If you’re anything like me, you’re always looking for safer products to use for your family, and because I have spent so much time cleaning up my eating, as well as my beauty routines, I have now started to clean up my home cleaning products as well. As you know, the products we use each day to clean our homes are made up of very harsh and toxic chemicals. At first I did not think this was a big deal because I am not eating them or putting them directly onto my skin, but the more I researched, the more I realized these harsh chemicals should also be replaced with safer items.
What Are the Risks of Conventional Cleaning Products?
Not only can the cleaning products we use be inhaled in, they also can absorb into the skin if we are not careful. For people with little ones around this can especially be concerning because if there is any cleaning residue left on tables or counters, this can easily be touched and entered into your child’s skin or mouth. Rubber gloves do prevent these products from entering your skin, but that still does not reduce the risk of chemical inhalation or touching the toxic surface at a later time.
Other toxic products like laundry detergents and fabric softeners can also put us at risk for skin irritations, allergies and eczema, as the harsh chemicals saturate our clothing items which are then placed directly onto our skin where they remain for long periods of time. Conventional laundry products also contain parabens, dyes, petrochemicals and formaldehyde releasing agents which are considered stage 1 carcinogens.