It all started when my wife was pregnant with our first child. I was using a wet Swiffer on our kitchen floor while cleaning the house. I glanced down at the top of the Swiffer and in large, white, capital letters was the statement, “HARMFUL TO HUMANS.” I paused. Harmful to humans? Then why am I placing this chemical on my kitchen floor, where in a few short months my baby is going to be crawling around? From that day forward, I would never use a Swiffer again. This event sent my wife and I on a research and investigative journey. I wanted to know what cleaning products were harmful for humans and for the environment. Our findings were more than surprising — we were astonished. Most conventional cleaners are nothing more than toxic chemicals. They clean well. Real well. According to switchtosaferproducts.com:
- 62 toxic chemicals are in the average home.
- Over 72,000 synthetic chemicals have been produced since World War II.
- Toxic chemicals in household cleaners are three times more likely to cause cancer than outdoor air.
- Over 3 million poisonings are reported every year, and household cleaners are the No. 1 cause of poisoning of children.
- Bleach is linked to the rising rates of breast cancer in women, reproductive problems in men and learning and behavioral problems in children.
- Since 1980, asthma has increased by 600%. The Canadian Lung Association and the Asthma Society of Canada has identified common household cleaners and cosmetics as triggers.
- Formaldehyde, phenol, benzene, toluene and xylene are found in common household cleaners and cosmetics. These chemicals are cancer causing and toxic to the immune system.