Cleaning of the house is important thing as it is necessary to maintain hygiene for good health of everyone staying in it.And markets have number of cleaning agents /products to keep house clean and germ free.But can these cleaning agents be cause of allergies? Lets see more about it in today’s guest post. It is about the cleaning of house and products used for it .Its Contribution post by Jenny holt , freelance writer who works for a small building services company located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is mother of two and loves nothing more than getting away from it and taking her pet Labrador Bruce for long walks, something she can do a lot more now she’s left the corporate world behind.
Jenny has written wonderful list of tips to take care about the cleaning products which are used in day today life by everyone.Please take a look and drop your comments.
Over to jenny’s post :Household Cleaners and Allergies: What’s Lurking in Your Cupboards?….”
You do all you can to keep your home clean and tidy, using the latest sprays and potions to ensure everything is spotless. However, some of these chemicals could be doing more harm than good and many household cleaners may aggravate or exacerbate allergies and intolerances. In this article is a closer look at just how dangerous some household clean ingredients can be to a child with allergies.
Cleaning products promise you sparkling surfaces, glossy furniture, and pleasant fragrances; but what they don’t tell you is that they can be even more dangerous than the dirt and bacteria you’re trying to get rid of. The risks they pose can be even greater for children, whose smaller bodies have a lower tolerance for the chemicals that cleaners contain. Several studies show that household cleaning products have contributed to a rise in asthma amongst children. So, what can you do?
Read the Ingredients List
Try cleaning products claiming to be good for those with sensitive skin, for babies, or better for the environment – these will probably have less nasty additions. It’s still important to check the list of ingredients though, “less nasty” is a relative term.
- Sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) – this is typically found in shampoos, soaps, detergents, and toothpaste. It can damage skin and irritate eyes, and has also been linked to cancer.
- Formaldehyde – often present in paint, varnish, and furniture cleaning products. It can cause damage to the airways and has been linked to nose and throat cancer.
- Ammonia – check your window and glass cleaners, as well as products for ovens and toilets, as ammonia is a powerful irritant.
- Avoid anything with a particularly strong fragrance or aerosol sprays which pump particles into the air – these are a top allergy trigger.
What You Can Use Instead
Plenty of alternative cleaning options are available, which should help minimize allergy flare-ups and reduce the chance of you or your kids developing a more serious condition.
- Use natural ingredients for cleaning: vinegar is great for glass, or mix with salt for a surface cleaner. Lemon juice is good for limescale build-ups, or mix it with vegetable oil for a great furniture polish.
- Wash bedding and your kids’ soft toys regularly, at the hottest temperature it can handle.
- Baking soda is fantastic for cleaning baby bottles and deodorizing carpets.
- Opt for natural soaps and shampoos, or ones which clearly state they are ‘SLS and paraben free’. ‘Baby shampoo’ should have less harsh chemicals and can be used by the whole family.
- Use dusters and brushes which collect the dust rather than just stirring it up.
- For a fresh fragrance, try a bunch of natural spices like cinnamon or cloves.
Safety and Medical Attention
Using natural cleaning products is a great way to minimize health risks to your family, but it is still important to store them securely and safely. While not as bad as bleach or formaldehyde, drinking a bottle of vinegar could still make your child seriously ill, so always seek medical attention if necessary.
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