Lethbridge Health Food and Wellness Expert – Cathy Lancaster & Cris Robinson

The Dangers of a Clean House

Ok, well the danger isn’t the clean house, a clean house is a good idea, but the danger is in the products that you are cleaning the house with.

We might think that a product is safe because it is available for sale in our grocery store but often that is not the case. Many products are not tested and we are finding that there are health issues linked to the products we are using in our home.

The American Lung Assoc. says that household cleaners can cause dizziness, nausea, allergic reactions, and eye, skin, and respiratory tract irritation and that some can cause cancer. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) says that  indoor air pollution levels can be as much as 100 times worse than outdoor air pollution due to home decorating and cleaning supplies. Many minor health effects have been linked to indoor air pollution and the EPA says that worse health effects may show up years after exposure has occurred and can include respiratory diseases, heart disease, and cancer. The European Respiratory Journal, reports that expectant mothers who use household cleaning products may be putting their child at an increased risk of developing asthma as a youngster and the EWG notes that 232 industrial chemicals and pollutants have been found in the  umbilical cord blood of newborns.

But there are awesome options!! Some of our favorites include The Bare Company where all of their cleaners are made with natural, plant based ingredients in small batches in the Crowsnest Pass, Sapadilla and Live for Tomorrow, both made in Vancouver BC.