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HELLO POLICE I THINK MY
HOUSEHOLD CLEANING PRODUCTS
ARE TRYING TO KILL ME

American advertisers have us all believe our homes are filled with germs and disease so we should be cleaning our homes and disinfecting them all of the time. They tell us of new and improved products which will protect our families' health by killing germs on every surface we touch. Unfortunately, what the advertisers do not tell us is that our cleaning products contain chemicals that may actually be harmful to our health.

This is dangerous for all of us, but especially for women and children since certain chemicals in cleaning products has been linked to reproductive harm like reduced fertility, birth defects, and increased risk of breast cancer, asthma and respiratory disorders, and hormone disruption.

In addition, no law requires cleaning product companies to list all the ingredients in their products on the label, meaning companies can keep toxic chemicals a secret from you. You should be able to look on the product label to avoid certain chemicals if you wish to, just as you can with food and personal care products.

The bottom line is that products you clean your home with shouldn't contain toxic ingredients in the first place.

Here are a few interesting facts:

* Women today are still doing 70% of the housework in the average home.

* The cleaning industry in the US employs about 3.4 million cleaning workers, of this number; women comprise about 90% of all maids and household cleaners.

* Children are often more vulnerable to chemicals because their organs and immune systems are not yet fully developed and certain chemicals may interfere with the development of their neurological, endocrine and immune systems.

Many kitchen cleaner have chemicals that can prove hazardous to young children. Triclosan, a common component of anti bacterial cosmetics, has been found to weaken the immune system. Scientists have reason to believe that children who regularly use Triclosan containing soaps may have little resistance to ward off infections in later life.

Many popular toilet cleaner brands react with bleach to give off chlorine gas which is toxic. Regular use of these products results in several health problems that may or may not be curable.

Also, many people find that they develop skin problems from using traditional chemical based cleaning products. Accidentally spilling some strong cleaners on your hands or face could result in serious consequences. Sensitive organs like the eyes may sustain permanent damage from such spillage. Inhaling the fumes of some chemical based cleaners leads to respiratory problems even in healthy adults. Small children or those with existing respiratory issues may be affected very badly indeed.

The bottom line is that we know very little about the long term health impacts of chronic exposure to chemicals in household cleaning products. While additional studies are needed in order to fully ascertain the safety of using these cleaning supplies over the course of a lifetime, the potential health impacts associated with exposure to certain chemicals present a significant cause for concern.

Going green when looking for household cleaners or cleaning supplies for your office and home is a good way to ensure that you avoid all of these problems. This ensures your good health and that of people around you. In addition, you can also make sure that you are not responsible for polluting your environment any further by allowing toxic residues to escape into the atmosphere or mix with the underground water table through your drainage system. Remember that every time that you use a toxic cleaner you add more pollutants to your surroundings that ultimately affect your quality of life. Start using eco friendly cleaning products today to make a real difference to the world.

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