Cleanliness is Next to Godliness
Are your household cleaners toxic?
Probably. Many household cleaners contribute to indoor air pollution, are poisonous if ingested, and can be harmful if inhaled or touched. In fact, some cleaners are among the most toxic products found in the home. Fragrances added to many cleaners, most notably laundry detergents and fabric softeners, may cause acute effects such as respiratory irritation, headache, sneezing, and watery eyes in sensitive individuals or allergy and asthma sufferers.
What ingredients should I avoid?
Sudsing agents diethanolamine (DEA) and triethanolamine (TEA) and 1,4-dioxane, are suspected carcinogens. Butyl cellosolve (also known as ethylene glycol monobutyl ether), which may cause damage to the brain and nervous system. The alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs) used in some detergents and cleaners have been shown to mimic the hormone estrogen.
Look through all of the products you use to clean your house. Are they toxic? Is it time for an upgrade?
Changing the way you do laundry
Get rid of your fabric softener and dryer sheets. The harmful ingredients in dryer sheets and liquid fabric softener include benzyl acetate (linked to pancreatic cancer), benzyl alcohol (an upper respiratory tract irritant), ethanol (linked to central nervous system disorders), limonene (a known carcinogen) and chloroform (a neurotoxin and carcinogen), among others. Replace with a sulfate-free natural liquid laundry detergent and fabric softener wool dryer balls. If you like your clothes to have a fresh smell, try adding a few drops of essential oils to the wool dryer balls prior to putting them in the dryer.