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Thursday, March 28, 2024 2:16 PM

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Some cleaning products are more toxic than others. But if you are trying to disinfect your home, chances are the chemicals in the products are going to be to varying degree toxic. 

An easy example is bleach. Its active ingredient is sodium hydrochlorite. The National Library of medicine ( states:  It is known as an irritant and there are some reports that it can also cause allergic contact dermatitis of type IV hypersensitivity. The degree of damage depends on exposure time: short exposures cause only temporary damage, but long exposures cause skin irritation, damage, and irritability. At high concentration, chemical damage such as burning pain, redness, edema, watering, or necrosis can also occur. 

You can go to and search different substances to get different article links with data on the substance. 

Here are common home cleaning products to watch for -
Taken from the book “Staying Healthy with Nutrition.” 
By Elson M Haas, MD 

• Detergents and fabric softeners – these may cause eye irritation and allergies. 
• Spray starch – containing phenol, formaldehyde (aerosol), these are airborne irritants. 
• Dry cleaning spot removers – the toxic solvent perchloroethylene can irritate the liver and nervous system. Wash and dry your own clothes when possible. 
• Chlorine bleach – this should not be mixed with ammonia or vinegar, as the resulting chloramines can be toxic fumes. 
• Ammonia – This may cause a rash or irritate the eyes and skin, especially in aerosols. 
• Drain cleaners – caustic lye (sodium hydroxide) is very toxic to skin and when ingested. 
• Furniture and floor polish – containing nitrobenzene, naphthalene, and phenols, this group of toxins can disrupt the activity of our red blood cells and increase our risk of certain cancers. 
• Air fresheners – containing phenol, cresol, ethanol, and xylene, this group of toxins can disrupt our liver metabolism, lung capacity, and genetic processes. 
• Germ-killing disinfectants – containing cresol, phenol, ethanol, and formaldehyde, these can be very irritating to our respiratory and nervous systems.
• Mold cleaners – containing phenol, kerosene, and formaldehyde, these can be especially irritating to the eyes. 
• Carpet shampoo and upholstery cleaner – containing perchloroethylene, ethanol, ammonia, and other detergents, this group of toxins can disrupt activity in our nervous and endocrine systems. 
• Dishwasher detergents – containing chlorine and other detergents, these should not be mixed with ammonia or ingested because chlorine gas and ammonia can mix to form chloramine gas that can cause respiratory and immune system problems. 

You can find less toxic or natural cleaners is you shop at Whole Foods, Sprouts, or online at
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