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Is Spring Cleaning a Health Risk?

Is Spring Cleaning a Health Risk?
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It’s time for spring cleaning, but before you pull out the spray bottles and solvents, researchers at the Environmental Working Group (EWG) say you should double-check what you’re using to sanitize.

On Tuesday, the EWG, a non-profit public-health advocacy in Washington, D.C., released its “Cleaners Hall of Shame” — a list of popular cleaning supplies that may potentially pose a hazard to your health.

According to the EWG’s research team, which consists of toxicologists, chemists, public health officials and lawyers, many common household cleaners that claim to be safe or non-toxic could be harmful, especially to kids who might ingest them or breathe in their fumes. Many products contain ingredients that have been banned in other countries for links to ailments including blindness and cancer, according to the EWG, and others have been “greenwashed,” meaning that contrary to their marketing claims, they are not actually environmentally friendly. Other products simply do not offer enough information about their ingredients to make an informed judgment about their safety, the EWG said.

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Buttoned Up: Still cleaning with toxic chemicals?
News from Taunton Daily Gazette:

Sadly, many of the sweet-smelling, bubbly concoctions we use to clean our homes are poisonous if ingested and can be harmful if inhaled or even touched.

It’s a disturbing thought: The very things you are using to make your house sparkle and shine are actually making it toxic. But more and more Americans are starting to make the shift to cleaners that are more environmentally friendly.

It is time we all made the shift and eliminated cleaning toxins from our homes. To help you make the change, we’ve done some research and gone on the hunt for affordable “green” alternatives and listed them for you here.

The top four toxic compounds to avoid

1. Drain, oven and toilet cleaners containing ammonia or chlorine bleach. By far the most acutely dangerous products are corrosive drain cleaners, oven cleaners and acidic toilet cleaners. Corrosive agents can cause severe burns to the skin, eyes and esophagus. These items also typically contain chlorine bleach and ammonia, which not only have highly irritating fumes but also combine with other chemicals to produce lung-damaging gasses, such as chlorine gas.

2. Laundry detergents, disinfectants, laundry stain removers and citrus cleaners/degreasers. These products often contain a class of chemicals called alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs). Because they disappear down the drain, they get into our water……………. continues on Taunton Daily Gazette

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