Living in a Toxic World

Are you aware of  all the research linking disease to chemicals we use every day in our homes?  Indoor pollutants come from all sorts of chemicals we use to make our lives easier every day—paints, carpets, furniture, household cleaners, personal care, among others.

EPA studies indicate that elevated concentration of household chemicals persist in the air. Long-term exposure to chemicals inside our homes may be harmful to us and our families

  • The average home generates over 25 pounds of toxic, hazardous waste each year. Much of this waste can be attributed to household cleaning products. (Environmental Protection Agency)
  • According to a 15 year study, women who work at home have a 54% higher death rate from cancer than those who work away from home.  The study concluded that this was a direct result of the exposure rate to toxc chemicals found in common household products. (Toronto Indoor Air Conference)
  • “Cancer rates have increased since 1901 from only 1 in 8,000 Americans, to 1 in 3 today! By the year 2010, this disease will afflict 1 of every 2 individuals!” – (American Cancer Society)
  • The number of people diagnosed with asthma grew by 4.3 million from 2001 to 2009. (Centers for Disease Control)
  • Asthma diagnoses increased among all demographic groups between 2001 and 2009, but children were the hardest hit, with asthma affecting 9.6 percent of children, compared with 7.7 percent of U.S. adults. (Centers for Disease Control)
  • Asthma was linked to 3,447 deaths (about 9 per day) in 2007. (Centers for Disease Control)
  • Common cleaners give off fumes that have been linked to increasing the risk of your kids developing asthma, the most common serious chronic childhood disease. An average of one out of every 12 school-aged children has asthma (Centers for Disease Control)
  • Children are highly vulnerable to chemical toxicants. Pound for pound of body weight, children drink more water, eat more food and breathe more air than adults. The implication of this is that children will have substantially heavier exposures than adults to any toxicants that are present in water, food or air.
  • “The toxic chemicals in household cleaners are three times more likely to cause cancer than air pollution.” –Environmental Protection Agency

Look out for the following chemicals: (For more information on these chemicals and the legislation (Safer Chemicals Act)  proposed to ensure these chemicals are tested for human safety  visit Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families.)

  • Phenol
  • Lye
  • Hydrochloric acid
  • Sulfuric acid
  • Sulfamic acid
  • Petroleum distillates
  • Ammonia
  • Sodium hydroxide
  • Butyl cellosolve
  • Phosphoric acid
  • Formaldehyde
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Heavy Metals (Lead, Mercury and Arsenic)
  • Phthalates
  • Bisphenol A (BPA)
  • Perfluorinated compounds (PFCs)
  • Parabes
  • And many more!

May be found in:

  • All-purpose cleaners
  • Cleaning wipes
  • Degreasers
  • Floor polish
  • Rug shampoos
  • Toilet bowl cleaners
  • Tub and tile cleaners
  • Window cleaners
  • Cosmetics
  • Shampoos
  • Soaps and Lotions
  • Plastic Toys
  • Water Bottles
  • Furniture
  • Bedding
  • Clothing
  • And more!

Listen, Your home should be the safest place in the world! Your cleaners shouldn’t leave behind more toxins than the toxins they are supposed to clean.  And You shouldn’t have to sacrifice power convictions for powerful cleaners, and vice versa!  Change your brands.  Get rid of  your Lysol and 409, your bleach and use a brand that cleans as well or BETTER, without using toxic chemicals!

Find out more about the Safe Chemicals Act.

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