29 July 2018 Posted By : Administrator

It May Be Time to Change Your Cleaning Products

The cleaning products we purchase to clean our houses may also be contaminating our bodies. This revelation comes as activists reveal that cleaning agents might be one of the most toxic substances we have in our homes. This is not unbelievable and consumers would often experience blocked nostrils, swollen eyes, skin burns or feelings of dizziness while using cleaning products, begging questions as to what exactly is contained in these things.

“Many cleaning products, especially those billed as ‘antibacterial,’ contain toxic chemicals that cause physical damage. Wrote a twitter user, on Friday, the 27th of July, the tweet was linked to an article on Naturalnews.com where the harmful contents of cleaning products were listed as:

Parabens – Used as preservatives in soaps, parabens are hormone disruptors that contribute to the storing of body fat.

Propylene glycol – Used in moisturizing lotions and baby products, propylene glycol is a known cancer-causing agent.

Sodium laurel sulfate – This chemical is a foaming agent that is commonly found in shampoos, liquid soaps, and toothpaste. It was revealed to be a neurotoxin and may even be linked to cancer.

Synthetic colors and dyes – Usually labeled FD&C or D&C, synthetic colors and dyes are known cancer-causing agents.

Triclosan –Typically found in antibacterial soaps, triclosan is an endocrine disruptor that is associated with birth defects and can harm the internal organs. It is also believed to contribute to the problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Ureas – Found in soaps, ureas can cause contact dermatitis, heart irregularities, and joint pain.

Consumers are now advised to switch to simpler cleaning ingredients such as soap, water, baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice and borax because only a very little percentage of cleaning product manufacturers would actually reveal the contents of their products.

Organicconsumers.org stated some simple guidelines to help in the future selection of cleaning items which include reading labels, and avoiding words such as, flammable, hazardousand toxic. Avoiding products with vague descriptions such as biodegradable is also a good idea. When ingredients are listed, choose products made with plant-based, instead of petroleum-based, ingredients.

Consumer advocate Sloan Barnett, author of Green Goes with Everything, cited on scientificamerican.com, said. “Call me suspicious, but I honestly don’t think it’s because the recipe is top secret,” she says on the issue of these companies refusal to state all their ingredients on their labels. “If it was, there wouldn’t be so many competing products with identical ingredients.” The general suspicion is that these manufacturers do not want to list the harmful chemicals consumers are daily exposed to by using these products.

There is an obvious need for better laws to be promulgated to secure consumer safety as people may be poisoning themselves ignorantly. Barnett further explains why the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cannot require manufacturers to state their ingredients because according to the Law they do not have the power to do this “unless the agency itself can show that the product poses a health risk—which the EPA does not have the resources to do since, according to one estimate, it receives some two thousand new applications for approval every year.”

None of the major cleaning product companies being called out consistently by eco-friendly groups and activists have made any recent responses to these allegations.

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