Is our cleaning craze creating Toxic Homes
As parents, we all want the best for our children. Health and safety is always at the front of our minds. Keeping a clean home is one of the many ways parents try to safe-guard their kids from germs and bacteria.
Today, we have almost become fanatical when it comes to disinfectants, hand sanitizers, and anti-bacterial cleaning solutions. We think our actions are helping to protect our children. But could we be brewing toxic homes and making things worse?
Considering the majority of families spend over 90% of their time indoors, naturally we want the space we spend our time in to be comfortable and safe. Our homes shouldn’t smell bad, and we shouldn’t have to worry about mold, mildew and bacteria. Our home should be a safe haven, not a breeding ground for colds and flu. We are overwhelmed with products being marketed to basically create a germ free environment, practically
emulating a hospital surgical floor. While it may feel fresh and clean, it could be one of the many toxic homes today covered in chemical residues.
To start, what do we really know about the safety of the products we are using in our homes? Consider this. Have you ever used a disinfectant cloth to wipe down surfaces in your home, or perhaps sprayed some sort of chemical around to eliminate the germs? Then moments later, you place your beautiful, innocent little baby near that surface. They touch it, and then put their tiny hands into their mouth. Maybe you have even cleaned your baby’s crib with a home cleaning product, and then put your bundle to sleep in it? Most of us take these tasks for granted, and never consider what our kids could possibly be breathing in or being exposed to while they are playing and sleeping. I believe toxic homes are achieved by well intentioned Moms or Dads that simply don’t have access to important data relating to the safety of common household products.
The number one reason for hospitalization for kids is respiratory illnesses. Childhood asthma has jumped 400% over the past 20 years, cancer is a leading cause of death in children aged 5-9, second only to accidents or injuries. The truth is, we just don’t know what the long term health risks are that are associated with chemical cleaning products. Now, I cannot say there is a direct link between these types of illnesses and common household products, since we have no research or data available to us. What I am stating, however, is that since we are spending most of our time inside our home, it would be wise to question if how we are cleaning our home is nurturing our kids’ health or creating toxic homes.
The important point here is, we can’t sit around and worry about the toxic homes issue, we can work on our own personal solution. First, you need to educate yourself about the products you are using in your home, and ask yourself, is this something you would want to directly eat or inhale? if the answer is no, then you may not want to use that product, because your kids will be directly exposed through the air and through hand to mouth contact. Next, look for alternatives by researching home made natural methods to clean. You can also find companies that provide healthy environmental products than can accomplish what you desire, through different methods. For example, I sanitize my home with the use of an air purifier that cleans surfaces. There are many options available to us today. The simple truth is you want to educate yourself, and not leave your child’s health and safety in the hands of marketing giants. You don’t have to join the growing list of toxic homes today. Educate yourself and rest easy knowing you are doing what is truly best for the health of your family.