Get the Toxins Out

Posted on Aug 14, 2014 in Blog, Live Life Green

There’s not doubt we live in a toxic world. Our homes are 5-7 times more toxic than the outdoor  environment .  Consider we are bombarded with toxins all day, so let’s control what we can and remove the toxins from our homes and replace them with products that are safe for ourselves and the environment.

Common household cleaning agents are a trigger for asthma, allergies and skin conditions. These are the easiest to remove from the home.

Get the Toxins Out

 

For starters, remove the chlorine bleach, formaldehyde, and ammonia.

Chlorine Bleach:

Chlorine bleach can be found in almost every cleaning product and many of us grow up using bleach and we associate the smell of bleach with clean!  All I can say is “get it out”, it’s a registered pesticide and fungicide.

“Bleach containing products are often sold as a laundry additive or as an all-purpose cleaner. Products containing bleach that claim to sanitize or disinfect are considered pesticides and must be registered pesticide products.” Source epa.gov

Did you know that a pesticide is added to your washing machine to help keep your white clothes white? This pesticide is also found in many household cleaning products that contain a “disinfectant” to kill germs. And it is found in household products used to clean mold and mildew from your shower or tub. Can you guess what this pesticide is? Chlorine Bleach!

You wouldn’t think that ordinary chlorine bleach is a pesticide, but it is. Because it kills bacteria  and viruses it is called a disinfectant or an antimicrobial pesticide. And because it kills fungi and molds it is also known as a fungicide.

If you are responsible for doing laundry or other types of cleaning as some of your chores around the house, you may be using liquid chlorine bleach to do the job. If so, you need to be sure to always “Read the Label First” to know how to properly use this product and for safety information. Make sure you use them safely and do not mix cleaning products.

If sodium hypochlorite (chlorine bleach) is mixed with ammonia, poisonous fumes result. The inhalation of these fumes can cause esophageal damage and can be deadly.

There are ways to whiten clothing and disinfect without the use of pesticides/bleach.

Formaldahyde:

Formaldahyde can be found in personal care products as a preservative for water based products.  You’ll never see “formaldahyde” on a label, it’s hidden and can be found under the following names: Formaldehyde, quaternium-15, dimethyl-dimethyl (DMDM) hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (bromopol).

Formaldehyde can create the following symptoms: dermatitus, burning itching swelling of the skin, asthma triggers as well as difficulty breathing for those with respiratory issues, as well as watery, burning, itchy eyes, headache.  Formaldehyde was classified as a know carcinogen in 2006.

Formaldehyde can be is used as a preservative in personal care products {including baby products}, cosmetics, salon products, particle board, building materials, etc.

Ammonia:

Ammonia is an irritant in both liquid and gas forms.  It can burn or irritate eyes, skin, mouth and lungs.  NEVER mix ammonia with bleach or vinegar as it can create a deadly gas.  Ammonia main irritants are inhalation, skin and eye irritations. Ammonia can create lung issues and trigger asthma, symptoms can include tightness in the chest, shortness of breath and difficulty breathing. Ammonia gas can burn the skin and irritate the skin.  Remove ammonia especially when there are skin concerns like eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions. Ammonia can also irritate and burn the eyes.

This is just scratching the surface of getting the toxins out of the home.  These are some of the most common and bleach is in just about every cleaning product from the laundry, bathroom and general purpose cleaning.  Keep in mind, after using these prosducts they can linger in the air for up to 72 hours and settle to the floor area where children and pets spend most of their time.

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Sources:

WebMD

WiseGeek

Safe Cosmetics

EWG

http://www.state.nj.us/health/eoh/cehsweb/bleach_fs.pdf

http://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/chemicals/chem_profiles/ammonia.html#_1_4

http://www.ehow.com/about_5422349_dangers-clorox-bleach-fumes.html

 

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