Undoubtedly, any one of us could look in a cupboard and under the sink and find bottles and cans of household cleaners that contain the harshest and most toxic of chemicals. But do we really need them?
Don’t get me wrong… I want my house clean and germ-free too, but what if the means to that end requires us to spray, scrub and wash surfaces that we touch… that our kids touch countless times every day… with harsh chemicals? Kinda sounds like we’re defeating our purpose!
- Bleach – can cause irritation & burns, and edema or coma if ingested
- Mold & Mildew Cleaners – contents include known carcinogens and chemicals that can cause fluid in the lungs, memory loss and shortness of breath
- Oven Cleaners – can cause irritation & burns, and effect reflexes and tissue if ingested
- Ammonia – damaging to eyes, respiratory tract and skin
- Air Fresheners – commonly contains formaldehyde, a known carcinogen
- Dishwasher Detergent – contains highly concentrated/highly poisonous chlorine in a dry form
- Laundry Products – contains elements that can cause liver damage and can irritate and/or burn skin, eyes, mucous membranes and the respiratory tract
- Carpet & Upholstery Shampoo – contains a known carcinogen that damages the kidneys, liver and nervous system, plus irritants & burning contents
- Toilet Bowl Cleaners – contents can damage kidneys and the liver, irritate skin and eyes, and cause edema or coma if ingested
- Drain Cleaners – contains elements that can damage kidneys, liver & the digestive tract, and depress the nervous system
Are you scared yet? I know I am! If you want more details and the actual chemical contents, click here, but I assure you, you won’t like what you read. It convinced me that I really, really need to give up a bunch of these commercial cleaners!
We already know that it can clean a clogged drain like a champ, but did you also know it can: cut grease, brighten your laundry, remove mineral deposits and stains, clean tarnished metals, remove carpet stains, clean the floor, remove stains from clothing and (what we all want)… kill germs and sanitize!
The only other thing that comes to mind is “do they sell vinegar in barrels” (!?!).