What are the dangers of cleaning with traditional cleaners?

Many of us think that traditional cleaners help us keep our homes tidy and clean but what we forget to think about is the dangers of cleaning with traditional cleaners.

Traditional household cleaners are made to be cheap and mass produced, they are not made for your safety. The are made for profit only. They remind me of the cigarette industry, for many years people were smoking cancer sticks without realizing what they were doing. It took years of informing the public on the dangers before any changes were made. 

If the public only knew that the cleaners they were using in their homes to make the place better was actually making them sick they would never purchase those cleaners again. 

Most household cleaners are labeled with the ingredients but it’s up to the user to understand what the ingredients are. Most people can not even pronounce the names of course they don’t know what they are really, unless they have studied chemistry. 

Let’s explore some of the most common ingredients in your typical household cleaners. 

    Bleach aka Sodium hypochlorite (NaClO)

    A very common household cleaner, may appear to be a powerful solution for disinfection and cleaning, but its dangers should not be underestimated. When bleach comes into contact with living cells, it will have detrimental effects on our health.

    Inhalation of bleach fumes will irritate the respiratory system, causing coughing, wheezing, and difficulty breathing. The strong chlorine odor can be overwhelming and trigger respiratory distress in individuals, especially those with asthma or other respiratory conditions.

    Direct contact with bleach on the skin will lead to irritation, redness, and even chemical burns. The corrosive nature of bleach can damage skin tissue and cause discomfort. Beyond these immediate effects, bleach has been associated with long-term health concerns.

    Prolonged exposure to bleach fumes has been linked to respiratory problems, including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

    Research suggests that frequent exposure to bleach may increase the risk of developing other health issues, such as allergies, asthma, and even certain cancers.

    Given these risks, it’s crucial to prioritize safer and less harmful alternatives for cleaning, ensuring the well-being of both ourselves and our environment.

    The dangers of cleaning with traditional cleaners

    What kind of cancers are linked to bleach?

    Research suggests that frequent exposure to bleach, particularly in occupational settings or long-term use at home, may be associated with an increased risk of certain cancers.

    These include respiratory cancers such as lung cancer, as well as cancers of the urinary tract, bladder, and kidneys. The exact mechanisms through which bleach may contribute to cancer development are not fully understood, but it is believed that the release of toxic byproducts, such as chlorine compounds and disinfection byproducts, during the use of bleach could play a role.

    The potential for bleach to react with other chemicals present in the environment or on surfaces can lead to the formation of potentially harmful compounds. While further research is needed to establish a definitive link, it is important to exercise caution and consider safer alternatives when it comes to cleaning to minimize potential health risks.

    How many items in your home contain Bleach or Sodium hypochlorite?

    Throw them out now! For your sefety and the ones you love!

    Ammonia aka Ammonium hydroxide, Ammonium nitrate

    Is a powerful cleaning agent commonly found in household cleaners, but it poses significant risks to human health. When ammonia comes into contact with living cells, it will cause severe irritation and damage.

    Inhalation of ammonia fumes will irritate the respiratory system, leading to coughing, wheezing, and difficulty breathing. Prolonged exposure to high concentrations of ammonia can even result in chemical burns to the airways, causing long-term damage.

    When ammonia comes into contact with the skin, it will cause irritation, redness, and even chemical burns. Moreover, ammonia can react with other chemicals commonly found in cleaning products, such as bleach, to produce toxic fumes that can further exacerbate respiratory symptoms and pose additional health risks.

    It is important to prioritize safety and choose alternative, less harmful cleaning options to protect ourselves and our loved ones from the potential dangers associated with ammonia.


    Are a group of chemicals commonly used in cleaning products, but their potential dangers should not be overlooked.

    These chemicals can disrupt hormone function in the body and have been linked to various health concerns. When exposed to phthalates, living cells in humans may experience adverse effects, including interference with reproductive development, endocrine system disruption, and potential risks to fetal development.

    Phthalates will enter the body through inhalation or skin contact, causing respiratory issues, skin irritations, and allergic reactions. Prolonged exposure to phthalates has also been associated with an increased risk of asthma, allergies, and certain chronic diseases.

    To protect your health and the well-being of your loved ones, it’s essential to choose cleaning products that are free from phthalates and opt for safer alternatives that prioritize the health of both humans and the environment.

    The same phthalates that cause permanent harm of the male reproductive system found in household cleaners are also used in hair spray, hair gel, hair mousse, hand and body lotions, nail polish, deodorant, and fragrances – in big- name products like Revlon, Calvin Klein, Christian Dior, and Procter & Gamble

    Scientists have shown that phthalates can damage the female reproductive system, but it is the male reproductive system that appears to be more sensitive.

    Phthalate exposures damage the:

    • testes
    • prostate gland
    • epididymus
    • penis
    • seminal vesicles

    (Mylchreest et al 1998).


    aka formalin, formic aldehyde, paraform, formol, formalin (methanol-free), FYDE, formalith, methanal, methyl aldehyde, methylene glycol, methylene oxide, tetraoxymethalene, oxomethane, and oxymethylene.

