For the longest time, many of us used typical household cleaning products without thinking twice about what nasty chemicals we might be adding to our indoor air. (A hint was how many of us had to hold our breath when cleaning!) Our moms regularly used rubber gloves when cleaning, to protect their hands from the harsh chemicals…what about their lungs? What about the food that we put on the tables and plates we clean? Or the sheets we lay down on or lay our babies down on? Makes you quiver a bit just thinking about it. Turns out, most household cleaning products are full of irritants that you don’t want to breathe or get on your skin. Cleaning with toxic chemicals actually adds pollutants to our homes, so perhaps we’re eliminating bacteria but the trade-off is adding irritants and carcinogens to our environment. At The Honest Company, we keep these issues top of mind and are committed providing a safer alternative, which is why we developed a line of non-toxic cleaning products to help keep your surfaces and air clean and safe!
Women’s Voices for the Earth commissioned an independent study of 20 popular cleaning products from five companies and found that there were harmful chemicals in many of these products, and sometimes the manufacturer didn’t even list those chemicals on the packaging (like allergens in fragrance-free products, for example). Some of the toxic ingredients in the most popular cleaners include fragrances, VOCs, dyes and formaldehyde to name a few. Here is a breakdown of the nasty toxins in everyday household products.
Popular glass cleaners may contain:
* 2-Hexoxyethanol – A cleaning agent link to central nervous system depression and is an upper respiratory irritant.
* Sodium C14-17 Sec-Alkyl Sulfonate – A wetting agent that is hazardous to the environment and an irritant to skin and eyes.
* 2-Butoxyethanol – Confirmed animal carcinogen. Irritant for human’s eyes, skin, and lungs.
Popular all-purpose sprays may contain:
* Phthalates – Even at very low doses, phthalates can cause hormone disruption and reproductive harm including birth defects.
* Toluene – Toluene exposure has been linked to pregnancy complications, birth defects and developmental delays in children.
* Ethanolamine – Human skin and respiratory irritant. Limited evidence of gastrointestinal or liver toxicity.
Popular wood polish/oil may contain:
* Trisodium NTA – This corrosive substance causes injury to eyes, skin, and respiratory tract. It’s a possible human carcinogen.
* Formaldehyde – Known human carcinogen. Respiratory and skin allergen.
QUESTION: Do you know all of those ingredients listed above? Can you pronounce them? Why do so many of us use them without even thinking twice?
THE HONEST SWAP OUT GUIDE CHALLENGE
Considering the info that we just downloaded to you in this post, how about we play a game? Do you want to swap those old cleaners out with new, non-toxic ones? We can help give your cleaning supplies cabinet a makeover with safe, plant-based products….it’s easy. Just go to our site and check out any of our products from our Honest Cleaning Makeover Guide, you won’t see any of the ingredients listed above on any of these labels: Glass + Window Cleaner, Dish Soap, Multi-Surface Cleaner, Toilet Cleaner, and Bathroom Cleaner.
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DISCLAIMER: This blog post was written by a paid sponsor for the Pregnancy Awareness Month (PAM) Campaign 2014 – The Honest Company, and edited by Team PAM. The opinions expressed by The Honest Company and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of PAM or any employee thereof. PAM is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by The Honest Company.