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The switch from toxic household cleaners to greener more natural cleaning supplies is an important one, according to David Suzuki. In Canada alone, more than $275 million dollars is spent on household cleaners each year. Many of us are buying products to fight germs, cut streaks and stains and get rid of odours so that our homes stays clean and sparkling. The purpose of cleaning is meant to bring more health and well being to a home, but when we are cleaning with harsh chemical product we may be doing more harm that good to our bodies.
Not only can harsh cleaning products when breathed in give you a slightly headache or feel a bit nauseous, but there are long term issues that can happen as well. Why else would there be such harsh labeling on these products calling the 'poison', 'corrosives' or 'irritant'.
In North American there are no rules that the people making these products are required to warn consumers about the health hazards that are associated to long term use of these kinds of cleaning products. Most of us are exposed to cleaning products and their residues at low levels on a daily basis. When we clean with these chemicals, they actually linger in the air that we breathe. In the US, researchers found 133 unique volatile compounds that were released from just a small testing of consumer products, including cleaning products. Each of these products tested emitted between 1-8 chemicals that are considered hazardous.
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