Spring Cleaning Simple Swaps
by Dr. Melissa Sonners
I don’t know about you, but the warm weather, longer days, and sunshine certainly boosts my energy and motivation for Spring cleaning here in New Jersey! Jason and I are tackling closets, attics, and clearing so much clutter this month; our home already feels so much lighter! I know Spring is also a time when many of us will do much needed deep cleaning, which feels so good for our mental health, but are you aware of the damages these products can cause to our physical health?
Check out these facts shared by the Environmental Workers Group (www.EWG.org)
Fumes from some cleaning products may induce asthma in otherwise healthy individuals. A large and growing body of evidence links frequent use of many ordinary cleaning supplies at home or on the job with development of asthma and other respiratory problems. It is already known that cleaning product fumes may trigger attacks in persons previously diagnosed with asthma.
Common cleaning ingredients can be laced with the carcinogenic impurity 1,4-dioxane. Independent tests have detected the presence of 1,4-dioxane in numerous name-brand cleaning supplies. Other products contain preservatives that release low levels of cancer-causing formaldehyde.
Children born to women who held cleaning jobs while pregnant have an elevated risk of birth defects, according to a 2010 study by the New York State Department of Health.
Some cleaners can cause chemical burns and poisonings as well as less severe irritations and allergies. Severe physical reactions signal that consumers should take care anytime they use these products.
Despite these health concerns, cleaning product labels often do not give consumers enough information about their ingredients to allow people to make informed decisions on which ones are safer and which ones might harm their health.
Despite our desire to have a clean, fresh smelling home, I’m not sure anyone wants to expose their family to harmful products that could impact their health. So what do we do? Our family does “simple swaps.”
Thankfully, there are many products now available that smell good, are environmentally conscious AND pose little to no risk to our health. During the month of May, I will be sharing my tried and true as well as some new favorites on our social media platforms. I will show you simple swaps for your traditional products that can be purchased, as well as some that can be made at home for little to no cost. Be sure to follow us so you don’t miss any of these helpful and empowering tips!
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