Every day people are exposed to hidden toxins, whether it be at school, work or even at home. Pollution is all around us and most of the time we cannot control it, but sometimes we can. Until recently, indoor air pollution had been largely ignored as a source of exposure to toxicity. But studies have shown that levels of harmful chemicals in indoor air may exceed the standards set by the EPA to protect us from harmful chemicals. One of the many ways we can control the pollution in our homes is through awareness of toxic chemicals found in cleaning products.
Whether you are cleaning daily or once a week, it is important to know what common chemicals found in products are harmful to you and your family. Chlorine, ammonia, sodium hydroxide, 2-butoxyethanol, PERC, triclosan, and added fragrance are just some of the many chemicals that have been found to cause short-term and long-term health effects. Short-term symptoms include skin irritations, sore throat, dizziness, and loss of coordination. Studies have shown that exposing yourself to these harmful toxins over the years may lead to chronic bronchitis, liver and kidney damage, asthma, fertility issues including reduced sperm counts, birth defects and even cancer.
Who is vulnerable to these damaging health effects? Everyone at home, especially pregnant women and children. Children are especially susceptible to the negative effects of chemicals. Pound for pound, children breathe more air, drink more water, and eat more food, and when they play, they crawl and put things in their mouths. As a result, they have an increased chance of exposure to potential pollutants, and because children’s bodies are still developing, they may process these pollutants differently from adults. Nursing mothers and women who are pregnant, or plan to become pregnant, should also take precautions.
Our free workshop is designed to provide the knowledge and awareness to the community about the potential health effects linked to commonly used cleaning products at home. During our talk you will learn about what goes in many store-bought cleaners and the harm they cause. You’ll see how everyday products like lemon, salt, baking soda, club soda, white vinegar and olive oil, essential oils or ENJO fibres and ENJO chemical free helperscan make every room in your home sparkle. Each of our workshops are tailored to your specific needs. Reach out to us today for your free workshop and know that with small changes you will breathe cleaner air in your home, school or workplace.