This article will be a continuation due to the multitude of toxic products on the market today, which we have been forced to use for many years. I will be offering organic and safe product alternatives I use for some of the items below. It amazes me when I walk down the aisle of the grocery store of all of the toxic products people use every day in their households without considering all of the toxins they are using to “keep their homes” clean! Here is a list of the Top Hazardous Household Chemicals We Use Every Week: 1. Air fresheners and furniture polish; 2. Ammonia, Bleach and Toilet bowl cleaners; 3. Carpet and Upholstery Shampoo; 4. Dishwasher detergents; 5. Drain cleaner; 6. Mold, mildew and anti-bacterial cleaners; 7. Oven cleaners; and 8. Laundry room cleaners. How many of these toxic products are you using in your household? I am going to address each area in upcoming blogs offering clean, safe and organic products I use. I hope you will seriously think about what products you are using and how it effects your lives and your families lives. The public is just beginning to discover how many chemicals are in our every day common cleaning products on the market today. Toxic chemicals have been found to cause a variety of unexpected reactions. However, the long-term side effects of these chemicals are still not very well known. Experts are now recommending a movement toward non-toxic and natural cleaners as a matter of public health. Read more : http://www.ehow.com/about_6574138_toxic-chemicals-cleaning-products.html
Today I a going to address carpet and upholstery cleaners. Manufacturers recommend having upholstered furniture cleaned every 12-24 months depending on use. Chemicals like formaldehyde and chlorofluorocarbons, denatured ethanol, alkyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride, benzene, glycol ethers are other common ingredients in cleaners, which are essentially a series of pesticides, known carcinogens and neurotoxins.
What most people do not realize is the above chemicals are common ingredients in popular store bought household cleaners including glass, multi-surface and floor cleaners. Commercial products such as spray air fresheners, bathroom cleaners, carpet and upholstery shampoo, laundry detergents, stain removers, kitchen cleaners and even furniture polish all contain toxic chemicals that permeate the normal home. These cleaners are everywhere and can be found in practically every home, which makes the effects of these chemicals all the more concerning. I recommend using Shaklee’s Organic Basic H, Basic G and Nature Bright. These are non-toxic so you don’t have to worry about what chemicals are on the carpet that your kids and pets play on all day. Organic Basic H can be used to wash the carpet by using about 1 T per gallon, Basic G to disinfect the carpet using about 1 T per gallon and Nature Bright to brighten dull carpet by adding several scoops depending on your carpet. However, make sure to rinse well and vacuum after the carpet is dry. An excellent carpet and upholstery spot remover is Nature Brite, which is a powerful stain remover and removes the toughest stains. You can check out these products on my website: bevbrown.myshaklee.com.