“Cleanliness is next to godliness.” Yes, of course! The number of times we were asked to repeat the quote during our childhood? Adults constantly try and drill this idea into kids to teach children the values of keeping their surroundings organized and clean. And we support this lesson all the way, only it makes a world of difference when it comes to what you choose to clean your house with, so merely cleaning is not enough. We say this because what hides in your cleaning products is no less sinister and, in fact, more toxic than the dirt and grime initially found in your home.
If you have a peek into the ingredient list stuck at the back of your various products, you might find a mention of – perchloroethylene. Also referred to as PERC is usually present in fabric and carpet cleaners and generously used by your local dry cleaning shop. So, what? Do you ask? PERC is a chemical with the effects of a neurotoxin and a carcinogenic when inhaled for a prolonged period. Exposure to these is not impossible, especially if you are habituated to picking up fresh laundry from your dry cleaners or regularly use carpet cleaners to get food and beverage out of them.
2-Butoxeyethanol is another lethal ingredient in large quantities in multi-purpose cleaners and the window sprays you have repeatedly used. It has a sweet and floral scent and is primarily a glycol ether solvent used to break down dirt and oil. That’s not the tricky part. Unfortunately, prolonged human exposure to 2-butoxyethanol can result in pulmonary edema, narcosis, and high-grade liver and kidney damage.
Ammonia and Formaldehyde
The former is used as a glass polish and a cleaner. No doubt that it gives crystal-clear cleanliness along with a sparkle to die for; it’s also a well-known irritant when it comes to human tissues. Also, suppose you have a medical history of lung infection or asthma. In that case, it could severely impact you by causing permanent damage to your mucous membranes and your heart.
Finally, Formaldehyde is carcinogenic that is present in heavy-duty cleansers and has been associated with the onset of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. It’s a type of neurodegenerative disease that eventually diminishes the ability of the brain to control the rest of the body. But that’s not all. It can also impact the chemical balance in the brain, which can cause depression, headaches, insomnia, and attention deficit.
These are just a few harmful and hazardous cleaning ingredients. The list is long, and that should give you an idea about how essential it is for you to take things seriously. Switching to biodegradable and green cleaning products is a need of the hour. Because the choice to do nothing could severely impact your loved ones’ overall health. Check before you buy cleaning products. Try and use products that are made from natural ingredients. Also, make sure to check before hiring professional cleaning services the products they use in your home. After all, the idea of cleaning is to ensure health and well-being and not jeopardize it.
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