"Most commercially available cleaning products contain materials that are considered hazardous waste by the U.S. government. Hazardous waste use normally requires a license and some means of proper disposal, but use in households across our nation goes on unchecked, polluting our water supply, our air, and our bodies. Laundry detergent, for example, contains a chemical so toxic that it can be used as a pesticide. What's worse, the worst, most toxic chemicals may not be on the label-- the government protects the companies from revealing their "trade secrets." But that's only an issue if you bother to read the label- and can understand what each ingredient means and does! My guess is that most people (myself included) have been filling their houses with toxic chemicals with no idea what's in them.
One major concern is cancer. Before the industrial revolution, 1 in 8,000 people had cancer. Today that number is 1 in 3. We still don't know for sure which materials can cause cancer, but we have some idea. According to the EPA, toxic fumes released into our air due to cleaning products are three times more likely to cause cancer than other air pollutants. Air inside American houses is an average of two to five times (and can be up to 100 times) more polluted than the air outside, mostly the result of mainstream cleaning products- that means by simply breathing inside our homes, we're increasing our risk of cancer. Largely because of this, housewives have a 55% higher rate of cancer than women who work outside the home- and all thanks to chemicals we've used to keep ourselves 'clean' and 'healthy'!"
Read more about the health and environmental effects of mainstream cleaning products, and explore alternative methods, here.
This is all part of a blog my friends and I have started- the things I'm finding out from my research are seriously changing the way I live, and the way I view my place in this world! Please check us out at: environmentaloutrage.com