I have purchased approximately 42 kabillion dollars worth of germ killing products in the last ten years. A while ago I read something that got me a little interested in the chemicals in my cleaning products. For the past month or so I've been doing tons of reading about chemicals.
Check this out:
Chemical Dangers in Disinfectants
There’s no doubt that disinfecting cleaners can help keep bacteria, viruses and fungi in check. But the strong ingredients of some may pose health risks, especially to children. The more than 275 different active ingredients in antimicrobial products are classified by EPA as pesticides, because they kill microbes. Some, such as phenol, are toxic and corrosive. Cresol, a suspected carcinogen, can cause abdominal pain, vomiting and bloody diarrhea, if ingested, and even respiratory, circulatory or cardiac failure, in large doses. Oxalic acid, a disinfectant used in toilet bowl cleaners, may irritate the eyes and skin and can damage the respiratory and nervous systems and the kidneys. One of the most heavily relied upon antibacterial agents, Triclosan, was recently found to trigger production of a probable carcinogen chloroform in an amount 40 percent higher than the background level in tap water treated with chlorine.
I have a new best friend. It's Nature Clean. I bought a few of their products a while ago, because even though I'm afraid of chemicals, I'm even more afraid of being dirty. I was pretty sure the products wouldn't work, but I was wrong! This one is one of my favourites -
Nature Clean Household Disinfectant. It kills over 99.99% (isn't that 100%?) of bacteria, mould, and mildew. It's made out of therapeutic plant extracts and is free of all those things that try to kill us. I spray it all over my bathroom when I'm done cleaning. I spray it in my garbage cans. I sprayed it in Max's gym bag when he got home from Scout Camp tonight. It totally works. Well, it's not like I can prove it's killing germs, but it's killing stink. That's important too.
I've been replacing all my cleaning products with healthier cleaners, and now I've moved on to sunscreen, soaps, makeup, deodorant...stuff like that. Now if I die of cancer I get to say it's not fair, and I'll be right. I feel so uncontaminated. And my armpits smell like lemons. (Thanks, Green Beaver Company!)