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Written by Anna Selner   

Did you know that almost all of your household products contain some degree of toxic agents and most of them also contain agents suspected of being harmful or simply carcinogenic? Down with household products harmful to your health, your family and your pets. It is time to switch to green products!

How is it that one does not prohibit the sale of household products containing toxic agents? Worse still, some ingredients banned by the industries are still in domestic use. Analyze it yourself: See the list of agents contained in the products you currently own. We attempt to inform you how you can take steps to protect your whole household.

How household cleaners damage your health?

Anti-odor products and general purpose cleaners contain chemicals that are suspected to cause lung problems, heart disease, stroke and cancer.

Ceramic cleaners often contain irritants that harm the lungs and skin. If mixed with chlorine, the fumes can cause severe damage to the lungs.

The chlorine bleach is a cleaner that most often accidentally ingested by children. Moreover, combined with ammonia or acid based cleaners such as vinegar, it emits chloramines, a highly toxic gas, even after brief exposure.

Mold eliminators often contain chemical fungicides that can cause allergic reactions, lung problems or trigger asthma.

Disinfectants sometimes contain products that can cause severe damage to the kidneys and liver.

Toilet bowl cleaners are made of chemicals that can burn skin, cause serious damage to the stomach if ingested and cause blindness if splashed in the eye.

How can you get information on the toxicity of a product?

  • Start by reviewing all your cleaning products in kitchen, bathroom and laundry. Read labels carefully. Do you see the following ingredients:
  • Ammonia
  • Calcium Hypochlorite
  • Chlorine
  • Diethylene Glycol
  • Ethanol
  • Hydrochloric Acid
  • Nitrobenzene
  • Oxalic Acid
  • Distillate Oil
  • Phenols
  • Phosphates
  • Potassium Hydroxide
  • Sodium Hypochlorite
  • 1,4-Dichlorobenzene

All these ingredients have been classified as toxic and are mentioned in the List of Toxic Substances in Schedule 1 by the Canadian law on environmental protection (1999). If one of them it appears on the label of your products, take care and consider an alternative product, if you do not want to be exposed to the harmful effects listed above.

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