Unmasking the Scary Truth of Common Household Cleaning Products
We are used to relying on chemical cleaning products — from sanitizing wipes to multipurpose cleaners — around our home to kill germs and sanitize surfaces. But watch out: the scary truth is, while these cleaners may eliminate one problem, they introduce a whole new set of potentially dangerous threats into your home! Obviously, cleaning product manufacturers do not want to advertise the harmful substances in their products, but as a champion for natural cleaning, Polti is here to help!
Below, we run through a few of the most common chemicals to give you a better sense of the risk you are exposing your family, friends, and pets to when you use many popular cleaning products.
Where: Found in many window, kitchen, and multi-purpose cleaners
Risk: This chemical gives cleaning products that sweet smell people can’t get enough of. Most consumers have no idea that this is one of the chemicals not required to be listed on cleaning products’ labels, but can be very hazardous if someone is exposed to it for several hours. Exposure can cause irritation in your nose and eyes, as well as give you headaches and cause vomiting (ATSDR 1999). Despite these harmful effects, this chemical is still not registered as a hazardous substance that should be handled with extreme caution (New Jersey Department of Health Hazardous Substance Fact Sheet – 2-Butoxyethanol).
What: PERC (Perchlorethylene).
Where: Carpet cleaners, dry cleaning solutions, and upholstery cleaners
Risk: This is a man-made chemical that’s very toxic to humans even at low concentrations (Environmental Pollution Centers 2017). PERC’s presence in certain cleaning products can cause problems when being inhaled or if it comes in contact with skin. Health risks include liver and kidney damage, skin irritation, nausea, headaches and dizziness (Environmental Pollution Centers 2017).
Where: Polishing agents for bathroom fixtures, sinks and jewelry, and is commonly found in glass cleaners
Risk: This chemical is very harmful if inhaled and can affect consumers right away. It especially affects those with asthma or elderly people with lung and breathing problems. Ammonia exposure can also develop bronchitis and asthma if inhaled too frequently or in large amounts. Most people are exposed to this chemical through gas or vapors, which can produce rapid irritation in your skin and eyes (NY State Department of Health).
What: Sodium Hydroxide, also known as Lye.
Where: Often found in oven cleaners and drain openers
Risk: This chemical can be extremely corrosive if it touches your skin or comes in contact with your eyes. Physical contact can lead to severe burns, while inhalation can cause a sore throat lasting for days.
POLTI STEAM: NO TRICKS, ONLY TREATS
To conclude, household cleaning supplies can have extremely dangerous chemicals with harmful effects that most consumers know nothing about. Some of these chemicals are not listed on the product’s labels due to certain laws by the FFDCA. In order to avoid these chemicals, while keeping your home fresh and clean, try using one of our Polti steam cleaners. All of our products use regular tap water and absolutely no chemicals. The steam produced is hot enough and powerful enough to eliminate harmful germs, viruses, and bact