How clean is your house really? I’m not talking about sparkling countertops and floors you can eat off of, i’m talking about the air inside your home that you and your family breathe.
A five year study conducted by the EPA found that pollutants from household products made the typical American home two-to-five times more polluted than the outside air.
It seems that we are always worried about smog and chemicals in the air we breathe outside, but what we didn’t know is that we are risking our health in the comfort of our own home. Household cleaning products can contain harmful and toxic chemicals that can lead to cancer, liver damage, asthma, respiratory problems, and have many health related risks from using products such as:
- Oven cleaners
- Carpet cleaner
- Chlorine bleach
- Glass cleaner
- Toilet bowl cleaners, and
- All-purpose cleaners
- and many more!
According to a 15-year study presented at the Toronto Indoor Air Conference, women who work at home have a 54% higher death rate from cancer than those who work away from home. The study concluded that this was a direct result of the increased exposure to toxic chemicals, many of which are found in common household products.
So I know, you are thinking, but we have used these products for years, right? Maybe not. Think of when your great grandparents were growing up, how many cleaning products do you think they had in their home? A lot of people cleaned with vinegar, baking soda, soap and water. Can you imagine what the household cleaning product aisle looked like 100 years ago compared to now? Now there are cleaning solutions for everything and you have the option of endless different scents with each cleaner. Do you want cleaner with Febreeze, cleaner with bleach, fabric softener with lasting beads or extra fragrance, detergent for dark clothes, detergent for cold cycles… the list goes on and on. There are other options… safe, chemical-free, and non-toxic incredible cleaners that outperform many traditional brands.
I take pride in knowing that I am doing my best to get rid of as many chemicals that I can in my home for my family. My husband grew up having asthma and has always had issues with bronchitis every time he gets sick so it is important to me to avoid respiratory irritants in our home. Imagine replacing all of your cleaners with a simple and concentrated cleaning line that has no harsh chemicals and is completely safe, natural and non-toxic. There are alternatives to the fumes and harsh chemicals! The best part is you will actually save money in making the switch! I love that I can clean right next to my daughter without having to worry about her being exposed to chemicals or fragrances. Here’s to a healthier home and a healthier family!
Take a look at this video for more information about the risks and the healthy alternatives.