Most store-bought cleaners are made of bleach and a wide range of other highly detrimental chemicals. Toxins can also be found in most cleaning products, even in the ones that are labeled as ‘non-toxic’ or ‘biodegradable’.
8 Toxins Lurking in Cleaning Products
- Phthalates: These are known endocrine disruptors! According to a 2003 study done by researchers from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Harvard School of Public Health, men with higher phthalates in their blood had reduced sperm counts.
- Perc: According to scientist of environmental protection for the New York Attorney General’s office, perc is a powerful neurotoxin. Additionally, it is classified as potential carcinogen by the EPA.
- Triclosan: It is known to promote growth of drug-resistant bacteria and is suspected to be an endocrine disruptor and a carcinogen.
- Quats: Quats are antimicrobial agent known to promote growth of antibiotic –resistant bacteria. There’s evidence that even healthy people who are [exposed to quats] on a regular basis develop asthma as a result,” according to Sutton.
- 2-butoxyethanol: It has been associated with kidney damage, narcosis, pulmonary edema, and severe liver damage.
- Ammonia: According to Donna Kasuska, chemical engineer and president of ChemConscious, Inc., a risk-management consulting company, “Ammonia is a powerful irritant.”
- Chlorine: This chemical is a respiratory irritant and its health risks can be acute and chronic. Unfortunately, most people fail to realize the latter.
- Sodium hydroxide: It is extremely corrosive and known to cause a sore throat and severe burns.
With this being said, it is very important to keep the bathroom clean without endangering our health through the exposure to so many hazardous chemicals.The easiest way to do it is by making a less toxic cleaning alternative. That’s why we will show you how to prepare a simple cleaning product which is far less harmful but more effective than common cleaners.
You will need the following ingredients to prepare this homemade tile cleaner:
– One teaspoon of liquid dish soap
– Half a cup of baking soda (it provides antimicrobial properties and acts as a natural disinfectant)
– A quarter cup of hydrogen peroxide (a substitute for bleach that will whiten and clean the stains)
Mix all the ingredients in a small squeeze top bottle. If the stains are relatively easy to clean, apply the mixture on a sponge and scrub the tiles and bathroom areas with it. After that, rinse the bathroom with water. In the case of “stubborn” stains which are difficult to remove, apply the cleaner on the grout and tiles and let it sit for 10 minutes. This will dissolve the dirt and the stains can be easily removed with a sponge. Rinse the bathroom with water after you have removed all the stains.
We also recommend you to use this second natural cleaner in order to prevent further build-up of dirt and stains: Mix water and vinegar in a ratio 1:1 and pour it into a spray bottle. After showering, spray the shower area with this mixture. Repeat this at least three times per week.