Monday, November 16, 2009

Toxicity Homes

It's difficult for consumers to know whether their favorite cleaner contains the chemical because manufacturers aren't required to list it on the label. Neither the state nor the federal government regulates indoor air pollution, for instance how the cleaners might degrade air inside a home.

Many cleaning products found today in the marketplace contain ingredients that can be harmful to human health.

Many people are unaware that these modern day conveniences are actually harming them so the least you can do is to inform others of the dangers they are facing every time they use household products.

If you are wondering if or why the cleaners you use may not be safe for you and the environment, the following information will help you understand and make a conscience decision when you buy and use cleaning products.

Household Cleaners Causing Health Problems

Scientists say most people spend about 90 percent of their time indoors. Babies, elderly people and sick people spend almost all of their time inside.

Indoor air in the home has been found to have five times higher toxic chemical concentrations than outdoor air. A five-year study by US Environmental Protection Agency showed many indoor samples to be 70 times more toxic.

The breakdown of products coming from laundry detergents was found in 70% of the North American streams by the U.S. Geological Survey. The chemicals cause harm to the fish, frogs, turtles along with other aquatic life.

Cancer in smokers is the result of daily exposure to the trace amounts of carcinogens in cigarettes.

In the same way, people who are exposed daily to low levels of carcinogens in their cleaning products face the same risks. Chemicals in household products also put the user at risk from nervous system damage, kidney damage, liver damage and asthma. Children are especially vulnerable to the fumes released by these products.

In 1993, 1.8 million human poisonings were reported to the poison control centers in the U.S. 92% of the incidences took place in the home and 60% of the cases involved children under the age of five.

Chemicals may make household cleaning easier, but not always safer.

\Studies show that some chemical ingredients used in cleaning products increase the risk of long-term health problems, such as cancer and asthma, as well as short-term health problems, such as headaches and skin irritation. Chemicals that pose health risks are often considered toxic. Children exposed to toxic chemicals in household cleaning products may become more susceptible to cancers, later in life. This risk can be avoided or minimized as there are many inexpensive and non-toxic cleaning product alternatives. 
For List of Hazard Chemical in Cleaning Products Click Here

Some More Facts 
  The National Cancer Institute has a list of 20 known carcinogens (cancer causing substances) and over 2,200 chemicals that are probable carcinogens. Many of these chemicals are in the cleaners and personal care products you buy at your local store.

Over 150 chemicals commonly found in homes have been linked to allergies, birth defects, cancer, psychological abnormalities, skin reactions, headaches, depression, joint pain, chronic fatigue, chest pains, dizziness, loss of sleep, asthma, etc.

Dish washing detergent accounts for more accidental poisonings than any other household substance.

Dandruff shampoo, if swallowed, causes vital organs to degenerate.

Regular shampoos often contain formaldehyde (used to preserve bodies) as a preservative.
Insect spray can remain active and airborne in your home for up to 30 years.

Toxic chemicals found in the home are three times more likely to cause cancer than out-door airborne pollutants.

A large percentage of homes have chemical levels that are up to 70% higher inside the home than outside.

The average American home has 3-10 gallons of hazardous material.

This Article was by Michelle At People's Natural Living:

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