[Patricia] Day 7: Watch out for VOC ingredients in cleaning products. Seriously.

Jul 15, 2013

Ecopique - Cleaning ProductsHold your breath! Literally. Here’s why:

Beauty products are everywhere and always fun to discover and sample, but household products play into our everyday lives more than we think. I’m sitting near the kitchen counter now and count 5 different products in my direct view from hand soaps to laundry detergent. What worries me most is that these products come into contact with our bodies through not only touch, but by inhalation. I compare it to second hand smoke. You’re not directly smoking, but you’re still inhaling harsh chemicals that can deteriorate your organ’s slowly.

I recently discovered that many cleaning products release terrible chemicals that are called volatile organic compounds (VOC). VOC chemicals can contribute to chronic respiratory problems that get worse with time. Per the American Lung Association, there are many products that label themselves as “natural” or “green”, but still have many VOC ingredients. Main ones to stay away from include Formaldehyde found in wood cleaner, Acetone in rubbing alcohol, and 1,4-dichlorobenzene found in air freshers. For more examples check out this .gov health site. It’s worth checking out.

So what could we start doing now to help rid our living environment of these toxic chemicals? Here are some tips from an American Lung Association article:

As a safer cleaning alternative, warm water and soap often will do the trick, especially at home. Baking soda is good for scrubbing. A mix of vinegar and water can clean glass.

When using cleaning or household products, keep the area well ventilated. Open windows and doors. Never use cleaning products in a small, enclosed space.

This weekend I’m going to try these home remedy cleaning tactics. Stay tuned for my reviews on how they go! If you get to it before I do, I’d love to hear your reviews below.



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