I have been thinking about doing some research into toxins in the products I use in my home for awhile now, and I finally started! I had my info ready to type up yesterday, but I was gone all day and didn't get it done! I want to educate myself further on this topic, and also give you the information I collect, so that you can be informed and make some "ditch and switch" decisions for your family! In the future, I will be sharing knowledge of common items in our homes which have very unhealthy ingredients, on Tuesdays.
The first household cleaner I investigated is Pine Sol Original. I chose this first because not long ago, I entered the shop area of a small business where I do some work, and the shop owner had poured straight Pine Sol into the bottoms of a couple of "ripe" garbage cans. Not only did the entire building smell of the Pine Sol, but when I entered the enclosed back room where they were located, I could feel my bronchial tubes constricting and I started coughing. I also felt my throat "burning".
I am quoting information I retrieved from 2 websites: www.ewg.org and www.osha.gov
The Environmental Working Group rates products on a scale of A-F (like school grades; A being the best, F being the worst). Pine Sol got a "D" overall.
The first chemical I researched is Ethylene Oxide, which is one of the "cleaning agents" listed in the ingredients. EWG lists the following concerns regarding the agent: respiratory irritant, skin irritant, developmental and reproductive toxicity, cancer, eye corrosion. OSHA states," Ethylene Oxide (EtO) is produced in large volumes and is primarily used as an intermediate in the production of several industrial chemicals...Unfortunately, EtO produces several physical and health hazards that merit special attention. EtO is both flammable and highly reactive. Acute exposures to EtO may result in respiratory irritation and lung injury, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, shortness of breath and cyanosis. Chronic exposure has been associated with cancer, reproductive effects, mutagenic changes, neurotoxicity and sensitization."
Also appearing on the Pine Sol list of awesome ingredients is 1,4-Dioxane. EWG says that this chemical's concerns include cancer, liver damage, respiratory irritant, skin irritant, and serious eye irritant. OSHA says that health effects include known animal carcinogen (causes cancer), tumor promoter, cumulative liver and kidney damage, irritated eyes, nose and throat.
I don't know about you guys, but I will never buy Pine Sol again. For a great alternative that's safe, ask me about Thieves Cleaner! It is ultimately cheaper than all the toxic cleaners we have used in our homes, and it is completely safe. Cleans beautifully as well.
Since this is Wednesday, I'll mention my weigh in: back on track the past week! Total loss is 29.4 pounds at this point. It feels good.