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Dangers of household cleaning and disinfecting products

household cleaning products

Researchers are learning more all the time about the negative side effects of common household cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing products. The TL; DR version is cleaning chemicals can harm the air quality in your home and introduce toxic substances at harmful levels to children and adults.

Reasons to avoid using cleaning chemicals in your home

  • Household cleaning products are common causes of poisoning in children and adults
  • These chemicals can cause asthma and trigger asthma attacks
  • We don’t fully understand the long-term effects of exposure to these chemicals but evidence suggest it can lead to long-term health problems including cancer

Following is a list of a few chemicals commonly found in household cleaning products and their effects.

Ammonia

  • Can cause asthma and trigger asthma attacks
  • May irritate skin, eyes, and lungs

Bleach

  • Can cause asthma and trigger asthma attacks
  • May irritate skin, eyes, and lungs

Triclosan

  • May help create “Super Bugs,” antibiotic-resistant bacteria
  • Suspected endocrine disruptor (may lead to cancerous tumors, birth defects, and other issues)

Phthalates

  • Endocrine disruptor
  • Increases risk of allergies and asthma
  • Can affect neurodevelopment in children

These are just a few examples of the harmful chemicals found common household cleaners. There are many more not mentioned here that should be avoided. As if the dangers inside our home aren’t enough reason to avoid these products, these chemicals also have a negative impact on the environment, harming water quality, wildlife, and plants.

Microfiber and water as an alternative to chemicals

Before you crawl up into a ball and hide in the corner let me tell you what you can do to effectively clean your house without the chemicals. Tests published by the EPA have shown microfiber to remove up to 98% of bacteria and 93% of viruses from surfaces.

Tests by MojaWorks have shown a high quality microfiber like MojaFiber to remove up to 99.9% of biofilm from surfaces.

How to use MojaFiber microfiber cloths

To clean with MojaFiber, simply rinse the microfiber cloth and wring it out. Then fold it and fold again so you have 4 cleaning surfaces. Wipe the surfaces you want to clean, switching the side you use each time you wipe a new surface. When you’re finished just rinse the cloth out with warm water then leave it out to dry. The bacteria and biofilm will release and rinse down the drain, leaving a clean surface without chemicals.

To learn more about the difference between MojaFiber and typical microfiber as well as cotton cloths, click here. To see some of the options for high quality MojaFiber products, click here.