Chemicals damage our health. Pesticides, herbicides and many other chemicals are not only toxic to our systems and they also have a huge impact on the Earth’s delicate ecosystems.
Most of us are oblivious to the ways in which the chemical compounds and substances we encounter affect our family’s health. They are just part of everyday life. You might pop on some latex gloves when using a caustic cleaning product, or give your hands an extra-thorough wash after using one, but do you ever consider avoiding them altogether?
And how often do you connect your contact with everyday household cleaners with your family’s health? We don’t consider such things normally, but if someone in your family has chemical sensitivities or allergies it brings your daily lifestyle under sharp scrutiny.
Commercial cleaning products are often so harsh they not only damage your health and fertility but often also end up destroying the very things they are supposed to clean. For instance, carpet cleaners often leave carpets frayed and discoloured.
To make matters worse, the next morning you wake to find that the stain has reappeared!Commonsense tells you to limit your exposure to seriously toxic chemicals, but what does cleaning the bathroom have to do with your family’s health? Well, the answer to that lies in the effect that commercial cleaning and other commonly-used products have on human hormones.
Bathroom cleaners with a high acid content can corrode and pit surfaces, creating a perfect hiding place for bacteria and dirt generally creating stains and damage which are impossible to remove or repair.
You want your kitchen to be the cleanest room in your house, because it is the heart of your home. Often the cleaners we use to keep our kitchen sparkling are amongst the most dangerous.
Kitchen sponges are known for the huge volumes of bacteria they can harbour (up to 7 billion species)—however you body is apt to deal with these if it needs to however, did you know that the disinfectant you use to clean your sink and counters can leave a harmful toxic residue your body cannot breakdown? Is your kitchen really clean if it is covered in toxins?
Inconsistent Product Labeling
You can’t count on product labels to tell you what chemicals are in a product. The content lists are often incomplete, misleading, and in some cases inaccurate. This leads you to believe that they are safer than they really are. You are not given enough information to make up your own mind and are completely reliant on what the manufacturer has condescended to tell you about the toxic contents of their products.
Becoming Aware Of The Chemical Dangers Around Us
Below is a basic list of dangerous chemicals, which negatively affect your general health. These chemicals are best avoided and ideally should be completely replaced by natural cleaning ingredients:
- Butyl cellosolve
- Hydrochloric acid
- Hydrofluoric acid
- Paradichlorobenzenes (PDCBs)
- Petroleum distillates
- Phosphoric acid
- Sulphuric acid
- Trichloroethylene (TCE
Bicarbonate soda, salt, vinegar, lemon and lime juice, soda water and other natural cleaning ingredients are often referred to as ‘non-toxic’, but what does that really mean? Non-toxic cleaning products do not pose the risks to health and fertility normally associated with traditional toxic cleaners.
Generally, as a rule of thumb, if you can eat it, you can clean with it. It does not mean you will, especially since in excessive dosages most things are dangerous. Using non-toxic cleaners does not mean you can carelessly eat them, pour them into your eyes, squirt them all over your skin, or be careless with it. However it does mean that if an accident occurs while you are using them and some spills on you, it does not mean a trip to the doctor or hospital and your family’s health and fertility are not compromised in the long run.
My books “The Awful Truth About Cleaning Products and Fertility Revealed” and “Protecting Your Fertility: The dangers of conventional pest control and natural, safe alternatives revealed” teach you to use safe, natural, chemical-free, non-toxic ingredients and methods for pest control. Besides making a big difference to you and your family’s health, what you will learn to implement will also have a very positive effect on the environment and your hip pocket, because they are (in comparison) also extremely cost effective.