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Air FreshenersDo You Worry About The Air Quality In Your Home?

Studies show that indoor air is commonly found to be 2 to 10 times more polluted than outdoor air. In some cases as much as 100 times! Research has also shown that 10% of children born into families who used cleaning products such as bleach and carpet cleaners were twice as likely to battle asthma than those who were exposed to cleaning products the least. Children are highly vulnerable to chemical toxicants. Pound for pound, they drink more water, eat more food, and breathe more air than adults.

When cleaning products and air fresheners are used indoors, occupants are exposed to airborne chemicals, potentially leading to health risks1. Frequently, ingredients are not even listed on the container. You have to call a phone number to learn the ingredients! Toxins including formaldehyde, phenol, benzene, toluene, and xylene are all found in common household cleaners and cosmetics. Benzene is a known human carcinogen (cancer causing agent), yet is listed as a synonym of ingredients in products including Lysol sanitizing wipes, Spic and Span, and Mr. Clean, as well as Johnson's Baby Lotion, Dove soap, and Old Spice aftershave (just to name a few)!

The National Institutes of Health and National Library of Medicine have a Household Products Database which provides information on almost any brand of cleaning product. You can find out what toxins are contained in products, brand by brand. It lists the ingredients in a specific product, and states the health effects. There is also the opportunity to search for information by chemical ingredient to discover which harmful toxins a product may contain.

The website to explore this information is:
http://www.householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov/ingredients.htm

Note: Although informative, the database still has some "missing" information. For instance, some ingredients are listed as "Quality Control Agent(s)" and "Cleaning Agent(s)" rather than listing the actual chemical.

Other common chemicals within the products such as ethylene-based glycol ethers and terpenes may react with ozone to form additional chemicals including hydroxyl radical, secondary aerosol (a form of fine particulate matter), and additional formaldehyde.

Read the study details:
> http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/abstracts/01-336.htm

A recent study concluded that exposure to household cleaners and air fresheners may be responsible for one out of every seven cases of adult-onset asthma2.

Environmentally and health conscious people have been avoiding aerosol cleaners, and going for non-toxic and biodegradable products. Although these non-toxic products expose you to less chemical residue, they unfortunately kill beneficial bacteria as well as the pathogenic (harmful) bacteria. This may leave the clean surfaces prone to quick repopulation with the harmful bacteria.

Recently, a revolutionary type of household cleaner has become available. Instead of killing all of the microorganisms on the cleaning surface, it actually leaves behind beneficial bacteria that will live on the surface and protect the surface from repopulation with harmful bacteria. These beneficial bacteria are safe and even healthy to eat! This probiotic household cleaner breaks down grease, grime and dirt while neutralizing odors.

For non-aerosol air freshener spray, consider Rainforest Air Freshener with certified organic ingredients and a mixture of relaxing aromas including Blue Cypress and Lemon Myrtle.

Other respiratory irritants that you should be a ware of include those found in laundry detergents and fabric softener sheets. A study conducted in 2000 found the emissions from fabric softener dryer sheets induced sensory irritation, lung irritation, and airflow limitation (constriction of airway passages) due to lung inflammation3.

For laundry products, consider using biodegradable, unscented products such as the Seventh Generation line.

A final suggestion to reduce your indoor air pollution is to open your windows for a few minutes every day (even in winter). Usually the best time to do this is in the early morning when auto, aircraft and factory pollution has had the prior evening to dissipate. Ideally, prior to "rush hour."

> Try the Probiotic Household Cleaner now: Probiotic Household Cleaner

> Try Rainforest Air Freshener spray now: Rainforest Air Freshener

References:
1. Nazaroff W and Weschler C. Cleaning products and air fresheners: exposure to primary and secondary air pollutants. Atmosph Environ 2004 June;38(18):2841-2865.
2. Zock J, Plana E, Jarvis D, et al. The use of household cleaning sprays and adult asthma. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2007;176:735-741.
3. Anderson R, Anderson J. Respiratory toxicity of fabric softener emissions. J Toxicol Environ Health A 2000 May 26;60(2):121-136.


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