How Household Cleaning Products Affect Health

The chemical products you use affect your health!

From the American Lung Association

Many cleaning supplies or household products can irritate the eyes or the throat or cause headaches or other health problems. Some products release dangerous chemicals, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Other harmful ingredients include ammonia and bleach. Even natural fragrances such as citrus can react to produce dangerous pollutants indoors.

VOCs and other chemicals released when using cleaning supplies contribute to chronic respiratory problems, allergic reactions and headaches, Studies are underway to assess how these chemicals affect people who have asthma and other respiratory illnesses. 4 However, past studies link exposure to chemicals from cleaning supplies to occupational asthma and other respiratory illnesses.

Products containing VOCs and other toxic substances can include:

Aerosol spray products, including health, beauty and cleaning products;
Air fresheners
Chlorine bleach
Detergent and dishwashing liquid
Dry cleaning chemicals
Rug and upholstery cleaners
Furniture and floor polish and
Oven cleaners

Recent research has found that even natural fragrances in cleaning products, particularly in air fresheners, may react with high levels of ozone from indoor sources, like some air cleaning devices, or from outdoor air to form formaldehyde and dangerous fine particles indoors. Ozone is a harmful, but invisible, gas that worsens asthma and other lung diseases. Particles are also common air pollutants that can worsen asthma and other lung diseases and risk heart attacks and stroke. Both ozone and particles can be life-threatening. Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen.


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