Today, there is a very real need to avoid dangerous household toxins. Nearly every home has an abundance of household chemicals. Many of the products that we buy contain chemical toxins. Unfortunately, most are masked under products that a consumer will assume is perfectly harmless.
In reality, they are actually very dangerous. Often, when a homeowner can not directly see, smell, taste, or feel a toxin… complacency replaces precaution. This can make it hard to avoid dangerous household toxins.
Products like: bleach, air freshener, laundry detergent, etc… all contain chemicals that can pose a danger to the home and family. However, you will not find many of these ingredients listed on the product label. For example, the FDA/TGA does not require manufacturers to list the ingredients used in laundry products and air fresheners. Furthermore, the FDA/TGA does not require any product to list fragrance ingredients.
Is it difficult to avoid dangerous household toxins? For many, the answer is yes. The lack of information on household products has prompted many private groups to conduct ingredient research. The listed and unlisted toxic chemicals that are used in our products are astounding.
If there ever was a golden example as to why consumers need to avoid dangerous household toxins, just take a look at air fresheners. Although they are marketed as a refreshing and needed addition to the home, air fresheners can contain and do contain any number of toxic chemicals.
Aerosol and plug in air fresheners are especially dangerous. The chemicals are broken into tiny particles when released; allowing for deep inhalation into the lungs. Most air fresheners will contain: naphthalene, formaldehyde, xylene, crestol, ethanol, phenol, fragrances, etc.
Formaldehyde is a known cancer causing agent. Naphthalene, is a suspected cancer causing agent. Xylene, is a neurotoxin and reproductive toxin.
Laundry products (soap, fabric softener, dryer sheets) also allow volatile organic compounds to evaporate into the air. Soaps may contain Ethoxylated nonyl phenol, which can disrupt hormone balances. Fabric softeners may contain quarternary ammonium compounds and imidazolidinyl, which release formaldehyde as they are heated.
Bleach is a strong corrosive. Fumes or direct contact can burn the skin, eyes, and upper respiratory tract. It can be lethal, or do permanent liver damage if ingested.
Of course, the best way to avoid dangerous household toxins, is to avoid buying products containing dangerous chemicals. Use a checklist to take inventory of what consumer chemical products are lying dormant in your cupboards, counters, garages, basements, bathrooms and that most infamous storage area, under the kitchen sink! If you have any health issues at all, you MUST take inventory, remove dangerous household chemicals, and immediately replace them with holistic, natural, eco-friendly products. It’s a decision you will never regret!
Use our FREE Toxin Checklist and discover how to make your home a safe haven from toxic chemicals and improve your family’s health!
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