Do You Know What You're Cleaning With?

toxic-cleanersAccording to the National Research Council, only 20% of chemicals have been tested for acute effects less than 10 % have been tested for chronic or reproductive effects and 80% does not have toxic information available and only 1% of toxins are required to be on a label. Yet, all of these things are on our grocery shelves, can harm us, our children and the environment.

We are constantly hearing about second hand smoke, smog, emissions from cars and factories ruining our air supply. Yet, the one thing that we use in our home to rid it of bacteria, mold and bugs, no one seems to question.

I came across this information as I was researching cleaning chemicals and I was totally amazed. I, like many of you, never questioned any of this either. A matter of fact, it never came into my mind, as a problem. I was always under the assumption that it was the job of the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) to protect us and to make us aware of harmful chemicals.

This article is written to inform you of how important it is for the average person to research and find out what should be brought into out homes. It seems as though we are the only ones that care.

If you want to start your research on the Internet, use the keywords 'harmful cleaning agents' and it will open a world of chemicals, allergies and toxins that are in most of our homes.

Clean House-Clean Planet says that two major chemical testing laboratories-Industrial Bio-Test (in 1983) and Craven Labs (in 1992)-have been found guilty of falsifying research used to support the registration of chemicals with the EPA.

So, this tells us that we can't even believe the testing that is being done and that there isn't anyone overseeing the validity in the statistics and tests. Therefore, the consumer pays once again; not only with money but with poor health.

I am wondering why it is that we need an agency like this and what are they really doing with tax dollars that is making us safe?

My hope is that more people start asking the same questions and find out what percentage of respiratory disease, allergies and health problems are related to government oversight rather than the causes that are always being blamed.

Jan Hayner offers tips and hints on saving time and money while cleaning and organizing, as well as toxins that harm us.

3 thoughts on “Do You Know What You're Cleaning With?

  • February 7 2011 at 9:14 pm
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    I 100% agree that we have to be more aware of what is being used in our homes, and around our children. I use natural, chemical free, environmentally safe, and 100% effective cleaners in my home. They don't even require safety caps! That is how safe they are.
    I love to share what I use with everyone I can because I know that cleaners and chemicals are a large contributor toward the health concerns the author posted about!

  • February 7 2011 at 9:32 am
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    I would love for you to share what you use! You can post it in a comment here. :)

  • February 7 2011 at 3:35 pm
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    Thank you for commenting Dinah. I bet if you research the ingredients in the 'green clean' solutions that you use, you will find that the base ingredient is either baking soda or vinegar. Nothing wrong with that-if it was good enough for grandma, it is good enough for me. Besides that, it works!!

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