[Pt 3/5] Home Cleaning Products That Can Make You Sick – Formaldehyde

Our future – our children and grandchildren – really is at stake. Why isn’t America banning these chemicals? Removing these chemicals from our home has made a huge difference in our lives. My “AAA” grandson (allergies, asthma, ADHD – which I question) is like a new kid. I don’t believe there are that many kids with a true ADHD issue. I believe if more people were aware of the chemicals not only in the products used but in the food ate – they wouldn’t use them and so many of these health issues would go away!

This will be the third of five chemicals I highlight – there are over 80,000! We don’t use just one product with one chemical. We use several. We have a chemical stew in our homes. What we breathe and use on our skin is all getting into our bloodstream. Some folks react immediately and others more slowly. Even if the immune system is being cared for, other organs in the body are being affected (liver, kidneys, lungs). Children (because their immune systems aren’t even fully developed) and Seniors (because their immune systems are weak) are definitely at higher risk. Next time you visit the doctor, acute care center, ER – check out the people. How many are small children? How many are Seniors? Prescriptions will be dispensed that will mask the issue but the cause normally isn’t addressed. (That’s a whole other story!) Please note: I’m not saying all issues are tied to these products.

And if you decide you don’t want this chemicals in your home, you can’t just throw them out. They are considered hazardous waste and must be disposed of at a hazardous waste site. This is why I question their placement in our “grocery store cleaning aisle” and wonder why they are promoted for use in our homes. They shouldn’t be promoted at all!

  • Formaldehyde is a preservative
  • 1,4 Dioxane is a byproduct
  • Both are known carcinogens
  • Banned in Europe, Canada & Japan
Symptoms include:
  • Eye, Nose & Throat Irritation
  • Wheezing,  Coughing
  • Fatigue
  • Skin rash, eczema, etc.
  • Severe allergic reactions
  • Impairs immune function

Check out this website to learn more about the products you use and the health issues they may be associated with.

That Johnson & Johnson has this ingredient in baby products really blew my mind. Are there any here that make you angry as well? Be sure to comment below and then share with your friends.

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Me 8.30.13 head shot [Pt 4/5] Home Cleaning Products That Can Make You Sick MEA (Monoethanolamine)

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[Pt 2/5] Home Cleaning Products That Can Make You Sick – Butyl Cellosolve

How safe is a product if you should be wearing a mask and gloves when using them?

Most products use sprayers so much of it ends up in the air and we breathe it in or it ends up on the floor and if we’re barefooted (which I prefer) the chemicals enter our blood stream through our skin. What about babies and pets? Most babies I know put everything in their mouth and because they’re smaller and their immune systems haven’t developed – it’s even worse for them! When pets clean themselves they are ingesting these chemicals as well.

You definitely want to beware of products that have the word Green in them. The term is called ‘Green washing’ which means these companies are capitalizing on the word Green and people’s concern but not truly being Green.

Butyl Cellosolve health issues –

  • Linked to reproductive harm
  • Probable Carcinogen
  • Causes depression of the Central Nervous System – Symptoms include: Headaches, drowsiness, weakness, depression, mood swings, personality changes, memory loss
  • Harmful if absorbed through skin
  • Exposure for just 15 minutes cleaning soap scum from the shower exposes one to 3x the acute exposure limit
  • Can cause irritation and tissue damage from inhalation
  • Toxic to kidneys and liver

Are any of these products familiar? 

Check out this website to learn more about the products you use.

This information will help educate a bit more. You’ll also see the products I use and recommend.

Please be sure to share this information especially with friends who are of child-bearing years or who have had issues getting pregnant. These cleaners may or may not be part of the issue.

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Me 8.30.13 head shot [Pt 4/5] Home Cleaning Products That Can Make You Sick MEA (Monoethanolamine)

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Email: Virginia@VaWright.com

“I Specialize in The Little Things that affect our health and well being. “Health Matters”.

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[Pt 1/5] Home Cleaning Products That Can Make You Sick – Lye

Do you know the facts about the products you use – many times – on a daily basis? Did you know that in the last 30 years over 80,000 new chemicals have been registered with the EPA but less that 20% have been tested for toxicity? Did you know there’s a great website to get the information you might be looking for?

Over the next few days, I’ll share a few of the chemicals and their effects on our health. Some of the products that contain these may surprise you as they did me. I used to think that if these items were on the shelf and advertised – they were safe. I’ve learned differently and the changes I made for our family have improved our health.

