Toxins Lurking in Household Cleaners

Toxins in household cleanersYou may take a variety of steps to protect your health and boost your immune system, but you likely have a variety of products in your house that do the exact opposite. From toilet bowl cleaners to air fresheners, the household product industry is surprisingly unregulated, subject to no FDA-required safety tests. This lack of protective oversight is based on the erroneous belief that chemicals on the skin are not absorbed into the body and bloodstream. People who use nicotine patches or progesterone cream know this is false.

Environmental experts believe we share our homes with about 62 toxic chemicals. While small, occasional doses might not hurt us, consistent exposure over time causes an eventual “toxic burden” when the body can no longer cope with the vast number of chemicals stored in tissues and organs. Let’s look at a few of the most hazardous.

So-Called “Air Freshening” Phthalates

Ever feel like gagging after walking into a room that has just been sprayed with an air freshener? You can thank the phthalates in the product. These plastic-softening chemicals are banned from use in cosmetics in the European Union and in children’s toys in California, but you’ll find them in many fragrances and household cleaning products. They act as hormone disruptors, causing low libido in women; sexual dysfunction and reproductive defects in men; developmental problems in children; insulin resistance and diabetes; liver, kidney, and lung damage; and cancer.

The Big Lye in Oven Cleaning

Do you wonder why you can’t breathe or see when an oven cleaner is in use? The main ingredient in oven cleaners is lye – sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide. Lye is a deadly and caustic poison. The Environmental Protection Agency cautions, “Lye is extremely corrosive, and can burn your skin and eyes. It is usually fatal if swallowed.” The EPA advises oven-cleaning adults to don a protective apron, gloves, and safety goggles during the procedure, and cautions against breathing fumes!

Dryer Hazardous Waste Sheets

Have you ever been outside on a walk and suddenly noticed a strong, artificially noxious fragrance wafting by from a neighbor’s dryer vent? These perfume-laden dryer sheets are chock-full of toxic chemicals that get into our clothes and are then absorbed through our skin. Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, author of The Brain Wash, believes these environmental pollutants and neurotoxic chemicals are a primary reason that diseases of the brain and nervous system are exploding in North America.

Three of the common chemicals found in dryer sheets are on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste List. These ingredients found in scented laundry detergents and dryer sheets are known neurotoxins, central nervous system depressants, carcinogens, and narcotics:

  • Alpha-Terpineol
  • Benzyl Alcohol
  • Camphor
  • Chloroform
  • Ethyl Acetate
  • Linalool
  • Pentane

So what’s safe to use in our homes? Use a microfiber cloth for dusting and add a dab of olive oil for polishing. Baking soda is ideal for air freshening, deodorizing, scrubbing, and whitening. Club soda and hydrogen peroxide lift stains, and white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide are magic for disinfecting and killing germs and mildew.

Plant essential oils, pure Castile soaps, and products from trusted companies have dozens of household cleaning applications that fill your home with aroma therapeutic benefits without adding to your body’s toxic burden.

Here at Sunlighten, we believe in the purity of a non-toxic home. That’s why we formulated our sauna cleaners with only natural, plant-based ingredients – and left out solvents, sulfates, glycols and phthalates. Why bring toxins into your home if you don’t have to?

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