Think once again if you assume that whatever “cleaning product” is very safe and cannot be harmful. What sort of steps you can take to protect your loved ones from chemical injury and poisoning.

World wild 12 million cases of poisoning are due to household cleaning material consumption, every year. Some of these cases have been fatal. Every year, thousands of children, adults and pets are being permanently disfigured or injured as a result of contact with chemicals in the household products.

Since 1947 more than 86.000 synthetic chemicals have been invented. The sad part of the story is that most of these chemicals have never been tested for safety, but have been added to our food, water and cleaning products without even asking us and often without any warnings of danger. Nowadays there is lot of intentional pressure on this industry which invents about 1000 new products every year.

More than 80% of the chemicals which are used in every day-use product provide no toxic information, as per the National Research Council. On the test front, less than 20% have been tested for acute effects and less than 10% have been tested for chronic, reproductive or mutagenic effects. Most of the chemicals have not been tested for combined or accumulated effects, or for their effects on unborn children.

This is a list of some of the most hazardous cleansers found around the house:

  • AIR FRESHENERS: (methoxychlor, formaldehyde, carcinogen, phenol ) In case the skin comes in contact with the phenol, it may result in swelling, burns, peeling of skin, and break out in hives.
  • AMMONIA: (Phosphine, Arsine, Stibine, Hydrazine, Hydrazoic acid ) Ammonia is a highly volatile chemical and can damage your eyes, respiratory tract and skin.
  • ANTIBACTERIAL CLEANERS: (triclosan) which is absorbed through the skin and cause damage to your lever.
  • BLEACH: (sodium hypochlorite, lye, oxygen bleach, hydrogen peroxide, calcium hypochlorite ) In case you come in contact with this it will irritate or burn the skin, eyes and respiratory tract. It may cause pulmonary edema or vomiting and coma if ingested. (You should never, try to mix bleach with acid toilet bowl cleaners or ammonia. These mixtures can produce fumes which can be considered DEADLY).
  • CARPET AND UPHOLSTERY SHAMPOO: (perchlorethylene, carcinogen, ammonium hydroxide) can damage liver, kidney, nervous system, irritating to eyes, skin and respiratory passages.
  • CHLORINE: (sodium hypochlorite, calcium hypochlorite, sodium chlorate, potassium chlorate, chloric acid ) The main cause of breast cancer is the chlorine and it can prove very lethal. The deadly effects of chlorine get enhanced when the fumes are being heated, as is the case in a shower.
  • FURNITURE POLISH: (petroleum distillates, nitrobenzene) extremely toxic and can be easily absorbed through the skin, these polishes can cause damage skin and lung cancer.
  • LAUNDRY ROOM PRODUCTS: (Phosphorus, enzymes, ammonia, naphthalene, phenol, sodium nitilotriacetate and countless other chemicals are the main contents of the laundry cleaning materials). These materials are very harmful and may cause rashes, itches, allergies, sinus problems and more.
  • OVEN CLEANER: ( Lye, ammonia) One of the most toxic agents used in household, which can eat out the skin and the fumes, can damage the respiratory system.
  • TOILET BOWL CLEANERS: (Hydrochloric acid, Hypochlorite bleach, Hydrochloric acid). Corrosive and can irritation to skin and eyes and may damage kidneys and liver, respiratory tract, pulmonary edema, vomiting or coma if ingested. If the se cleaners come in contact with other type of cleaners may produce chlorine which is very fatal.

By European and American Association of Poison Control Centers 2010.


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