From fragrances and phthalates to ammonia and quats, there is a laundry list of toxic ingredients that you do not want to be exposing yourself and your family to through your cleaning products. Here are the top two to avoid if you possibly can.
1. Sodium Hypochlorite (Bleach)
Bleach is an effective antimicrobial agent and an extremely common ingredient in household cleaning products and disinfectants. Bleach is rated as one of the most dangerous types of disinfecting ingredients, associated with a long list of adverse health risks including cancer and reproductive toxicity, and is one of the most common sources of deadly poisoning in children. When mixed with other cleaning agents, like ammonia, bleach produces chlorine gas vapors that can be deadly.
Bleach is a respiratory irritant and the CDC recommends that it should be not be used around people with asthma or allergies. (Note that the CDC also recommends avoiding cleaning products with fragrances, given fragrances can also trigger asthma attacks). Many people don’t know that bleach is also an asthmagen, meaning it can cause asthma, not just trigger attacks in people who already have asthma.
Another reason to think twice about reaching for bleach is that its long term use, along with other disinfectants, has been linked to a significantly higher risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This was one of the few studies looking at the long term impact of disinfectant exposure, and the study assessed lung health of 55,000 nurses in the US over 30 years.
To avoid disinfectants with bleach, avoid products listing sodium hypochlorite or chlorine bleach on their labels.
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