Most household chemicals pollute the environment and poison us, too! Experts have linked chemicals in the home to the increase in cancer and infertility rates over the past 60 years. This information is readily available all over reliable Internet sources – do a search – it is truly frightening! Educate yourself! A few examples below of some common household products:
- Air Fresheners – Often contain known carcinogens such as formaldehyde and phenol and often work by adding chemicals that disable your ability to smell.
- Carpet and Upholstery Cleaners – Often contain perchlorethylene, known to damage liver, kidney and nervous system function, and ammonium hydroxide which irritates the eyes, skin and respiratory system.
- Clothes Dryer Sheets – The chemicals in fabric softeners and dryer sheets are considered to be some of the most toxic, and they stay on your clothes and seep into your body through your skin. Stop using them and switch to wool dryer balls instead. These help remove static cling and you can put a few drops of your favorite natural fragrance oil on them if you want to add a scent.
- Look into alternatives! A great mobile app (and free!) put out by Silent Spring Institute to help get started: http://www.silentspring.org/detoxme/