Cleaning agents: health risks

For most of us, household cleaners are as much a part of our domestic life than cleaning in itself. They provide a great assistance when cloths and water are insufficient. Cleaning should ensure hygiene and disinfection, which encourages us to use powerful detergents to feel safe. A pleasant fresh scent is released afterwards. So where is the problem?
Yes to hygiene: what are the components of household cleaners?
The truth is that we already suspect they don‘t only bring benefits. When using ammonia, chlorine and perfumes emitting a strong smell can sometimes become annoying and no one would want to be voluntarily exposed, except if we deem it absolutely essential. Additionally, the degreasing power of various cleaners is obtained from a volatile substance, glycol ether, and can be absorbed through breathing.
Regular exposure to these substances can provoke damages in the organism. They appear as temporary symptoms such as irritation of mucous membranes and eyes, dizziness and nausea (already in itself an intoxication) and can even go as far as damage the bone marrow or the reproductive system, or even lead to anaemia.
American scientists warn to take these seemingly unimportant symptoms as reactions to the components of cleaning products seriously. An irritation of mucous membranes may appear innocuous but it shows that an important exposition to toxic substances happened and could lead to more severe problems.

How can cleaning be particularly dangerous?

Generally, cleaning products are not placed on the market until it is established that no health risk exists. However, the test conditions do not correspond to a realistic use in a household. Powerful ventilation does not prevent indoor spaces from being contaminated by cleaning products fumes to such an extent that measurement results showed the statutory thresholds designed to guarantee an acceptable air quality indoor in terms of health are regularly exceeded.
Enclosed spaces without windows and badly ventilated rooms create in households a risk situation when using glycol ether-based cleaning products. Their statutory thresholds are significantly exceeded and constitute an acute health hazard.
Fragrances do the rest, even in ecological detergents. Lemon and pine aromas are responsible for the development of allergies, if not asthma. Furthermore, they react with ozone in the ambient air under the action of other toxic products. Even ventilation is unable to eliminate these products out of a room as quickly as necessary for a reasonable use of household cleaners.
Manufacturers must warn as well not to use different detergents in the same room. In practice, nothing prevents from using and mixing different detergents according to the different tasks to perform. The components then interact and create new toxic substances.

The alternative solution: chemical-free cleaning

It seems impossible but it is in reality quite simple: clean your home without any chemicals and get better results! The Noel Mondo cleaning system combines in one efficient appliance a high pressure steam cleaner, a vacuum and an air purifier. You‘ll be able to hygienically clean in any situation, with no compromise and with no cleaning product.
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