In our previous blog, we learned just how harmful bleach can be. But bleach isn’t the only harmful thing lurking under your kitchen sink. Many of the ingredients in common chemical cleaners are toxic, and can have harmful health effects. According to the EPA, 50% of all illness can be traced to indoor pollution, and household cleaners are a huge contributor to indoor pollution! You may already know that some cleaners can cause asthma, or skin irritations, but here are some of the other way that the chemicals in household cleaner can affect your health:

  1. Carcinogens

Carcinogens are things that cause cancer. Often these carcinogenic chemicals interfere with hormones and promote the rapid cell growth that can lead to tumours, and cancer. However, it isn’t just the heavy-hitting disinfectants that contain carcinogens: coal tar dyes are found in many cleaners.

Yes, you read that right: coal tar!

The dyes contain trace amounts of heavy metals (think arsenic and lead!), which are very easily absorbed through the skin. The worst part? The dyes are completely necessary for the product to work!

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2. Hormone Disruptors and Weight Gain

Your body uses hormones as chemical messengers. Some chemicals found in cleaners interfere with these messengers: they may block the hormone entirely, or even mimic it.

This can lead to big problems in the reproductive system: decreased sperm count, birth defects, and hormonal imbalances.

But these hormone disrupting chemicals can also have another effect: weight gain. Your metabolism is regulated by hormonal messengers the same way the rest of your body is. These chemicals can get in the way of your healthy metabolism, and cause you to pack on the pounds.

And it isn’t just your metabolism that these nasty chemicals can affect: they can also cause your body to


That’s right. If toxins get into your body (through your skin or lungs, for example), and they can’t be properly disposed of, your body surround them with a layer of fat cells to keep the toxin away from vital organs. Imagine all the molecules of toxins in each spray of aerosol cleaner! No wonder we have trouble keeping the weight off.

3. Organ Damage and Illness

Some chemicals found in household cleaners can affect:

  • kidneys
  • liver
  • heart
  • lymphoid system
  • eyes
  • lungs

Almost every vital organ can be negatively affected by the same chemicals you THINK are keeping you healthy and germ-free. Symptoms like nausea, diarrhea, headaches, and breathing problems are just indicators of much bigger problems.

Why take such a risk with your health when there are safer alternatives available? That’s why Canada’s Cleaning Crew uses natural cleaners: your health is important to us!


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