What You Need To Know About Cleaning Product SafetyLike many consumers, you might assume that the ingredients in the cleaning products you use have been tested for safety. Sadly, out of 62,000 chemicals in use today, only about 300 have been tested for safety. Common ingredients in cleaning products like fragrances, disinfectants (like bleach and ammonia) and preservatives have been linked to serious health issues like cancer, asthma, allergies, and endocrine disruption. And the impact on our children is particularly worrisome. The Children’s Environmental Health Network, created to raise awareness about the environmental health risks our children face each day, highlights that children are disproportionately impacted by environmental toxins in 3 ways:
- Because they’re little, they breathe, eat & drink 3 times as much per pound of body weight as we do.
- Their typical behaviors like crawling & putting everything into their mouths expose them to more risk.
- Their body systems (nervous, endocrine, respiratory, etc) are still developing.