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Cleanis good, right?
Notwhen the result of our chemically clean homes is continuous exposure to hundredsof invisible chemicals–chemicals that can hurt our families, damage theenvironment, and devour our money. This seems particularly insane when betterand cheaper solutions are easily available.
BodyBurden:This is what experts call the total amount of toxic chemicals and pollutantsthat are present in our bodies at any given time.
Whatis the source of these toxic body burdens?
Theycome from common household cleaners, foods, and other consumer products likecosmetics. Many are petrochemicals with volatile organic compounds (VOCs).Others are endocrine disruptors–theprobable causes of cancer, other diseases, male and femalereproductive/fertility problems, feminization of males, and even the "FatAmerican Disease" caused by obesogens.
Aswe use chemical cleaners, chemicals are dispersed into the air of our homes,severely impacting our indoor air quality. Others enter our bodies directly. Inparticular, aerosol products dispense a spray so fine that their chemicals areeasily inhaled and absorbed into the bloodstream.
“Smells”in cleaning products normally contain phthalate chemicals. They are respiratoryirritants and endocrinedisruptors as well as the causes of headaches, general anxiety, and possibleother problems such as obesity.
Andthen there are the disinfectants and the antibacterials we use in the home andon our bodies. At best, they cause skin irritation and allergies. At worst, theycreate the super germs medical personnel fear.
TheCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDDP) conducted a comprehensivestudy to determine how the bodies of Americans, age six and up, are contaminated by 148 specific toxic substances. Theastonishing result was that we Americans, both children and adults, have dozensof chemicals, pesticides, and other toxic compounds in our bodies, many of whichare threats to our health and the health of our children.
Thesechemical cleaners harm the planet when they escape from our homes into the airand water around us.
1.WaterEven though chemicals from home cleaning products are partially removed at watertreatment plants, the remainders of the chemicals are released into localwaters. Many persist for years, threatening our water supply and all that livewithin it. Other cleaning products, such as those from washing the car in thedriveway, go directly into local waters through our storm drains.
2.Air QualityChemicals not only seep out from homes in air leaks, we also carry their residueinto the world on our clothes and bodies.When these chemicals escape, they add to general airpollution.
3.AntibacterialsMany of these chemicals remain inthe environment a long time causing multiple problems. For example, Triclosin,an ingredient of many antibacterials, breaksdown rapidly in warm chlorinated water to form toxic chemicals includingchloroform. It canalso break down to dioxin in surface waters like lakes and creeks. Keep in mindthat much of the water for North Texans comes from reservoir lakes and thatdioxin is a powerful cause of cancer–not something we want to drink.
4.OilMany of these cleaning products are made from petroleum, a dwindling andnonrenewable resource, the production of which is harmful to the planet initself.
5.AftermathEven product disposal brings problems such as the following:
Proper disposal if chemical product is not completely consumed.
Chemical residue that enters our air, water, and soil.
Mounds of packaging, usually plastic, and often containing volatile aerosols. Many containers are not recyclable. An example is a PVC plastic container. Since dioxin is a byproduct of PVC recycling, less than one percent of these containers are recycled each year. The other 99 plus percent are in landfills or floating down our creeks and rivers, bobbing their way to the Gulf of Mexico.
Itis easy to see we Vote Brown with our $$$ whenwe purchase most consumer cleaning products. Our$$$ are essentially telling the manufacturers of theseproducts to continue making and marketing the chemical cleaners, despite thefact their products harm the environment, harm the health of our families, andharm our pocketbooks.
Chemicalcleaners are expensive. In addition, we are led to believe we need many, manychemical products to adequately clean our homes. As you will see in thesolutions section, none of this is necessary. Plus a clean home can be veryinexpensive—or better yet, really cheap..
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