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Are Commercial Cleaners Harmful to Your Children?

Cleaning your house with toxic chemicals is as harmful as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. That is the consensus of an independent study on cleaning products used to clean our homes. If this is true, is it worth the risk to our kids?

Adults are a little more resilient to most substances, including chemical cleaners. But children’s lungs are more sensitive since they are still growing and we want to protect them from this as much as possible. Breathing in the fumes from these chemicals can irritate the lining of the lungs in both adults and children.

Toxic chemicals are extremely dangerous because:

• Due to their lower body weight, children are more susceptible to the damaging effects of chemical substances.

• Their bodies are still developing and do not have the ability to detoxify themselves yet.

The way these chemicals are mixed and used can affect respiratory health. Some chemical cleaners should not be combined in cleaning solutions. Often consumers are unaware of this and are just following what their parents did years ago.

The homes that children grow up in should be clean and free of toxic chemicals. Of course, that does not mean giving up on having a clean house. It just means finding other methods or solutions for more ecologically-friendly cleaners. Living in a toxic environment is just as bad as living in a dirty house. Both are bad for children’s health.

Toxic chemicals found in many cleaning products include:

Ammonia

Chlorine bleach

Sodium Hydroxide

Quaternary Ammonia Compounds (QUATS)

These compounds are found in such products as detergent and dishwashing liquid, air fresheners, rug and upholstery cleaners, and furniture/floor polishes.

These products can irritate the eyes, nose, and throat and cause headaches, according to the American Lung Association.

There is good news however, you can give your children a safe, clean home without the dangers of harsh chemicals. EcoSense products combine technology with all-natural plant-based biodegradable ingredients to help you keep your home and environment clean.

EcoSense cleaning and laundry products contain Melaleuca Oil, an essential oil distilled from the leaves of the native Australian plant Melaleuca alternifolia, also known as Tea Tree Oil. These products are made without harsh chemical additives or ammonia for a gentle cleaning and fresh, clean scent.

EcoSense products are the safer, more effective alternative to harsh chemical cleaners for an environmentally safe home.

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