Q Post 1010-CHEMICALS PUSHED FOR HOME USE CLEANING [CANCER][BABY ON FLOOR-HANDS IN MOUTH – THE START]
♦️ 1985 EPA report concluded that the toxic chemicals in household cleaners are three times more likely to cause cancer than outdoor air pollution. Also, a report by the Consumer Product Safety Commission on chemicals commonly found in homes identified 150 that have been linked to allergies, birth defects, cancer and psychological abnormalities. With windows sealed shut in the winter to conserve heat and save energy, and in the summer to hold in the cool air-conditioned air, these toxins build up to higher and higher levels.
Household cleaning products are among the most toxic substances we encounter daily. In one study conducted over a 15-year period, women who cleaned their own homes had a 54% higher death rate from cancer than women who did not. The study concluded that the increased death rate was due to daily exposure to hazardous chemicals found in ordinary household products. In addition to their inherent toxicity, these products also create tons of toxic waste which is disposed of in the environment in the form of air and water pollution and solid toxic waste.
♦️The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency names phosphorus, nitrogen, ammonia and chemicals grouped under the term “Volatile Organic Compounds” as the worst environmental hazards in household cleaners.
According to the Canadian Labour Environmental Alliance Society, dishwasher detergents are 30 to 40 percent phosphorus.
Ammonia is a multipurpose household cleaner that is found in many cleaning products that do everything from degreasing to sanitizing and removing allergens. VOCs are found in a wide range of cleaning products. They whiten your clothes, remove grease from dishes and disinfect as bathroom cleaners, among other uses. Nitrogen is found in glass and surface cleaning products; this chemical is found in floor cleaners as well.
♦️The dirty truth about cleaning products
Don’t look to the government for help on this one. The government only requires companies to list “chemicals of known concern” on their labels. The key word here is “known.” The fact is that the government has no idea whether most of the chemicals used in everyday cleaning products are safe because it doesn’t test them, and it doesn’t require manufacturers to test them either. Actually, under the terms of the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which administers the act, can’t require chemical companies to prove the safety of their products unless the agency itself can show the product poses a health risk — which the EPA does not have the resources to do since, according to one estimate, it receives some two thousand new applications for approval every year. How tough is their review? You decide: In 2003, according to the Environmental Working Group, an agency watchdog, the EPA approved most applications in three weeks, even though more than half had provided no information on toxicity at all.
♦️Chemicals in Swiffer
♦️Chemicals in Clorox Scentiva Disinfecting Wet Mopping Pad Refills for Floor Cleaning,
♦️90% of Baby Socks Found To Contain Bisphenol A and Parabens
♦️Worst Cleaners: EWG’s List Of Most Harmful Cleaning Products For Your Home
According to the EWG study, 53 percent of cleaning products under review contained lung-harming ingredients. In addition, well-known carcinogens like formaldehyde and chloroform were found in several cleaners.
Just 7 percent of cleaning products adequately disclosed their contents. To uncover what’s in common household cleaners, EWG’s staff scientists spent 14 months scouring product labels and digging through company websites and technical documents. EWG staff reviewed each ingredient against 15 U.S. and international toxicity databases and numerous scientific and medical journals.
However, EWG does suggest some cleaners that are better for your health and the environment, such as Green Shield Organic and Whole Foods’ Green Mission brand. Don’t be fooled by “green” labels though, since other eco-friendly products can be misleading with their claims.
In an effort to minimize the negative effects of some chemical cleaners, common household items can often be great substitutes, Real Simple Magazine suggests. Lemon, cooking oil, vinegar and baking soda are just a few multipurpose cleaning items you may find in your closet.
If you opt to use store-bought cleaners, know your products. Below is a portion of EWG’s list of cleaners that found a place in the Cleaners Hall of Shame. Some products are potentially fatal if inhaled or swallowed, some are reportedly made with knowingly high-hazard ingredients, and others utilize materials that have actually been banned in other countries.
♦️What Cleaners are Safe for Babies?
According to the Children’s Mercy Hospital Environmental Health Program, plain baking soda dissolved in water or sprinkled directly on surfaces and wiped with a damp sponge is a safe all-purpose cleaner. For greasy or tough stains, you can mix vinegar and salt for a scrubbing paste. The vinegar cuts the grease and the salt acts as a mild abrasive.
