmetics, air fresheners, and many more!
Toxins Can’t Be Avoided
Toxins can’t be avoided, but they can be reduced!
Toxins are everywhere we go: when we go out for dinner, the restaurant uses chlorine water to wipe down tables, freshly cleaned public restrooms, walking past the cosmetics department in your local department store if you breathe and smell the cosmetics you’re inhaling VOC’s! We would have to live in a bubble to escape VOC’s, but then we would need to investigate what your little bubble is made from because it probable contains toxins also!
We do have other choices to decrease the amount of toxins we allow such as cleaning with warm soapy water or using a vinegar and water mix to clean windows. Always wear gloves and clean in well ventilated areas. Read the labels on cleaning supplies. Similar to reading food labels, look for the least amount of ingredients. Be careful with “all natural” listed on the label, read the ingredients again. The FDA isn’t as strict with the labeling of household cleaners as it is with our food so be careful.
There is one thing that I want to point out, many of you know this but too many don’t. We know that when we eat and drink we then digest and break down the food or drink and put it to work. If we drink clean water our body puts it to good use and if we drink poison our body puts that to use also, but with a different result. Here’s what you may or may not know, everything we breathe and everything we smell is processed in the body just like a glass of clean water, a steak or poisons. If there are toxins in whatever we eat, smell or put on our body, we will then get the toxins. Period.
Become Aware and Shop Smart
Some of the greatest resistance I’ve noticed when talking to people about switching to cleaner products is the cost. Many clean products claim natural and slap a big price tag on it, but that can be avoided. There are companies that make less toxic cleaners which are more cost-efficient, (1 of which I will be reviewing soon!), or make your own cleaners. If you shop around- read the label!
It would be expensive to gather all your current cleaning supplies and try to swap them out for less toxic versions. My suggestion would be to swap one or a couple at a time. When a current cleaner runs out replace it with a clean product. Even the smallest of moves will be beneficial to you and your family.
Check back with me soon. I have discovered, actually many years ago, a company with human health being a priority!
Thank you for taking the time to read my article and remember, this is just my opinion and I could be wrong!