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If you’re someone who knows anything about cleaning, you’ve almost certainly heard all the benefits of using household cleaners when you’re trying to get up dirt and grime. You know that it kills a lot more germs than using soapy water and that it stops those germs from spreading.

What you probably don’t know is that these cleaning products have a dark side. A lot of cleaners are bad news for your overall health, causing all kinds of illness and other problems. To keep your body in great shape, you probably want to know what these are and how to get rid of them in your house.

Here, we’re going to get you up to date on what the most dangerous chemicals are that you’re using to clean your house.

1. Scented Items

Artificially scented products are almost everywhere in the home. Whether you’re using air fresheners or simply like the smell of that scented toilet paper you buy, you pretty much are guaranteed to be using something smelly around your house.

The problem with scented items is that they contain something called phthalates, which disrupt the body’s ability to create all kinds of natural hormones. One thing this can do is to decrease your healthy sex drive. It can cause your body also to have a lot of other problems like making you feel sleepy or causing men to have a harder time producing sperm.

Since these chemicals are absorbed directly through the skin and into the bloodstream, it’s really hard to avoid them once you’re already using them. So, it’s best just to avoid them altogether.

2. Window Cleaners

Lots of window cleaner contain 2-butoxyethanol as their key ingredient, which is a dangerous chemical you’ve probably never heard of but have definitely been affected by. If you’re cleaning a small area with a closed door, you can actually use so much of this chemical as to violate a lot of workplace’s safety standards.

In the short term, the biggest problem is that inhaling these cleaners can cause a sore throat. That’s never fun, but the long term problems are much worse yet- severe liver and kidney damage.

Luckily, you can get natural alternatives to these dangerous cleaners. Click here for more about how you can make your household safer and make sure you and your family doesn’t get sick.

3. Antibacterial Products

When you think of the word ‘bacteria’, your mind likely screams, bad! Eliminate! But this isn’t always the case. In fact, our bodies need a healthy amount of certain bacteria to keep our immune systems working.

This is why antibacterial cleaners sound awesome at first, but actually aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. They kill the good bacteria that you need to have around to stay healthy. This makes your immune system weaker and makes you and your family more prone to sicknesses like colds and flu.

4. Kitchen Sprays

But, you’re likely arguing, it’s good to use antibacterial cleaners in the kitchen! Even if it isn’t used for the rest of the house, the kitchen will be alright! You might be worried that otherwise when you make your delicious guacamole recipe, everyone you feed it to will become sick!

Even though this might be a tempting argument to believe, it just isn’t true. When you rub your kitchen counters with antibacterial rags, you’re bound to leave behind some residue of these cleaners. Most of these antibacterial products have toxins in them which are bad for the immune system and make you sick.

So next time you’re cooking up something delicious, leave these products behind and try cleaning with either green products or soapy water instead! Ehem, not antibacterial soap, of course.

5. Bleaches, Especially When Mixed

Bleaches are pretty bad for you in and of themselves because they contain volatile organic compounds or VOCs. These can cause respiratory problems like asthma. You’ve probably already found it more difficult to breathe after using bleach, and this is why!

But bleaches become even more dangerous when they’re mixed with other chemicals, which is easy to accidentally do when you’re using multiple cleaners to make a room sparkle. When you mix bleach with any product containing ammonia, you run the release of long-term lung problems like cancer, which can become as severe as to kill you.

Better to leave off the bleach altogether!

6. Insecticides

When there are issues with bugs in the home, most people’s first instinct is to spray pesticides. Unfortunately, these come with a lot of health risks like nausea and headaches. They can even cause odd twitching to happen, which is never a good time.

Avoid insecticides if you can, but if you absolutely need to use them, then don’t use them in the kitchen. These effects are worse if the chemicals get in contact with food or anything that gets near food.

7. Body Cleaners

Lots of bathroom body cleaners, like shampoo or deodorant, have a lot of these bad chemicals in them too. These are pretty hard to avoid- after all, it’s unreasonable to never wash again for fear of chemicals, some of which you need to stay in good shape.

The good news is that you can look at the store for body cleaners that will both keep you clean and not release toxins into your skin and home! There are also cool DIY body cleaners you can make for an even better effect.

8. Products Dangerous For Pets And Kids

Of course, if you have either human children or furry children, one of your top goals in life is to keep them safe. And even if you’re doing a great job, you still want to avoid anything that could cause an accident!

A lot of small cleaning supplies like toilet brushes can be lethal when eaten. If these products are sitting on the ground or the counter, curious toddlers or pets might get their hands- or paws- on them and the unthinkable might happen.

So keep your family safe when considering the things you use to clean. Plus, if it’s dangerous for them, it’s likely to be dangerous for you- especially when the box comes with a warning label saying that no one should touch the product without gloves.

Avoid The Most Dangerous Chemicals

There are a lot of harms to using a lot of chemical-based cleaners, as you can see. You don’t want to use something that can cause fertility, immune, or respiratory problems for you and your family. The good news is that there are other alternatives to these cleaners, like green, organic cleaners or a lot of scrubbing with soapy water.

Now that you know the most dangerous chemicals to avoid when you’re cleaning your house, you might be interested to check out these nifty closet-cleaning tips to make all aspects of your home neat.

Stay safe and stay clean!

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