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Cleaning Chemicals Harmful Effects

15 Oct 2018 9:16 AM | Adriana Robine
Protecting the health of place occupants and cleaning staff while enhancing overall productivity, is one of the most difficult challenges nowadays with so many harmful chemicals exposed in the market.

Certain chemicals in cleaning products have been linked to fertility problems, birth defects, increased risk of breast cancer, asthma and respiratory disorders, and hormone disruption. Some products release dangerous chemicals, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Other harmful ingredients include ammonia and bleach. 

VOCs and other chemicals released when using cleaning supplies contribute to chronic respiratory problems, allergic reactions and headaches. 

Many cleaning supplies or household products can irritate the eyes or throat, or cause headaches and other health problems, including cancer. Cleaning supplies and household products containing VOCs and other toxic substances can include, but are not limited to:

Aerosol spray products, including health, beauty and cleaning products;

• Air fresheners;

• Chlorine bleach*;

• Detergent and dishwashing liquid;

• Dry cleaning chemicals;

• Rug and upholstery cleaners;

• Furniture and floor polish; 

• Oven cleaners

Be conscious, choose green cleaning products, be a green cleaning place, preserve your health and others with small changes.


References: https://www.womensvoices.org/safe-cleaning-products https://www.lung.org/our-initiatives/healthy-air/indoor/indoor-air-pollutants/cleaning-supplies-household-chem.html

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