Castile soap, which is a gentle, plant-based liquid soap, can also be used for most of your cleaning needs, according to “Real Simple.” 1 tbsp. of castile soap mixed with 1 quart of warm water can be used to clean your counters, sink, stove or oven. A final wipe with clean water and drying with a soft rag will prevent streaks or film from developing when using any of these cleaners.
Castile soap is an effective cleaner for tile, linoleum and even wood floors. Mix 1/4 cup castile soap with 2 gallons of warm water for basic cleaning. For greasier messes, add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the solution. If you don’t have castile soap on hand, you can use plain vinegar and water to safely clean your floors.
To add shine to your floors after cleaning, use a one-to-one ratio of vegetable oil and vinegar and rub onto your floors with a soft rag. For linoleum floors, add skim milk to water and damp mop for a clean shine, advises Children’s Mercy Hospital Environmental Health Program.
If you have carpets in your house, baking soda is a safe deodorizer to keep them smelling and looking fresh. Sprinkle baking soda on your rug or carpet and let it sit for 15 minutes or more, then vacuum. For stains on carpets, the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality suggests using club soda to lift the stain. Pour a small amount of club soda on the stain and blot immediately with a dry, clean cloth. Repeat until the stain has faded.
Tub and Tile Cleaners
Commercial bathroom cleaners are notoriously harsh, so finding safer solutions when you have a baby in the house makes sense. For the toilet bowl, the Georgia Division of Public Health suggests using a toilet scrub brush with either plain baking soda or castile soap. For soap scum in the shower or tub, a mixture of vinegar and baking soda will make a mild abrasive that will cut through the scum and leave your shower sparkling clean.
Vinegar is also effective against mold and mildew in the bathroom. The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality recommends washing with equal parts vinegar and salt to scrub off mildew stains and deter further growth.
♦️What are the risks to my child if I use household cleaning products?
Children can be sensitive to the chemicals in everyday cleaning products, especially if they have allergies or asthma. Because children spend 80% to 90% of their time indoors, cleaning products can pose health risks for them.
Household cleaning products can add to indoor air pollution in many ways:
- They send toxins out into the air when they are used.
- Residue can be left on indoor surfaces (like the floors and tables).
- They gradually send toxins out into the home when they’re stored.
The strong chemicals in cleaning products may cause even more cleaning power than what is needed. Some of these products are strong poisons and others contain ingredients that may be toxic.
Products that are poisonous or corrosive (can burn holes in clothes and eat away layers of skin) are marked with hazard symbols. But these warnings are only used for the most dangerous ingredients. This is a big problem because:
- Many more chemicals are used that aren’t as deadly but can still make you sick
- Most haven’t been fully tested for safety (for long-term, low-level, and multiple-exposures)
- Some may be harmful to babies in the womb.
- Some may be harmful to children at different stages of development.
Safer products are often available and should be used instead.
Avoid organic solvents, especially if you are pregnant – they can be dangerous to a developing foetus. Organic solvents may be responsible for causing birth defects and harming a foetus’s developing nervous system. Organic solvents evaporate at room temperature and you can easily smell them (for example, nail polish remover). Solvents are found in many common products like spot removers and other cleaners and disinfectants, in dry-cleaning chemicals, degreasers, aerosol sprays, cosmetics and paint strippers. They enter into the body through the skin, lungs and gut, and are spread to various body tissues, including the placenta. They are drawn to fatty tissues, including breast milk.
♦️The Dangers Of Household Bleach: Kids Exposed To Cleaner May Experience Respiratory Illness, Infections
♦️Between April, 2018 and April 2019, (Q posted this April 4, 2018) Clorox has decreased earnings in cleaning products for the first time in there history.
Clorox Reports Third-Quarter Fiscal Year 2019 Results, Updates Outlook, May 1, 2019
The following is a summary of key third-quarter results from continuing operations by reportable segment. All comparisons are with the third quarter of fiscal year 2018, unless otherwise stated.
(Laundry, Home Care, Professional Products)
- 1% sales decrease