Cleaning Products to Avoid if You Have Allergies
Some of the most common allergies that can affect individuals are, believe or not, as a result of your common household cleaning products. They often get misdiagnosed as medical professionals regularly mistake them as changes in the seasons, weather, plants, pollen etc instead of looking at what you are using in your home. As we go about our daily chores, cleaning our homes and looking after our personal hygiene, we are exposed to thousands of different chemicals. The sprays, creams, bleach that we use in our kitchens, living rooms, bathrooms, gardens are a living dream for chemicals that are potentially very harmful to the body.
If you fancy a cheap fright then grab any cleaning product from your house and type any of the main ingredients into google and see what you come back with… You will find that these chemicals are highly toxic and aren’t good for your daily well-being at all even though they are probably marketed as natural and safe for the body. Given the harm these products can cause, particularly to children, it is worth being aware of what they are and the damage they can cause.
Cleaning products contain a range of harmful chemicals which are even worse for you if you have allergies. Formaldehyde is a well-known chemical that in high volumes causes skin irritation in the eyes, ears, nose and throat. In some cases, it can cause asthma and at the very worst it can lead to nose and throat cancer. Another common chemical that can have negative consequences is Ammonia. For children under the age of 6 it is poisonous and can be found in liquid dish soaps, fabrics and dyes. Excessive exposure to it can be fatal and mild exposure can cause blindness and lung damage.
With the potentially dangerous consequences that can be seen from your everyday household cleaners, is there a safer and more natural alternative? Recent research has shown a general consensus that these cleaners with harmful chemicals in them won’t keep you any safer from infectious illnesses than regular ones. There has been further research to back this up with both the UK and American Cleaning Institute claiming that studies conducted have shown that there is no link between super-clean homes obtained through these products and the increase in common allergies. Experts have even stated that the type of cleaner used is redundant, it is the frequency and thoroughness of the cleaning that is important. As a result, using natural products, soap, hot water and a bit of elbow grease will give you a better chance of being allergy free in a spotless home.