Non Toxic Cleaning
Top Ingredients To Avoid For Safer Disinfecting
Disinfecting is always an important step in protecting ourselves from sickness-causing germs, but it’s been especially important since the pandemic began. However, many conventional cleaning products contain powerful chemicals that can have some pretty scary adverse effects on our health. Fact: daily exposure to cleaning products has been proven to be as damaging to our health as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day over the long term. And that research was on adults! Children (and, even more so, children with asthma and allergies) are especially at risk when it comes to this exposure. This is in part because given their smaller size, children bear a proportionately higher toxic load from what they eat, breathe and touch relative to adults. Kids are also developing at lightning speed and exposure to cleaning chemicals can damage these developing systems. Researchers estimate chemical exposures contribute to as much as 5% of childhood cancer and 30% of childhood asthma. Another surprising fact is that about 40% of US children and 30% of US adults have asthma or allergies. The reason this is important is that the CDC recommends that the 2 most common disinfectant ingredients, bleach and quaternary ammonium (quats), not be used around people with asthma or allergies. To help you look for safer disinfectant products, here are the top ingredients to avoid.