Beware of Harmful Ingredients in Cleaning Products

by | Breast Cancer, Environmental Risk Factors

The Dangers of Cleaning Products

Do you assume your household cleaning products are tested for safety?

They’re not!

The most significant danger in household cleaning products is that our government does not test their safety. Even worse, manufacturers are not required to test them either.

The truth is from 65,000 to 100,000 untested chemicals are in the common household cleaners you may use in your home.

Manufacturers argue these toxic ingredients aren’t likely to be a problem in small amounts. They are unconcerned with the toxic build-up in our bodies over time.

Toxic Chemicals in Everyday Cleaning Products

Walking down the cleaning aisle of your grocery store, you’ll find a cleaner for every surface in your home. The average number of toxic chemicals in any one household cleaner is about 62.

But you won’t find a complete ingredient list on the product. Why?

The government only requires manufacturers to list “chemicals of known concern.”

Since they are not tested, how do we know if we should be concerned? We don’t!

These Untested Products May Contain Toxic Ingredients:

  • Laundry detergent, bleach, fabric softener, and dryer sheets
  • Dish soap, dishwashing detergent, rinse aid
  • Toilet bowl cleaner, tub & tile cleaner, and glass cleaner
  • Granite cleaner, stainless steel cleaner, and all-purpose cleaner
  • Floor cleaner, carpet cleaner, and dusting spray
  • Air freshener sprays and plug-ins

The Harmful Effects of Cleaning Products

Animal research has shown the harmful effects of chemicals used in cleaning products. However, we don’t know if the same harm applies to humans.

Do you want to take the following risks?

  • Skin & eye irritation
  • Reproductive problems
  • Stimulated growth in human cancer cells
  • Link to pancreatic cancer
  • Upper respiratory tract irritation
  • Central nervous system disorders
  • Neurotoxins
  • Asthma triggers

For more information on chemicals, products to avoid and tips for sourcing safer alternatives, consider

Can You Smell the Neurotoxins in Your Scented Products?

No. You can’t. Yet they can be deadly, especially to your pets!

Who doesn’t love a clean bath towel, warm out of the dryer and scented with “the freshness of spring?”

Where does the spring smell come from in your dryer sheet?

Not from mother nature.

The unlimited combination of scents in your candles, air fresheners, laundry, and cleaning products comes from about 4,000 chemicals.

While mother nature uses a breeze, the rain, and spring blooms to create the scent of spring, manufacturers use secret formulas. Fragrance formulations are classified as “trade secrets” and therefore kept from the public. Look on the labels. You’ll see “fragrance” in place of the 50 to 300 chemicals used to formulate a single scent.

For more information on the toxic ingredients in synthetic fragrances, consider

Safer, Healthier Alternatives to Everyday Commercial Cleaning Products

Homemade Products: One of the best ways to avoid hazardous chemicals in your cleaning products is to make it yourself. Go DIY!

Since you can’t trust labels, why not combine a few safe ingredients in seconds and safely clean your home?

Every link in this article includes DIY ideas for home cleaning. For more information on getting started with natural cleansers and scents, consider

Want to freshen the scent of your laundry?

  • Avoid Tide, Downy, and the big commercial branded detergents, softeners, and dryer sheets – their synthetic fragrances are neurotoxic, especially to pets.
  • Consider using more naturally formulated brands and/or DIY recipes.

Want to freshen the scent in your home?

  • Avoid the big commercial branded candles, sprays, and plug-ins.
  • Consider using high-quality essential oils, diffusers, and DIY recipes.
Our mission at The Thermogram Center, Inc. is preventive education. Environmental causes of human cancer are manageable. However, the public remains unaware of the many common environmental carcinogens and the actions necessary to mitigate their risk. We hope to be a reliable source of information to help you protect you and your family from the hazardous chemicals in the air, water, food, and products threatening your well being.

by Tirza Derflinger
Founder, Author, Lead Educator, Speaker, CTT, MBA
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