Cleaning Products and Human Health

On any normal cleaning day in a normal home, levels of chemicals in the indoor air can be hundreds, even thousands of times higher than the outdoor air in the most thickly populated urban centers. Indoor air pollution level is even higher in workplaces.

Many researcher’s point out that long-term low-level exposure to chemicals may be just as dangerous as short-term high-dose exposures. Research also indicates that people do not understand the impact of exposure to the chemical-loaded air and dust found in living spaces. Testing for human health effects is normally done on single chemicals. But in the real world, we are all exposed to a variety of chemicals every single day.

Earlier, most household cleaning tasks were accomplished using relatively safe ingredients commonly found in most homes. With the advent of petroleum-based chemicals after the industrial revolution, corporations began to manufacture ready-made cleaning products. Today, most people are accustomed to buying a wide range of products custom-designed for the many surfaces, materials and rooms in their homes. . . . . Read the rest of this article ยป

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