Natural Cleaning

?This is my entire cleaning cabinet. Want to know why???

? Environmental Working Group’s investigation of more than 2,000 cleaning supplies on the market found many contain substances linked to serious health problems. EWG concludes that:

?Fumes from cleaning products may induce asthma in otherwise healthy individuals. A large and growing body of evidence links frequent use of many ordinary cleaning supplies at home or on the job with development of asthma and other respiratory problems.

?Common cleaning ingredients can be laced with the carcinogenic impurity 1,4-dioxane. Independent tests have detected the presence of 1,4-dioxane in numerous name-brand cleaning supplies. Other products contain preservatives that release low levels of cancer-causing formaldehyde.

??Children born to women who held cleaning jobs while pregnant have an elevated risk of birth defects, according to a 2010 study by the New York State Department of Health.

?Some cleaners can cause chemical burns and poisonings as well as less severe irritations and allergies.

??Despite these health concerns, cleaning product labels often do not give consumers enough information about ingredients to make informed decisions on which ones are safe.

????Government agencies and independent research institutions have not adequately evaluated the safety of numerous substances found in cleaning products. Although government scientific and regulatory agencies have focused considerable attention on chemicals suspected of causing cancer, they have devoted far fewer resources to evaluating substances that may be toxic to the brain and nervous system, the hormone system and other organs. Investigating the risks of cleaning products to public health and the environment should be an urgent priority. Yet the problem remains largely hidden from the view of the American consumer.

?Inadequate assessment of the long-term health consequences of exposure to potent chemicals in cleaners stems in large part from the absence of federal regulations requiring safety tests & setting legally-binding upper limits on toxic ingredients and impurities.

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