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Many everyday cleaning products contain toxins that can damage the environment as well as your health. These hazardous chemicals have been linked to many serious conditions, including cancer, neurotoxicity, hormone disruption, and asthma. When you use them day after day and week after week, their cumulative impact on the body can be significant. For this reason, an increasing number of businesses and consumers are seeking out natural alternatives to toxic chemicals. With natural cleaners, you can still scrub dirt and grime from surfaces but without the harmful side effects.

A Few Examples of Toxic Ingredients to Avoid

So, where doyou begin ridding your environment of potential hazards? Start by looking at what’s in your cleaning solutions.When you’re reading the labels on cleaning products, there are certain chemicals you should watch for—think of them as red flags signaling danger to you and/or the planet. Here are a few examples:

  • Formaldehyde — If you rely on air fresheners to cover unpleasant household smells, there’s a good chance you’re using products with formaldehyde. This chemical can irritate your skin, throat and/or eyes. It’s also been linked with more serious problems, such as brain damage.
  • Ammonia — The everyday cleaning product that gives your windows a sparkling shine could also be irritating your respiratory system, at least if it uses ammonia. Ammonia has been linked to asthma as well as to breathing and lung problems in the elderly. When combined with bleach, it becomes a poisonous gas.
  • Hydrochloric acid — Common in toilet bowl cleaners and other ordinary cleaning products, hydrochloric acid is a corrosive chemical associated with eye, skin and throat irritation.
  • Chlorine — Found not only in cleaning products but also in city water supplies, chlorine is a toxin that may be coming at you from multiple sources. It’s usually in the tap water you use for washing dishes and clothes and for bathing. On top of that, it’s often found in toilet bowl cleaners, scouring powders, laundry whiteners and more. The problem is chlorine can potentially irritate the skin, eyes, nose, and throat, and also act as a thyroid disrupter.

The four examples listed here are only a handful of the dangerous substances often lurking in ordinary mainstream cleaners.

To learn more about them and other toxins, take a look at the attached resource. In it, you’ll find a list of the top 10 cleaning toxins found today, along with suggestions for natural cleaners you can use in their place. Whether you’re looking for a better way to make a room smell fresh or more effective soap to clean your dishes, this list can help.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Top 10 Cleaning Toxins & Natural Alternatives.
(Created by Spotless Cleaning Chicago).
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Author bio: Juan Padilla is the founder of Spotless Cleaning Chicago, an office and commercial cleaning company. With several years of experience in the cleaning industry, his focus is on improving the janitorial industry and helping other small businesses understand their customers and how to succeed. 

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