Practically no human studies have been done on most of the chemicals in cleaning products. It has generally been assumed by the industry that they are safe until proven toxic, and the thought has prevailed until recently that if a product is available on the store shelf, it is safe. However, many people have found through painful experiences that this fact is not true. Your household cleaning products could be making you sick, and it’s up to you to do something to protect yourself and your family.
Perhaps you have had a sudden headache or became nauseous for no apparent reason while cleaning and wondered why. Maybe your body is trying to tell you that something is wrong with the indoor air you are breathing. Indoor air is much more polluted than outside air. Doctors have finally realised that common chemicals in cleaning products can adversely affect you and the air you breathe. Household cleaning products are among the deadliest substances encountered daily.
Synthesised chemicals appeared after World War II. These are found in carpet, oven, drain and floor cleaners, and in laundry detergents. These items are mostly petrochemical – petroleum-based and are quite toxic to your body when breathed and swallowed. These cleaning products can cause damage to the heart, liver, brain, lungs and kidneys, and can cause dizziness and irritation to the skin and eyes. It has been found that some homes have chemical levels that are 70 times higher than the outside air.
A study conducted for more than 15 years concluded that women who worked at home had a 54 per cent higher death rate from cancer than women who worked away from home. Toxic household cleaning products have been accused of causing an increase in cancer, ADD, Alzheimer’s, chronic fatigue syndrome, allergies, asthma, lupus, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis and other ailments. Moreover, there has been an allergy and asthma explosion.
Changing your cleaning products to natural ones, as found at Organica is not challenging to do. Non-Toxic cleaning products are ideal for people who wish to reduce their exposure to unhealthy and hazardous ingredients. There are many natural cleaning products on the market today that are cheaper, and as good as or even better than, the toxic ones. After all, our mothers and grandmothers have used the natural products for centuries.
Any changes to the use of natural cleaning products will be better, safer, and healthier for your family, your pets and the environment. A quote made by Margaret Mead some 40 years ago is still appropriate today: “Not war, but a plethora of man-made things is threatening to strangle, suffocate, and bury us in debris of by-products of our technical, inventive, and irresponsible age.”