    Is a highly toxic chemical commonly found in cleaning products, and its dangers cannot be underestimated. When exposed to formaldehyde, living cells in the human body will suffer severe damage.

    Inhalation of formaldehyde fumes will lead to respiratory problems such as coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.

    Skin contact with formaldehyde will cause irritation, redness, and even blistering.

    Prolonged or repeated exposure to formaldehyde has been associated with serious health effects, including an increased risk of developing cancer, particularly in the respiratory system.

    Formaldehyde can also trigger allergic reactions and worsen symptoms for individuals with asthma or other respiratory conditions.

    It is essential to avoid cleaning products containing formaldehyde and choose safer alternatives that prioritize the health and well-being of both ourselves and the environment.

    Did you say Cancer again?

    Yes, formaldehyde has been classified as a known human carcinogen by several authoritative bodies, including the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the National Toxicology Program (NTP).

    Prolonged exposure to formaldehyde has been associated with an increased risk of developing various types of cancer, including:

    • nasal and nasopharyngeal cancer,
    • as well as leukemia.

    It is important to minimize exposure to formaldehyde-containing products, including certain cleaning agents, to reduce the potential risk of cancer and protect our overall health.

    Choosing alternative cleaning products that are free from formaldehyde is a prudent choice to safeguard ourselves and our loved ones.

    Also look out for these Ingredients:

    • DMDM hydantoin
    • diazolidinyl urea
    • imidazolidinyl urea
    • methenamine 
    • quarternium-15,

    they are known to release formaldehyde. 


    Commonly used in cleaning products, poses significant dangers to human health. This chemical can disrupt the delicate balance of living cells, leading to adverse effects.

    When exposed to Triclosan, it will be absorbed through the skin or inhaled, impacting various bodily functions.

    It has been linked to respiratory issues, including difficulty breathing and aggravation of asthma symptoms.

    Triclosan can disrupt the natural balance of the skin, leading to irritation, dryness, and increased sensitivity.

    Additionally, this chemical has been associated with hormone disruption, contributing to reproductive and developmental issues.

    It’s crucial to prioritize the safety of ourselves and our environment by avoiding Triclosan and opting for safer, natural alternatives for cleaning.

    Triclosan has been linked to hormone disruption, which can have serious implications for reproductive and developmental health.

    Research has shown that Triclosan can interfere with the normal functioning of hormones in the body, mimicking or blocking their actions.

    This disruption can affect important processes like hormone regulation, leading to potential reproductive and developmental issues.

    Exposure to Triclosan has been associated with

    • altered hormone levels,
    • reduced fertility,
    • and adverse effects on fetal development.

    By avoiding products containing Triclosan and opting for safer alternatives, we can protect ourselves and our loved ones from the potential risks of hormone disruption and promote a healthier future.

    Triclosan can also be referred to by other names, including:

    Irgasan, Microban, Lexol-300, Biofresh, and Ster-Zac.

    Perchloroethylene (PERC)

    Is a chemical commonly used in dry cleaning and some household cleaning products, but its dangers should not be overlooked.

    When exposed to living cells, PERC will have harmful effects on our health.

    Inhalation of PERC fumes will irritate the respiratory system, causing breathing difficulties and exacerbating respiratory conditions.

    Prolonged or repeated contact with PERC will lead to skin irritation, redness, and dryness, which can be particularly problematic for individuals with sensitive skin.

    PERC has been linked to a range of other side effects, including dizziness, headaches, nausea, and even liver and kidney damage with long-term exposure.

    By steering clear of products containing PERC and opting for safer alternatives, we can protect ourselves and our environment from the potential risks associated with this hazardous chemical.

    Perchloroethylene (PERC) is also known by various other names, including:

    tetrachloroethylene, perchlor, PCE, and tetrachloroethene.

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    The Harsh Reality and the Dangers of Cleaning with Traditional Cleaners

    Traditional cleaners can cause a range of skin irritations due to the harsh chemicals they contain.

    One common skin reaction is contact dermatitis, which manifests as redness, itching, and inflammation of the skin.

    This occurs when the chemicals come into direct contact with the skin, leading to an immune response and irritation.

    Another skin condition that can arise is allergic dermatitis, which is an allergic reaction triggered by specific chemicals present in the cleaners. It results in symptoms such as itching, hives, swelling, and even blisters in severe cases.

    Choose Life & Prioritizing Your Well-being

    Make a promise to yourself today, a promise that could save your life. It’s time to say goodbye to those dangerous and toxic cleaning products that have been lurking in your home.

    By making the switch to natural cleaning alternatives, you are taking a powerful step towards protecting yourself and your loved ones. Imagine a world where harmful chemicals no longer infiltrate your living space, where the air you breathe is pure and free from toxins.

    Natural cleaning products offer a safe and effective solution, harnessing the power of nature to clean and disinfect without compromising your health. From eco-friendly ingredients to gentle formulations, these products are designed to be kind to you and the environment.

    So make the promise today, the promise to never expose yourself to those harmful substances again. Embrace the transformative power of natural cleaning products and let them become your trusted allies in creating a healthier, safer, and happier home. Your future self will thank you.

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