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A safe and healthy environment to live in is what we mostly want from our homes, and in our attempts to achieve this, we often use many chemical products to try and eliminate germs and bacteria. However, in doing so we are often unwittingly releasing noxious elements into the air, and when used frequently or in high dosages, this can be detrimental to our health. Children are especially at risk of harm from such chemicals as their vital organs are not yet developed, and they have not built up the resistance to eliminate toxins from their developing bodies. This is a minor risk when they’re exposed infrequently to chemical cleaning products but over a longer period and exposure, this can have very serious effects on their health. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Knowing What’s In Your Chemical Cleaning Products


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Knowing Whats In Your Chemical Cleaning Products
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  • A safe and healthy environment to live in is what
    we mostly want from our homes, and in our
    attempts to achieve this, we often use many
    chemical products to try and eliminate germs and
    bacteria. However, in doing so we are often
    unwittingly releasing noxious elements into the
    air, and when used frequently or in high dosages,
    this can be detrimental to our health. Children
    are especially at risk of harm from such
    chemicals as their vital organs are not yet
    developed, and they have not built up the
    resistance to eliminate toxins from their
    developing bodies. This is a minor risk when
    theyre exposed infrequently to chemical cleaning
    products but over a longer period and exposure,
    this can have very serious effects on their
    health.

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  • If you use chemical cleaning agents within your
    home, there are a few things that you should be
    aware of
  • Read the label thoroughly
  • It isnt always required for manufacturers to
    disclose every ingredient of their cleaning
    product, but there are some key words to look out
    for, such as Danger and poison. This means
    that should the product be ingested even in a
    tiny quantity it can have lethal consequences.
    The word warning should also be heeded, but
    those products with the word caution on their
    label, mean that they still have the potential to
    cause harm but to a much lesser degree.

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  • Products with labels containing the words
    corrosive, severely irritating, strong
    sensitizer, highly flammable or highly
    combustible should be avoided for use within your
    home.
  • Carefully check the ingredients list
  • Read through the ingredients list and keep an eye
    out for words such as
  • Phthalates
  • These are often found in household products that
    are designed to smell pleasant, such as air
    fresheners or soaps and are hormone disruptors.

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  • Perchloroethylene
  • Found most commonly in dry cleaning solutions or
    upholstery cleaners, this is a neuro toxin.
  • 2 Butoxyethanol
  • This is an ingredient of many multipurpose
    cleaning products that makes them smell more
    fragrant, and while it doesnt have to be listed
    on labelling, it can cause health issues, such as
    sore throats or even pulmonary oedema.

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  • Ammonia
  • Ammonia has always had links to chronic
    bronchitis and asthma, yet it is found in many
    cleaning products, glass cleaner and polishing
    agents to name but a few.
  • Triclosan
  • This potential carcinogen is found in dishwashing
    detergents, hand soaps and toothpaste, and is an
    antibacterial foaming agent. It is also suspected
    of being a hormone disruptor.

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  • Chlorine
  • This commonly used product is well known for
    causing damage to skin and eyes if you come into
    direct contact with it, and it can irritate the
    lungs, too. Its found in products used for
    removing mildew and cleaning toilet bowls, and is
    even present in our tap water, and may be a
    thyroid disruptor.
  • Sodium Hydroxide
  • This is an ingredient not to be messed with it
    can be extremely corrosive and cause severe burns
    if it gets onto your skin and can also cause a
    long lasting sore

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  • throat if inhaled. Its mainly found in oven
    cleaners and drain un-blockers.
  • Wherever possible, try to use natural cleaning
    products that pose no threat to your health, or
    the health of those who share your home, such as
    vinegar, lemons and baking soda. You will often
    find that these are just as effective as harsh
    chemicals on grime and grease in your home, and
    you may even find that you already have them in
    your store cupboard at home.

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