The first one is “Lye” – Sodium Hydroxide & Potassium Hydroxide

  • Causes 75% of all caustic injury to the esophagus of kids under 5 years old
  • Can cause burns in tissues – eyes, skin, mouth and throat
  • Repeated contact may cause dermatitis (eczema)
  • Can cause irritation to the respiratory tract
  • Can cause liver & kidney damage

We don’t like spots on our dishes so we use dish washing products that offer ‘sheeting’. We don’t think about it because our dishes look clean but there is actually a residue left on them. When you drink things like orange juice or have a tomato-based meal, the acids dissolve the residue and you end up ingesting it!

Are any of these products used by you or someone you know?

Check out this website to learn more about the products you use.

The information on this page will help educate a bit more and you’ll also see the products I use and have changed our lives … for the better.

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Me 8.30.13 head shot [Pt 4/5] Home Cleaning Products That Can Make You Sick MEA (Monoethanolamine)

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Email: Virginia@VaWright.com

“I Specialize in The Little Things that affect our health and well being. “Health Matters”.

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Center for Disease Control (CDC) – a Report That Matters

CDC - Atlanta, GA

What an incredible recommendation for health and safety! The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a policy that can truly affect everyone. This can be the avenue to take in order to remove the toxic chemicals from your workplace, the daycare your child attends, where your children go to school, but especially your home – where most people spend the majority of time.

The Toxic Brew of Chemicals in Household Cleaners

Cleaning house is not a little matter and can have far-reaching health effects; whether you’re a cleaning fanatic or someone like me who cleans when you’ll see the difference. It’s all in what is used. Toxins in our homes – mainly the chemicals in our cleaning products – are being linked more and more often with many of the diseases that are rapidly taking control of our lives. Have you noticed the rise in numbers of children diagnosed with asthma and cancer?

Artificial Sweeteners Are Sweet Poison

Artificial sweeteners are so little, you can’t see them once they’re added. They are sweet poison and matter greatly. I mean that literally. There’s a chemical reaction in our bodies that actually turns a couple of them into formaldehyde! Over 6000 products on the market today have them as a major ingredient replacing sugar.  Are you buying “diet”, “fat free”, or “sugar free” items?

It’s scary to think that though we are giving our little ones treats that in reality we’ve actually been poisoning our families. So many illnesses (learning disabilities, alzheimer’s, cancer, etc) are on the rise and much of it appears to be related to what’s going in the mouth. It’s been a scary educational process for me, but I hope learning that artificial sweeteners are really sweet poison has been a help to you.

Toxic Chemicals Found in Everyday Products

Results were released today on over 900 common products tested for toxic chemicals including lead, cadmium, mercury, bromine, chlorine (PVC) and arsenic. Using an XRF analyzer, researchers at the Ecology Center analyzed the ingredients of pet products, cars, women’s handbags, children’s car seats and more, creating the largest database yet of independent tests of toxic chemicals in consumer goods.toxic chemicals

  • Pet Products – over 400 pet products tested.
  • AutomobilesHealthyStuff.org tested nearly 700 new and used vehicles, from 1980 to 2010 model year vehicles.
  • Children’s Car Seats

Asthma, Allergies. . . Home Chemical Pollution?

(LittleThingsDoMatter) This is a subject close to my heart. I have a “Triple A” kid in my life and sad to say there are so many more like him. He was ‘diagnosed’ with asthma, allergies, and ADHD. Hmmm. It wasn’t related to genes either. That seems to be a common theme lately and with a little research, we found it associated more with not only chemicals in household cleaners used every day, but also those little “floating things” in the air – particulates. It was tough to learn that when I was cleaning my home with that wonderful pine or lemon scent or even washing windows that I was in reality filling my home with more pollution than what is outside! Check out: Indoor Air Pollution Increases Asthma Symptoms.

Used to be my “AAA Kid” couldn’t do much because of his asthma. Now, he can go outside and play like most other kids. A few of the things we’ve done that may be of help to you:

  • wall-to-wall carpeting is gone and replaced by scatter/throw rugs that can be tossed in the washer;
  • open windows daily for at least 5 minutes (I’d leave them open constantly if I could as I love to listen to the birds and our wind chimes, but sometimes it’s too hot/cold depending on the season);
  • switched our chemical-laden household cleaners to natural, safe and biodegradable;
  • we live on a property with a lot of trees which help clean the air, but in addition to that, we’ve got quite a few green plants throughout our home;
  • invested in a high quality air purifier;
  • we are fortunate enough to live in an area where I don’t have to have curtains or drapes which are great for attracting and holding particulates. If you do need to have window coverings, I would recommend blinds that are easy to wipe down on a regular basis.

Think I went overboard? When it comes to the air we breathe and the health of our kids, I don’t think anyone really can.

Needless to say, we do lots of laughing and dance more than when I didn’t understand what was happening. After all, isn’t having fun and enjoying life what being or feeling young should be about?