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The Dangers of Common Cleaning Products

We use them every day – cleaning wipes, window cleaner, aerosol sprays, and sanitizers – but do we know what these chemicals are doing to our bodies? Yeah, they might clean and disinfect, but they’re still chemicals that we inhale and touch without giving it a second thought. 

What if those chemicals were toxic and dangerous for our health? Would we still use them? If we actually paid attention to what was in these cleaners, there’s a good chance we’d stop using those. 

The problem with these cleaning supplies is that if not properly used and managed, they can be a detriment to our health in no small manner. 

The American Lung Association says that, “Many cleaning supplies or household products can irritate the eyes or throat, or cause headaches and other health problems, including cancer. 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.” (ALA, 2020). 

Further into the article, they continue by saying that VOCs can cause chronic respiratory illnesses. 

What’s the solution? 

All this negativity about cleaning products without a solution would create an unnecessary argument that gives no useful information to anyone. So here’s a few things you can do to avoid the more harmful chemicals. 

Read labels

Make sure to look at labels before purchasing anything. The American Lung Association says, “Choose products that do not contain or have reduced amounts of VOCs, fragrances, irritants and flammable ingredients. Avoid using air fresheners altogether.” They continue with, “Manufacturers are not obligated by U.S. law to list all ingredients in consumer products…the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a list of products that meet its Safer Choice requirements for cleaning and other needs.” 

Use the Safer Santizer

There’s actually an all-natural, non-toxic solution that is completely safe for human use called hypochlorous. Why? Because it can be found in the human body. White blood cells produce hypochlorous to fight infection when foreign pathogens enter the body. 

But what is it exactly? It happens with the electrolysis of water and salt, creating a compound that’s equally powerful against viruses and gentle around humans. According to Pure and Clean, “…(hypochlorous) is one of the only agents that is both non toxic to the delicate cells that can heal our wounds while being lethal to almost all known dangerous bacteria and viruses that threaten our health.” (“Hypochlorous Acid”). 

Now, with that in mind, hypochlorous acid isn’t terribly easy to come by. It most likely won’t be found at the markets, grocery or drug stores, which is why the Ear, Nose and Throat Institute is making hypochlorous readily available to order. 

Our in-house hypochlorous solution that we call GuardiENT comes in many bottle shapes and sizes to fit your needs. 

Uses for GuardiENT: 

  • Spray into the nostrils for protection against viruses
  • Clean surfaces such as counters, desks, windows, and doorknobs
  • Clean fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Use in a cool-mist humidifier to cleanse the air

Give GuardiENT a try today by clicking the button and ordering your own organic solution. 

Citations

The American Lung Association (2020, February 12th) Cleaning Supplies and Household Cleaners [Health Article] Retrieved on June 18th, 2020 from https://www.lung.org/clean-air/at-home/indoor-air-pollutants/cleaning-supplies-household-chem#:~:text=Many%20cleaning%20supplies%20or%20household,ingredients%20include%20ammonia%20and%20bleach.

Hypochlorous Acid. Retrieved on June 18th, 2020 from https://www.scribbr.com/apa-examples/cite-a-website/

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