In a perfect world, we wouldn’t have to worry about products in our home causing us harm, unfortunately, this is not the case. Some of the most common cleaning products contain the harshest chemicals around (like benzene or chlorine), however in most places it is not required to list all or any of the ingredients. Here is a short list of products that may be in your home to avoid.
Simple Green Concentrated All-Purpose Cleaner
Containing solvents known to damage red blood cells and irritate eyes, this product also suggests the user significantly dilutes the product, which most are likely unaware of as it comes in a spray bottle which suggests it is ready to use.
Very easy for a child or pet to pick up and play with. Contains a lot of chlorine and is dangerous to breathe in which means it’s probably not good to have near exposed skin when it is attached to the toilet bowl.
Lysol Disinfectant Power Toilet Bowl Cleaner with Lime & Rust Remover
A “harmful or fatal if swallowed” warning and the fact that it can cause “irreversible damage” to the eyes are the only two reasons needed to not own this product.
Comet Disinfecting Cleansing Powder
A popular product for public restrooms, but likely shouldn’t be used anywhere. Containing 146 chemicals (some of which may cause cancer, asthma, or reproductive disorders). The worst of these include formaldehyde, benzene and chloroform.
Easy-Off Heavy Duty Oven Cleaner Aerosol Spray
Aerosols still exist? This cleaning product can burn the skin and eyes, and it is suggested to not allow on clothing. It’s not okay to breathe in the mist either. Do not purchase without a biohazard suit.
Scrubbing Bubbles – Antibacterial Cleaner
This friendly-looking product contains butoxydiglycol, a solvent banned in the European Union. Can inflame the lungs, not good for a spray product.
Single-Use Plastic Bottles
Something most know by now is that plastic bottles shouldn’t be reused because chemicals can seep into the water. Adding heat from outside or sitting in a car for a period of time only increases the chances. Considering bottled water is not nearly as regulated as tap water, in general it is wise to steer clear from it. If the fact that the Pacific Ocean is filled with plastic isn’t enough, knowing how easily dangerous chemicals can get into bottled water should be a strong deterrent.