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Is Your Household Cleaner Killing You?

Is Your Household Cleaner Killing You?

By    |   Tuesday, 14 August 2018 09:45 AM

If you use chlorine bleach or household commercial cleaners that contain bleach, you are using one of the most toxic chemicals still found in American homes. Bleach is added to everything from toilet bowl cleaners and counter sprays to dishwashing liquid and laundry detergent.

“It’s also used straight out of the bottle for an endless array of cleaning purposes,” Dr. Ellen Kamhi tells Newsmax Health. “While it is very effective in killing germs like viruses, bacteria and fungi, it does come with a price. Bleach resides as a residue on all surfaces you use to clean it and travels through the air in your home into your lungs. It’s also absorbed very quickly into your skin and your family members’ skin by everything you touch that was cleaned.”

Kamhi says that chlorine is extremely poisonous. It was used during World War II as a choking agent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The active ingredient in bleach is sodium hypochlorite.

“This substance is not only incredibly corrosive and capable of causing irritation, pain and blistering if it comes into contact with your skin, it’s also potentially dangerous when inhaled,” says Kamhi, also known as the Natural Nurse.

And if you happen to mix bleach or any acid based cleaner with ammonia, it forms chlorine gas which at low levels can cause severe irritation, coughing and breathing problems. At high levels of exposure, it can cause vomiting, pneumonia, fluid in the lungs and death.

She recommends using hydrogen peroxide in the 3 percent strength commonly found in drug stores as an effective alternative for chlorine bleach. Pour it into a spray bottle to clean shower stalls, counters and other surfaces and add about 8 ounces to your laundry cycle to whiten clothes.

Unfortunately, it’s not just chlorine that’s a health hazard.

A study published in the Environmental Impact Assessment Reviews analyzed best-selling brands of common household cleaners and found that every single sample contained toxic ingredients. Altogether, the 25 products released 421 chemicals including 133 volatile compounds, 24 of which are classified as toxic or hazardous under U.S. law. Almost half of the products contained cancer-causing chemicals and emissions—even those promoted as “green,” “organic” or “natural.”

Samara Geller, senior research and database expert at the Environmental Working Group, tells Newsax that some of the most worrisome ingredients aside from chlorine bleach are ammonia, triclosan, diethanolamine and fragrance.

If you want to check the safety of your household products, the folks at the EWG have analyzed more than 2,500 products and rated their safety.  Check out their Guide to Health Cleaners by clicking this link.

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