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Ditch These 4 Toxins in Your Home Cleaners

Holiday preparations are in full swing and for many people this means getting your home in tip top shape before it starts filling up with family and friends. A worry free way to tidy your home for all your holiday celebrations is to use “clean” cleaners. Sounds crazy right, but all cleaner aren’t all made the same. Many mainstream cleaners contain a plethora of toxic chemicals that do more harm than good (for us and the environment). Luckily, the solution is pretty easy, it starts with reading the back of the bottle and staying away from these 4 ingredients.

 

Phthalates- A group of chemicals used to soften and add flexibility to plastics. These chemicals are present in an alarming number of consumer goods from food packaging, to cleaning products, to cosmetics and fragrances. Here’s the kicker; you’re unlikely to see them listed on the ingredient label as many companies don’t have to disclose what’s in their scents. Essentially if you see the word “fragrance”, it’s highly likely the product contains these hard-to-spell chemicals. What’s the harm? Phthalates are known endocrine disruptors. Meaning they can interfere with the secretion of hormones that regulate various bodily functions. It’s serious stuff.  Exposure to phthalates mostly occurs through inhalation, but it can happen through skin contact with everyday products like scented soaps.

Triclosan - This chemical right here is the ingredient added to many products (think soaps, body washes, hand sanitizers) to reduce or prevent bacterial contamination. Hello, “antibacterial”. What’s the harm? On top of being a potential endocrine disruptor, Triclosan is an aggressive antibacterial chemical that can promote the growth of drug-resistant bacteria. You know our stance on bacteria-killing; it does more harm than good, in both our homes and bodies. We need bacteria, to fight bacteria.

2-Butoxyethanol - Used in many household cleaning products; specifically window, kitchen and multipurpose cleaners. It’s a member of the “glycol ethers” family, which are a powerful set of solvents. They are highly toxic and have almost no smell, leaving us at risk of overexposure without knowing it. What’s the harm? This chemical is not to be messed around with. It has the potential to cause irritation in the throat and on the skin, onset chronic fatigue, induce headaches and more severely, can contribute to liver and kidney damage.

Ammonia- This disinfectant is used to kill germs. It also doubles as a polishing agent due it’s streak-free, clear result. Do you know where you might find this bad-boy? You guessed it - ammonia is a regular in bathroom, sink and glass cleaners. What’s the harm? Not only does it smell horrible, but Ammonia is also a super effective irritant. It can (and most likely will) irritate your skin, eyes and lungs and is especially dangerous for asthmatics. To top it off, when mixed with bleach, ammonia turns to a poisonous gas called chloramine

The Counter Culture team knows a thing or two about hosting a good party and having a great time! Our holiday parties are known to carry on well into the early hours of the next morning....but that's a different topic all together. During this season of FABULOUS celebrations let's remember that it's the love and attention to details that make guests feel warm and welcomed. With the right tools you can spend less time worrying and more time enjoying your peeps!








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