Household cleaning products don’t have to undergo any standard safety tests. Even when they’re used according to the product directions, they contribute to indoor air pollution and can cause both immediate effects such as breathing difficulties or skin rashes, along with contributing to longer term problems such as nervous system disorders, hormone disruption, respiratory distress, and cancer.
And these are only the hazards occurring inside your home. Once they begin to enter the general environment, some of their negative effects can persist for decades.
The fragrances added to household products don’t help, either. Our National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health considers up to one-third of fragrance ingredients to be toxic.
How to find safer alternatives.
Here’s a link to a webpage from the Organic Consumers Organization with additional information and useful links to more healthful products.