A Holistic Home is a HAPPY Home!
“Housekeeping is the act of doing a chore or task. House Keeping is the act of caring for and preserving your Home with Integrity, Purpose, and Joy.’
~Melissa Poepping (Author The Chemical Free Home)
Most people think they are doing the right thing by purchasing expensive cleaning and laundry products labeled “all natural” or “green”... Truth is the household cleaning supplies industry is not regulated. In 2000, cleaning products were responsible for nearly 10% of all toxic exposures reported to US Poison Control Centers accounting for 206,636 calls. Of these, 120,434 exposures involved children under 6.
It can be a challenge these days to know what household items are safe and which ones are not! Unfortunately you can not trust a label. You have to know the source where it comes from to know the level of integrity in the product. All companies (and people) have a desire to make a profit. The world runs on burning and selling - BUT. It should not ever be at the cost of people’s health. These products should not be contributing to ill health of humankind!
The most accurately dangerous cleaning products are corrosive drain cleaners., oven cleaner and acidic toilet bowl cleaner (See pics of my dads burn from drain cleaner. Sorry for those with a weak stomach!)
Corrosive chemicals can cause severe burns on the eyes skin and, if ingested, on the throat and esophagus.
Ingredients with high acute toxicity include chlorine bleach and ammonia which produce fumes that are highly irritating to eyes, nose, throat and lungs.
Synthetic Fragrances are added to many cleaners most notably laundry detergents and fabric softeners. This fragrance may cause things like respiratory irritation, headache, sneezing etc. The National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health has found one third of the substances used in the fragrance industry are toxic. But because the chemical formulas are considered trade secrets, companies aren’t required to list their ingredients but merely label them as containing fragrance.
Other ingredients in cleaners may have low acute toxicity but contribute to long term health effects, such as cancer or hormone disruption.
TEA (triethanolamine) - both of these are sudsing agents.
When these substances come into contact with nitrites (often found in bacon as a preservative and often undisclosed), they react to form nitrosamines - carcinogens that readily penetrate the skin.
Chemicals that are so-called “hormone disruptors” can interfere with the body’s natural chemical messages, either by blocking or mimicking the actions of hormones. Possible health effects include decreased sperm count, increased rates of male birth defects and increased rates of some kinds of cancers.
One test tube study indicated other chemical ingredients have been shown to mimic the hormone estrogen-sensitive breast cancer cells to multiply. The research is there. I could spend hours and hours talking about it but I think you get my point.