Even those homeowners who swore to stick to all-natural cleaning solutions, the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown now finds them stocking up on all types of chemical cleaners. In fact, many have invited more chemical cleaning solutions into their homes in these last 3 months than they did in years.
But then you may be wondering- ‘How Is This A Bad Thing?’
Well, the truth is most manufacturers and developers are giving more emphasis on their cleaning product’s ability to remove stubborn dirt and stains than how they affect the user’s skin, internal and sensory organs and biological systems. Many common cleaning products stocked up homeowners in desperation contain numerous toxic chemicals which when exposed can cause health complications. And that makes them very dangerous to use and store in your house, particularly with toddlers or pets roaming without a care in the world.
The wise choice would be to carefully inspect the list of ingredients present in these chemical cleaners. Here’s educating you on the ones you should look to avoid when sorting out your cleaning product.
i) Perchloroethylene (PERC)
This is a common chemical found in most fabric cleaners available in the market, including the ones used to dry clothes and pull beverages and food from the carpet surface. PERC is mainly a neurotoxin and carcinogen which when inhaled while performing carpet cleaning or washing fabrics can bring about long-term health complications.
It is another common toxic chemical found in a host of multi-purpose house cleaning products, even in sprays used to clean windows. It is mainly a glycol ether solvent consists of a distinctively sweet, floral odour that helps break down those stubborn oil and dirt from carpets, upholstery and even curtains. But the downside to it is if exposed, it can cause severe kidney and liver damage along with pulmonary edema and narcosis.
Formaldehyde is a chemical commonly included in most popular and easily available heavy-duty cleaning products.
Getting exposed to it while performing regular home cleaning chores can cause ALS – Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis- a neurodegenerative disease known to hamper the brain’s body controlling ability!
Regular exposure over a sustained period can also cause severe nervous system damage along with shifting the chemical balance in the brain leading to abrupt mood swings, irritability, insomnia, headaches, depression, etc.
iv) Sodium Hydroxide
Most quality oven cleaning solutions, drain cleaners and clog removers contain Sodium Hydroxide which helps corrode clumps of hardened skin, hair and baked-in food particles. Even a mild exposure either by inhaling or skin contact can lead to severe unwanted reactions in sensitive skin areas. In some instances; you may even experience a burning sensation on your skin and throat for days.
Your regular glass cleaner or surface polisher contains a decent concentration of Ammonia which is also known to cause irritations in the human tissue. They prove very effective in breaking down adamant stains and achieving a streak-free shine surface wherever they are used. But the downside to it is it can cause breathing problems, even lung complications. Severe exposure to it over a period can also lead to permanent damage to the cardiovascular system along with the mucus membrane.
You know that Chlorine is a chemical used to clean your swimming pool. But what you don’t know is that the same chemical is used in concentrated form in your usual laundry whiteners, toilet bowl cleaners and even in products which help remove mildew from different surfaces.
Prolonged exposure to Chlorine can cause the Thyroid function to disrupt and even lead to chronic dryness and irritable skin.
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Considering the kind of health risks each of these toxic chemicals can cause to you and your loved ones avoid using them when performing your usual house cleaning chores as much as possible.
The right approach would be to refer DIY cleaning tutorials and come up natural and safe-to-use home-based cleaning solutions.
Or you can simply Call Us and schedule an appointment with our experts offering house cleaning services across Brighton, Kew and other nearby suburbs in Melbourne.
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