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The Hidden Dangers of Common Cleaning Products: What You Need to Know

Updated: May 17, 2023

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Unmasking the Hidden Dangers

Most of us spend a significant portion of our lives within the confines of our homes. As such, maintaining a clean and hygienic environment is crucial. While the sparkling surfaces and fresh scent of a recently cleaned house can give us a sense of satisfaction, have you ever paused to consider what's really in your cleaning products?

The harsh reality is that common cleaning products can contain chemicals that may pose hidden dangers to your health and well-being.

Hidden Chemicals and Their Impacts

Many cleaning products contain an array of chemicals that are not always listed on the product labels. For instance, some cleaning products may contain phthalates, which are often used as fragrances.

According to a study published in Environmental Health Perspectives in 2021, exposure to phthalates has been associated with various health issues, including hormone disruption and respiratory problems (source).

Other common cleaning chemicals include ammonia and chlorine bleach. These chemicals can irritate the skin, eyes, and respiratory tract, particularly when used in small, unventilated spaces (source).

Additionally, mixing certain cleaning products, such as those containing ammonia and chlorine bleach, can produce dangerous gases, posing a significant risk to your health.

The Green Cleaning Movement

Given these concerns, a growing number of people are shifting towards green cleaning—the use of cleaning methods and products with environmentally friendly ingredients designed to preserve human health and environmental quality.

Green cleaning products are typically biodegradable, phosphate-free, and made from renewable resources, minimizing their environmental impact.

How to Make the Switch to Safer Cleaning Products

Switching to safer cleaning products doesn't have to be overwhelming or expensive. Here are a few simple steps you can take to begin your journey towards a healthier home:

  1. Educate Yourself: Learn to read and understand product labels. Avoid products that don't list their ingredients or that contain phthalates, parabens, triclosan, or other potentially harmful chemicals.

  2. Start Small: You don't have to change everything at once. Begin by replacing one or two products and gradually make more changes as you become more comfortable.

  3. Opt for DIY Solutions: Many common household items, like vinegar and baking soda, can be used to make effective, non-toxic cleaning products at home.

However, if DIY isn't your style or you're looking for cleaning solutions with an extra layer of protection, there are safer, commercially available options out there.

Everest: A Safer Alternative

Everest Microbial Defense® offers a range of products designed to give your home a superior level of clean without the hidden dangers of common cleaning products. Our antimicrobial technology provides long-lasting protection against a broad spectrum of microbes.

All our products, from our NoStench® textiles to our 24 Hour Defense™ Foaming Hand Purifier, are formulated without the use of harsh chemicals, ensuring a safer, cleaner environment for you and your family. Take the first step towards a cleaner, safer home today with Everest.

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