We assume they are safe. But in fact, many popular household cleaners are dangerously toxic. Learn about how the scariest substances hiding under your kitchen sink is causing respiratory problems to your beloved ones!
Here's a list of common hazardous chemicals present in most of your household items!
Found in: Floor cleaner, Polishing agents for bathroom fixtures, glass cleaner.
Health Risks: “Ammonia is a powerful irritant,” says Donna Kasuska, a chemical engineer and president of ChemConscious, Inc., a risk-management consulting company. “It’s going to affect you right away. The people who will be really affected are those who have asthma, and elderly people with lung issues and breathing problems. It’s almost always inhaled. People who get a lot of ammonia exposure, like housekeepers, will often develop chronic bronchitis and asthma.” Ammonia can also create a poisonous gas if it’s mixed with bleach.
Found in: Cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, mildew removers, laundry whiteners, household tap water.
Health Risks: “With chlorine, we have so many avenues of exposure,” says Kasuska. “You’re getting exposed through fumes and possibly through the skin when you clean with it, but because it’s also in city water to get rid of bacteria, you’re also getting exposed when you take a shower or bath. The health risks from chlorine can be acute, and they can be chronic; it’s a respiratory irritant at an acute level. But the chronic effects are what people don’t realize: It may be a serious thyroid disruptor.”
Chlorine can be substituted with vinegar and baking soda. These are naturally derived and don't cause any health problems while leaving a sparkle behind.
Found in: These are the main ingredients of every cleaner you have in your home.
Health risks: Upon inhaling them, your little one might get prone to developing bronchitis, cough, and phlegm accompanied by shortness of breath. Acute inhalation exposure has resulted in respiratory tract irritation and coughing in humans.
4) Glycol Ethers
Found in: Window, kitchen and multipurpose cleaners.
Health risks:2-butoxyethanol is the key ingredient in many window cleaners and gives them their characteristic sweet smell. It belongs in the category of “glycol ethers,” a set of powerful solvents that don’t mess around. Law does not require 2-butoxyethanol to be listed on a product’s label.According to the EPA’s Web site, in addition to causing sore throats when inhaled, causes difficulty breathing and at high levels glycol ethers can also contribute to narcosis, pulmonary oedema, and severe liver and kidney damage.
Of course, there’s a solution to all this!
Switch to organic: educate yourself about the various organic and safe products in the market. Our Tinystep floor cleaner is one of them and is the only naturally derived floor cleaner made of mainly vinegar, baking soda and neem extract.Your common floor cleaner contains a lot of chemicals which are mixed together to wipe out all the germs on your floor and tiles. Although these floor cleaners leave your tiles sparkly clean, they pose a threat to the life of your little ones! Babies learn to grow on the floor and if your floor itself is toxic, it will have a negative impact on your baby’s health. We are just giving your little one more reasons to crawl and explore!
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