As we learn more about those things that pose a risk for cancer and other illnesses, we realize that many of our household cleaning products are on that list. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American household has between 3-25 gallons of cleaning products that contain hazardous chemicals, many of them potential carcinogens. These products are found in everyday items such as clothes and dishwasher detergents, floor cleaners, bleach, air fresheners, and others. Studies show that repeated exposure to these chlorine based compounds can increase one’s risk for cancer.
So, what steps can we take?
- Store the products away from common living areas (like a garage) and definitely out of children’s reach.
- Always wear thick rubber gloves when interacting with these products.
- Open your windows after using carpet cleaner to clear out any residual vapors.
- Hang your clothes from the dry cleaners outside on the porch, garage or balcony for 24 hours to rid them of the perchloro-ethylene vapors.
- Step outside into the fresh air and breathe in deeply after doing housework. If you can, take a walk or jog, to oxygenate the lungs and body.
- Buy natural or organic products that contain way fewer toxic chemicals.
- Always keep emergency numbers handy in the event of toxic levels of interaction with any of these products.
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