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Toxins in Chemical Cleaners
Switching to Sustainable Cleansers
are turning our homes into toxic dumps and destroying our health with:
Carcinogens: Chemicals that cause cancer
Teratogens: Chemicals that cause birth defects
Developmental/Reproductive Toxicants: Chemicals that damage reproductive tissues
or interfere with the normal development of a fetus, infant, or child.
Chemicals that interfere with normal hormone functions. This can lead
to premature puberty in girls, feminization in males, and can probably lead to
Antibacterials are not actually a toxin but their use can have negative impacts
on our health, planet, and pocketbook just as toxins do.
little background: Alcohol is an antibacterial as is hydrogen peroxide. Both
of those kill all forms of bacteria, good and bad, then disperse into the
environment and are gone.
Some antibacterial products are
different in that they leave surface residues that continue to kill bacteria,
but not necessarily all of them.
At first, this sounds like an advantage
but it can be a problem.
If not all of the bacteria are killed, a
small subpopulation of resistant bacteria can grow as the weaker bacteria
perish. Unfortunately, there is potential here for also developing a tolerance
for certain antibiotics.
This phenomenon, called
cross-resistance, has already been demonstrated in several laboratory studies
using triclosan, one of the most common chemicals found in antibacterial hand
cleaners, dishwashing liquids, soaps, and other wash products.
we overuse antibacterials, germs become resistant to the chemicals we use to
kill them. Medical professionals fear this will give rise to super germs that
are resistant to antibacterials and even antibiotics. We are beginning to see
that in hospitals now.
But that is just the beginning.
2005 study reported in the journal Environment Science and Technology
found that triclosan breaks down rapidly in warm chlorinated water to form toxic
chemicals including chloroform. Most of us shower, bathe, wash dishes, and wash
our hands in warm chlorinated water.
health links have been found, too. More
information about triclosan and its close chemical cousin triclocarban.
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