can using environmentally friendly products be good for your health?
Tried and Trusted?
Many of the ordinary cleaning products that are used around the home have been around for many years. This can lure us into a false sense of security when it comes to health. More and more, people are suffering from illnesses like allergies, asthma, sinusitis or bronchitis. There is evidence that some of this could be reduced by also reducing the number of synthetic chemicals that are used in the home.
Many manufacturers claim that the amount of toxic substances in their products is too minute to cause any harm. However, it is the continued use over time, and the build up of the chemicals both in the surrounding environment and our bodies that has the harmful effect.
So, what are the main culprits, where are they found, and what can you replace them with?
- 1. Sodium Hydroxide
An ingredient in: Drain unblockers.
Health risks: Sodium hydroxide is extremely corrosive and can cause severe burns to skin and eyes. If it is breathed in, it can cause a sore throat that lasts for days.
An alternative: Fragile Earth Drain Degreaser. Bacterial action unblocks and protects future blockages with a bio-film.
- 2. Ammonia
An ingredient in: Glass cleaners.
Health risks: Ammonia is a powerful irritant and the danger comes from inhalation. Anyone with ashthma or breathing problems can be affected. People with a high exposure to ammonia, like cleaners, will often develop chronic bronchitis and asthma.
An alternative: Fragile Earth Glass and Mirror Cleaner cleans glass and mirror without leaving a film, smears or streaks. It is an ammonia, soap, acid and solvent free concentrated cleaner.
- 3. Chlorine
An ingredient in: Toilet bowl cleaners.
Health risks: Chlorine is an irritant and can be harmful to the skin if it comes into contact with the substance, and it is also harmful to the respiratory system if inhaled.
An alternative: Fragile Earth Toilet Cleaner is a safe alternative to keep your toilet sparkling clean and hygienic. It's also great for removing limescale.
- 4. 2-Butoxyethanol
An ingredient in: Kitchen and multipurpose cleaners.
Health risks: This chemical is in the category of glycol ethers. Inhalation causes sore throats, but prolonged exposure can lead to serious health effects like liver and kidney damage. If this product is used somewhere with poor ventilation the amount of the chemical in the air can be very high.
Alternatives: Fragile Earth Kitchen Cleaner is a hard surface kitchen cleaner and sanitiser with a broad spectrum anti-bacterial action. It can be used in the kitchen on worktops, tiles, floors, cupboards, fridges, microwaves and other equipment. Fragile Earth All Purpose Cleaner is an environmentally friendly biological cleaner that is specifically formulated to clean dirt from a wide variety of surfaces including carpets, tiles, vinyl flooring, fabric, upholstery and hard surfaces.
- 5. Quarternary Ammonium Compounds, or QUATS
An ingredient in: Anti bacterial household cleaners
Health risks: QUATS are an antimicrobial, and they are a problem because they help promote the breeding of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. They are also a skin irritant and there is evidence that inhalation can lead to asthma.
An alternative: Fragile Earth Anti Bacterial Cleaner is effective on a wide range of hard surfaces and removes common dirt and grime with broad spectrum anti-bacterial action against bacteria such as MRSA, ECOLI for example.