a list of toxic ingredients found in common household cleaners

There are important things to inquire from a home cleaning company regarding your home’s safety as well as your and your family’s health and well being. Aside from insurances, bonds, background checks and credit card security you also need to ask about the cleaning products the company uses when cleaning homes. Why? Because common household cleaners, even that you personally use may contain harmful chemical which are serious threats to health and well-being. You would certainly not want to put your family at risk if the cleaners would bring inside your house toxic materials present in cleaning products. Upon awareness of what chemicals they will be using, you can at least be prepared in handling any possible accidents involving such chemicals if the company has no non-toxic alternatives.
Here are few of the toxic ingredients which can be found in common household cleaners:


Acetone, a neurotoxin found in cleaners for removing spots, scuffs and marks, contribute to damages in kidney and liver as well as to a developing baby inside the womb.
Ammonia, found in many kinds of cleaning chemicals and products, when undiluted can cause harsh irritation to the eye and respiratory organs, damages to liver and kidney. Extended exposure to ammonia vapors may lead to pneumonia and bronchitis.
D-limonene, a neurotoxin collected from cold-pressed orange peels and are often labeled as citrus or orange oil in most all-purpose cleaners and insecticides, can cause respiratory pain if inhaled by sensitive individuals.
Ethoxylated nonyl phenol, used in laundry detergents and various cleaners, instigate irritation to the skin and eye and is considered a human carcinogen.
Formaldehyde, found in polishes for furniture, air sprays and other cleaners, is found in lab tests as a possible cause for cancer and DNA damages. It is also a speculated root for asthma. Other ailments it causes are dizziness, sleeplessness, fatigue, infections of the ear, chest pains, headaches and joint pains.
Methylene chloride, found in stain removers, is a known carcinogen, reproductive toxin and neurotoxin. When inhaled may trigger damages to brain and liver, may cause uneven heartbeats and heart attack. Naphthalene, found in mothballs, pest repellants and deodorizers, is a suspected carcinogen, a reproductive toxin which when conveyed to the placenta may lead to blood damage. It also affects the kidney, liver and eye.
Phosphoric Acid, used in making detergents, dishwashers, polishes, disinfectants and bathroom cleaners for removing mold and mildew, may irritate and burn the skin and the eye. Inhalation of vapor can lead to lung pains and toxic effect to the nervous system.
Sodium hypochlorite, found in bleach and a variety of cleaners, is a corrosive agent that may irritate the skin, eye and respiratory organs. It is seriously perilous for people with heart ailments and asthma.
Turpentine, used in producing solvent cleaners, polishes and even shoe products, is a chemical that may trigger allergic reactions, may cause injuries to the bladder, kidney and nervous system. It is also a known irritant to the eyes.
Xylene, found in ironing aids, floor polishes and spot removers, causes damages to kidneys, liver and fetus inside the womb, irritates the eye and skin. Its neurotoxic effect leads to memory loss.


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