Household Cleaning Health & Safety Facts

Did you know?

  • Commercial cleaning companies are under no legal obligation to research how their products might harm human health.  1 out of every 3 chemical cleaning products contains ingredients known to cause human health or environmental problems.

  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found the levels of air pollution inside the home can be 2-5 times higher (and sometimes even 100 times higher) than outdoor levels.  An EPA study concluded that the toxic chemicals in household cleaners are 3 times more likely to cause cancer than outdoor air.

  • Another study comparing women who work outside the home with women who work at home, found a 54% higher risk of developing cancer in women who work at home. This study concluded that this is a direct result of the chemicals in household products.

  • 1 in 10 poison exposures in children under 5 are due to household cleaning substances.

  • Americans generate over 38 million tons of hazardous waste per year.

Here is an excellent resource to understand health and safety facts around chemicals used in our homes:

I have personally taken steps in our household to eliminate harmful chemicals, especially those found in household cleaning products!


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