You’ve thoroughly cleaned your house. It looks better, smells better and makes you feel better — you’ve created a cleaner, more sanitary, healthier environment for you and your family, right? Maybe not. Dr. Smith wants patients to understand that, depending on what cleaning products you use, you could be doing more harm than good.
The majority of today’s mainstream cleaning supplies contain dangerous chemicals, including ammonia, chlorine bleach, glycol ethers and alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs).
Exposure to these chemicals has been linked to both immediate health concerns (such as respiratory irritation) and long-term health effects (such as asthma and cancer).
The simultaneous use of multiple cleansers — particularly bleaching formulas — is extremely dangerous. This deadly mix generates invisible clouds of toxic fumes, particularly in poorly ventilated areas.
In addition to raising severe health issues, many of today’s commercial cleaning products pose hazards to the environment. Everything that flows down the drain or into a landfill eventually ends up in the water supply.
Avoid all the worries about toxic chemicals by making your own cleaning solutions! A few simple ingredients and a little elbow grease will take care of most of your cleaning needs.
Dr. Barbara Smith
Chiropractor and Health Educator