What’s Lurking Under Your Kitchen Sink?

Did you know the household cleaners you use to make your house spotlessly clean are loaded with various toxins?

These toxins are utilized in almost all household cleaners to make them more effective and to add a fragrance to them.

I didn’t realize it until I researched that those with the most pleasant fragrances can also be the most toxic. 

Plus, we aren’t fully aware of the dangers these toxic ingredients pose to our health.

It takes time to learn about them and sometimes it can be overwhelming.

What's Lurking Under Your Sink

What’s Lurking Under Your Kitchen Sink?

It is essential for you to understand what exactly your cleaning products are made of and what hazards they can cause.

According to research, there are negative effects of not only the active ingredients but also the inactive ingredients.

These can affect your reproduction system, central nervous system, and other important bodily systems.

The information present on the labels of these products is often too scientific for us to understand.

Three Main Categories Of Toxic Ingredients

To make things simple, there are three main categories in which the majority of the dangerous toxic ingredients present in household cleaners come under:

1. Neurotoxins 

They alter neurons that affect your brain activity, leading to a variety of problems ranging from headaches to intellectual loss.

2. Endocrine Disruptors

These imitate human hormones resulting in false signals that confuse the body.

These increase the risk of health concerns like behavioral, growth, developmental, and reproductive problems.

These are also linked to ADHD, unusual prostate size, damage to the immune system, menstrual problems, miscarriage, premature puberty, reduced fertility, and cancers.

3. Carcinogens

These increase the chances of elevated cancer growth.

Chemicals In Our Household Cleaners

There are many toxic chemicals present in your household cleaners.

The Four Main Toxins Include:

1. Pesticides

The same elements that are meant to disinfect the place are the most dangerous ones. Even though disinfecting our houses is good for health, majority of the disinfectants are pesticides, which include endocrine disruptors and carcinogens. These are tricky to destroy once ingested.

2. APEs

These are surfactants. Their main purpose is to decrease the liquid’s surface tension, allowing it to spread more easily on the surface to be cleaned.

APEs are endocrine disruptors and are usually found in sanitary towels, disinfectants, and detergents.

3. Formaldehyde

This is typically known as a preservative. It is a carcinogen and is also a fungicide, bactericide, and germicide. It poses various health hazards and is present in most of the disinfectants and household cleaners.

It poses various health hazards and is present in most of the disinfectants and household cleaners.

4. Organochlorines

This is a mixture of carbon and hydrogen. These are bioaccumulative and can be deadly. Organochlorines are endocrine disruptors and carcinogens.

These are usually found in bleaches, de-greasers, and detergents.

Related: Cleanse toxins and lose weight with the Superfood Cleansing System

Health Problems From Toxins

These toxins present in a majority of the household cleaners can give way to major health concerns, including:

  • Birth defects
  • Autism
  • ADHD
  • Dyslexia
  • Mood swings
  • Decreased motor skills
  • Low sperms count
  • Premature puberty
  • Stuttering
  • Memory loss
  • Dizziness
  • Allergy attacks
  • Asthma
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Stiff joints
  • Backache and headache

What Can You Do About Toxins

It is best to avoid using toxic household cleaners and find less toxic ways to clean.

I’ve written several articles to help you get started. Click the links to read them.

How To Clean Your Home Without Toxins
DIY Natural Lysol Recipe
11 Ways To Clean With Essential Oils

14 Beauty Hacks Using Coconut Oil

Don’t get overwhelmed.  Living less toxic is a marathon, not a sprint.