Cleaning is crucial when it comes to protecting our health. We’re exposed to toxins, bacteria, and other harmful invaders in our homes, schools, and workplaces. However, household and cleaning products—including soaps, polishes, and grooming supplies—often include harmful chemicals. The good news is that you can limit your exposure to these harsh chemicals. Not to mention that a movement of “green” and “natural” cleaning products is occurring now!
Our Health VS. Harsh Chemicals
Many cleaning supplies or household products can irritate the eyes or throat. They can cause headaches rashes. Some cleaning products can cause other health problems, including cancer. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are released when these products are being used. VOCs are gases, some are harmful by themselves. However, they can also react with other gases and form other air pollutants after they are already in the air.
VOCs and other chemicals increase the risk of chronic respiratory problems, allergic reactions and headaches. Studies are underway to assess how these chemicals affect people who have asthma and other respiratory illnesses. Cleaning supplies and household products containing VOCs and other toxic substances can include, but are not limited to:
- Aerosol spray products, including health, beauty and cleaning products
- Air fresheners
- Chlorine bleach*
- Detergent and dishwashing liquid
- Dry cleaning chemicals
- Rug and upholstery cleaners
- Furniture and floor polish
- Oven cleaners
Never mix bleach or any bleach-containing product with any cleaner containing ammonia. The combination of gases can lead to chronic breathing problems and in some cases, death.
What Should You Look for When Buying Cleaning Products?
We all can’t be a “Gwyneth Paltrow” make your own all-clean, all-natural GOOP inspired cleaning products. When you need the convenience or the added power of pre-made, commercial cleaners, or for the basics like laundry and dishwashing detergents, here are some shopping guidelines to help you choose products with the lowest impact on your health and the environment.
Read Your Labels
While most cleaners don’t actually list their ingredients, you can learn about specific hazards by reading the label. Most products will use a signal word like “Danger”, “Warning”, or “Caution”. Remember, “Danger” or “Poison” usually signifies a more hazardous formula. Products that say “Warning” are usually moderate. And those labeled with “Caution” are considered slightly less hazardous. Make sure to read instructions to learn how to use the product and avoid any potential harm.
Also note for phrases such as:
- “may cause skin irritation”
- “vapors harmful”
- “may cause burns on contact”
Help the Environment
Do your best to choose cleaners in the largest container sizes available. Bulk products tend to give you both the most bang for your buck while also utilizing the least amount of packaging materials. Also, keep an eye out for select products in bottles made with at least some recycled plastic. By doing so, you support companies that are providing a market for recycled plastic.
When you can, choose concentrated formulas. These products normally contain only 20% or less water. This is important because dilution with water is now done at home, rather than at the factory. Concentrated cleaners overall require less packaging and fuels for shipping!
Going Chemical Free: Spring Cleaning Event at Zock Family Chiropractic
A few safe, simple ingredients like soap, water, baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, and borax, aided by a little elbow grease and a coarse sponge for scrubbing, can take care of most household cleaning needs. And they can save you lots of money wasted on unnecessary, specialized cleaners! For that reason, we are hosting our very own Spring Cleaning Event in collaboration with DoTerra Essential Oils!
Zock Family Chiropractic Spring Cleaning Event
April 25, 2019 • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Are you curious about introducing more essential oils to your life? Do you have questions or concerns about essential oils that you would like cleared up? Are you ready to live a more chemical free life?
Join Zock Family Chiropractic and special guest Jenna Livingston of DoTerra Essential Oils for an informative and interactive evening to learn about the overwhelming benefits of essential oils! Jenna will be providing insight into the myths about essential oils and answer any of your questions or concerns about this trending wellness topic! The event will conclude with participants creating their own natural cleaning solution using DoTerra Essential oils!
This event is free! To make sure we have enough supplies, please call our office at (724) 742-0105 or contact our office to reserve your spot today!