Have your eyes, nose or throat ever felt irritated after you’ve cleaned different areas of your home? Many frequently used household cleaning products, such as disinfectant sprays and air fresheners, contain chemicals that are harmful to human health and the environment. In some cases, combining the wrong household products together can create toxic gases that can exacerbate underlying health conditions, such as asthma. Fortunately, you can still achieve a sparkling home with healthier alternatives. Here are some toxins that may be lurking in your cleaners and some natural replacements that can get the job done.
Ammonia is a hazardous chemical typically found in glass cleaner and polishes. Potential health risks associated with ammonia include respiratory problems and irritation of the skin and eyes. Distilled vinegar and vodka are safer, all-natural disinfectant alternatives. Distilled vinegar can cut through grease and helps remove mildew from bathroom surfaces. Be sure never to mix vinegar or ammonia with bleach — the combination can create toxic vapors.
To learn more about the top cleaning toxins and their natural alternatives, see the accompanying graphic.