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liver and kidneys. The effect can be dangerous if used in a small room and closed.

If you clean inside the restricted area, such as a bathroom without ventilation, you can be exposed to exposure to 2-Butoxyethanol in a high level.

House Cleaning is Hazardous to Health

Soap , fabric softener and air freshener is a product that we use everyday to keep the house clean. Apparently, these products keep hidden danger to health.

The reason is because some cleaning products on the market contain harmful chemicals. If exposed to direct even every day, can result in respiratory problems and even kidney damage.

Here are hazardous materials that exist in the household cleaning products, and find safer solutions.

1 room fragrances and dish soap
harmful substances: Phthalates
Phthalates are widely found in household products that smell nice, such as air fresheners, dish soap or scented tisue. Manufacturers typically do not include phthalates writing on the packaging, but if you see the word fragrance or perfume in the list of substances, it is possible that the product contains phthalates.

The danger: These chemicals can disrupt the endocrine performance. According to the findings of the researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at the Harvard School of Public Health, men with high concentrations of phthalates in their blood, reduced sperm count. "Phthalates can also trigger migraines and asthma. Though these substances generally enter the body through breathing, but can also damage the skin through. Phthalates are exposed can be absorbed through the skin and the internal organs," said researcher Alicia Stanton, MD, as reported Care2 page, Friday (19/9).

Solution: If possible, choose products that are free of fragrances or contain organic and natural ingredients. For air freshener, you should avoid products containing aerosol. Replace with aromatherapy essential oils or simply open the windows of your house every morning so that fresh air can enter. Put also some plants inside and outside the home, because the plant is sucking natural toxins.

2 Antibacterial Soaps & detergents
harmful substances: Triclosan
Triclosan are found in almost every liquid soaps, bar soaps, detergents and soaps specially hand-labeled anti-bacterial.

The danger: Triclosan is an anti-bacterial agent that is very aggressive, but it can trigger the growth of bacteria that are resistant to the drug. The American Medical Association did not find any evidence that the anti-microbial material could make a person so much healthier or safer. That is, we should not use the products anti-bacterial excessive because it potentially makes microbes so much stronger.

In addition, some studies have also found that high concentrations of triclosan is very harmful to the habitat of algae that live in rivers and streams. Triclosan can also disrupt hormonal balance and function of the human body.

Solution: Detergents and soaps usual (without triclosan or anti-bacterial) is enough to kill bacteria. Only use products containing triclosan if you are in an environment that is very dirty and full of germs, such as public toilets, the location of the disaster or after direct contact with a gaping wound to bacteria and germs can die quickly. As for everyday purposes, avoid its use.

3 fabric softeners
hazardous substances: Quartenary Ammonium Compounds (QUATS)
Available in liquid fabric softener and most household furniture cleaners labeled anti-bacterial.

The danger: Quats is another form of anti-microbial, and the effect is the same as triclosan potentially grow the bacteria are resistant to antibiotics. Quats can also make the skin iritasi.Ssebuah research conducted over 10 years found that quats is one of the triggers of skin infections. Quats are also suspected to be the cause of respiratory distress.

The solution: Reduce the need to refrain from the use even if the fabric softener. To soften the fabric, you can use natural ingredients with a mixture of vinegar and tea-tree oil.

"Vinegar is a natural fabric softener. Toxins not only free, but also removes residual soaps and detergents," says the author of 'The Naturally Clean Home' Karyn Siegel-Maier.

Meanwhile, tea-tree oil works as an anti-fungal. Mix a few drops of tea-tree oil with one tablespoon of vinegar, and add to water in a spray bottle. As PENGHARUM, add a few drops of lavender oil. Use this mixture as a substitute for fabric softener while anti-bacterial clothes.

4 liquid window cleaner & kitchen
hazardous substances: 2-butoxyethanol

2-butoxyethanol substances contained in cleaning fluids multifunction, device kitchens and windows.

The danger: 2-Butoxyethanol is a main ingredient in window cleaner. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the United States, this material can cause a sore throat when inhaled. In high concentrations, 2-Butoxyethanol may also lead to narcosis (decreased function of the central nervous system), as well as damage to the liver and kidneys. The effect can be dangerous if used in a small room and closed.

If you clean inside the restricted area, such as a bathroom without ventilation, you can be exposed to exposure to 2-Butoxyethanol in a high level.

Solution: Clean the glass window and cemin with old newspapers soaked in vinegar. To clean the kitchen, use a homemade cleaning agents. Combine baking soda, vinegar and essential oils. This mixture produces a natural cleaning formula that is safe for health.


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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Sep 2014 (#)

Good points. I always felt better to use less of all these supposed miracle cleansers as remnants of them in utensils and clothes will be quite harmful. While cleaning they come into contact with human body and we know through common sense they are harmful to us - sometimes do more damage than benefit us - siva

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