Although may appear harmless, cleaning products, especially those labeled as “antibacterial,” contain various toxic chemicals, allergens, and irritants that are deadly when used long-term, according to an article published on the website NaturalHealth365.com.
Some of the commonly used toxic ingredients in these many cleaning products are the following:
Cosmetic and personal care products may seem less toxic than household cleaning products and laundry detergents. However, when ingested in small amounts, they can still cause problems in the gastrointestinal tract, such as vomiting and diarrhea. Soap poisoning, on the other hand, causes several symptoms: difficulty breathing; swelling of the throat, lips, or tongue; chemical burns on the skin; vision loss; burns to the throat or esophagus; severe stomach pain, and; low blood pressure. Long-term exposure to these chemicals can result in life-threatening complications, which include brain damage, organ damage, and death of tissues. (Related: Household Cleaning Products could be Making You Sick.)
These side effects are more worrisome because cleaning products like personal care products and cosmetics are the leading cause of accidental exposures for children below five years old, while laundry detergents and household cleaning products come second. One of the main reasons children tend to accidentally ingest these products accidentally is because they mistake them for beverages or candy, especially the ones that are brightly colored.
According to a report by the National Poison Control Center (NPCC), a poison exposure is reported in the U.S. every 15 seconds. In 2015 alone, the NPCC received more than two million reports, with about 47 percent of accidental ingestion cases involving children below five years old. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 300 children and teenagers are rushed to the emergency room due to poisoning every day, with two children dying each day.
You can avoid cleaning products with toxic ingredients by making your own natural cleaning solutions. Even without the chemicals or toxic ingredients, natural cleaning products are effective and powerful cleaning agents. Since they are non-toxic, they are also gentle to the skin. Here are some alternative natural cleaning agents you can use:
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