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Harmful Household Products

Posted on June 14, 2017 at 4:55 PM

Chances are, you clean your house regularly and are mindful of dust, germs, and other pesky things invisible to the naked eye. If so, kudos to you, but you might be unaware of how hazardous these products can be.

Many accepted household products are actually very reactive and contain ingredients that can be bothersome for children and adults alike. (And pets too!) Let’s go through a couple of these products:

Room Sprays like Febreze

You may think you’re making the room smell like a field of lavender, but sprays like Febreze actually work by shutting down the olfactory senses! What does this mean? It means that the odour is still in the air, you just can’t smell it anymore because that sense is “turned off” so to speak. So now you’re not only breathing in the odour molecules, but also the various chemicals in the spray as well. Spoiler alert, these chemicals should definitely NOT be inhaled! The ingredients list is nasty, including acetaldehyde, ethyl acetate, BHT, propylene glycol, and 1,3-dichloro-2-propanol. The effects of these chemicals range from allergies and skin/eye irritation, to hormone disruption, cancer promotion, and even brain/nervous system disruption! And if you need yet another reason to ditch the Febreze, it doesn’t kill bacteria when sprayed. I think it’s safe to say the only place this household staple belongs is in the trash!

Commercial Dryer Sheets

Similar to Febreze, these sheets are chock full of artificial scents. When we constantly stick our clothes and bed sheets in an environment saturated with these scents, it’s no surprise that they then transfer to our own bodies and we find ourselves and our children prone to rashes and/or respiratory disorders.

If you’re reading this right now and saying “Wait, how am I supposed to get that gentle breeze scent without my dryer sheet?” I’ll tell you right now that hanging your clothes on the line is the only way to get an authentic “gentle breeze” scent. Not only will this save you electricity, but hopefully you may also find skin and respiratory irritations clear up as you ditch the chemicals!

If you’re not a fan of hanging your clothes on the line and still insist on using some sort of scent in the dryer, I urge you to make or buy some all-natural dryer balls. You can add drops of essential oil to the wool balls, giving you and your clothes a natural scent that is safe for both of you.

Are these products two of your household staples? If so, you’re going to want to switch to a natural alternative without all the nasties mentioned above. If you need help finding a suitable product, contact Harmony in Health for suggestions!

Remember, just because everyone else is using a product does not mean you should be too. It’s all right to be different and use a natural product instead of a commercial one. Your health is your responsibility, and it’s up to you to stand up for it and take care of yourself! Dare to nonconform!

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