Cleaning products are everywhere in our homes and most are petroleum-based. They have a dire effect on our health and the environment. EPA research has shown that the air inside a typical home is 2 to 5 times more polluted that the air outside its walls. Indoor air pollution is mostly caused by toxic chemical products like household cleaners. The EPA also found household cleaners 3 times more likely to cause cancer than pollution. Hundreds of chemicals found in homes have been linked to allergies, birth defects, cancer and psychological issues.
Thousands of children die every year from household poisonings. Medical journals have reported 202 cleaning chemicals that are increasing incidents of autism, attention deficit disorder and other developmental conditions in children. Chemicals are on the rugs they sit on, the tables they eat on and the toys they play with. These chemicals can also be harmful to unborn children - one reason why pregnant women are cautioned to restrict their use of household chemicals.
Most household cleaners are toxic to pets. Some ingredients in everyday household cleaners are known to cause cancer in animals and are suspected to cause cancer in humans. Pets are particularly at risk, since they spend most of their time on the floor where many chemicals collect. When pets lick their paws and coat, they are ingesting potentially harmful toxins.
More than 20 millions gallons of household cleaning products are dumped down the drain each day. Many of these products contain toxic substances that are not processed by sewage treatment plants and septic systems. Chemicals in household cleaners break down slowly in the ecosystem and accumulate in the fatty tissues of fish and wildlife.
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