Over the years, we have seen an incremental rise in respiratory conditions such as asthma. Furthermore, the demand for air purifiers and humidifiers suggests a surge in awareness within the community aiming to promote suitable air quality. For many, a trip to the supermarket to purchase cleaning products that fight mould and combat any unwanted odours is a simple list of multipurpose spray, washing liquids, air fresheners or scented candles. And, in a bid to reduce our exposure to harmful chemicals and fumes, we opt for the products promoting ‘natural’ or ‘plant-based’ on the label. For many discerning customers, it can be challenging to determine exactly what you are purchasing. Why? Because some products are not required by law to list all ingredients unless there is a known hazardous compound such as sodium hydroxide or bleach that requires a warning on the label. Cleaning products such as surface sprays can be riddled with dangerous ingredients causing lung irritations and skin damage. Even that wholesome scented candle could be adding synthetics and phthalates into your space, polluting the indoor air quality at home.
Research suggests that more than 95% of the chemicals in synthetic fragrances are derived from petrochemicals. These include benzene derivatives, aldehydes, phthalates and a myriad of other toxins that have been correlated to cancer, congenital disabilities, nervous system disorders and many common allergies. Exposure to these chemicals over time can have prolonged yet cumulative adverse effects to your health, with some even having intergenerational effects through genetic modulation. Although you probably won’t see your favourite smelling fabric softener or surface spray with a warning advising you that the fragrance contains phthalates, it’s crucial to reduce your exposure to these chemicals as much as possible to minimise the long-term effects.
How can I avoid unwanted chemicals in my household products?
Similar to making informed choices with the food you choose to consume, it’s essential to read the label. A simple way to avoid unwanted chemicals is to select organic cleaning products over ‘natural’ or ‘plant-based’. Alternatively, we would recommend avoiding all products with the ingredient ‘fragrance’. Our skin absorbs what it comes in contact with, so try and prevent all lotions, wipes, air fresheners, candles and detergents containing ‘fragrance’.
Sometimes it can feel overwhelming when aiming to live a low-tox lifestyle. However, it’s important to remember that by making lots of mindful changes, you can significantly reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals found in so many products out there.
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