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3 Hidden Toxins: What’s in Your Cleaning Products?

Is it true?  Are there really hidden toxins in our homes & in our cleaning products?  Yes

We assume that the products we buy on grocer store shelves, that hip new health food store are safe. But in fact, many popular household cleaners are dangerously toxic. What are these dangerous toxins that are harmful to us all?

The average household contains toxic chemicals that are dangerous to you, your family, and your pets. Aside from our homes, we’re exposed to them routinely — from the phthalates in synthetic fragrances to the noxious fumes in oven cleaners. Ingredients in common household products have been linked to small symptoms like sneezing, itchy eyes to more serious issues like weight gain, respiratory problems, as well as life threatening issues of cancers, reproductive disorders, hormone disruption and neurotoxicity.

Here are the top three toxins in our homes.



Found in: Many fragranced household products, such as air fresheners, dish soap, even toilet paper. Because of proprietary laws, companies don’t have to disclose what’s in their scents, so you won’t find phthalates on a label. If you see the word “fragrance” on a label, there’s a good chance phthalates are present.

Health Risks: These plasticizer chemicals make personal-care products easier to handle and apply. They’re also suspected endocrine disruptors and reproductive toxins, and definitely not something that should be in cosmetics targeted at women (or anyone, for that matter).



Found in: Most liquid dishwashing detergents, toothpaste and hand soaps labeled “antibacterial.”

Health Risks: This antibacterial compound found in toothpastes, soaps and hand sanitizers may do more harm than good, since it may interfere with hormone. Plus, it contributes to the creation of superbugs, as bacteria become resistant to its antibiotic properties.



Found in: Glass Cleaner, polishing agents for bathroom fixtures, sinks and jewelry.

Health Risks: Because ammonia evaporates and doesn’t leave streaks, it’s another common ingredient in commercial window cleaners. That sparkle has a price. Ammonia can also create a poisonous gas if it’s mixed with bleach.


Manufacturers argue that in small amounts these toxic ingredients aren’t a problem, but when we’re exposed to them routinely, and in combinations of other that are “not a problem”, the risk is unmeasurable. While a few products cause immediate reactions from acute exposure (headaches from fumes, skin burns from accidental contact), different problems arise with repeated contact. Chronic exposure adds to the body’s “toxic burden” — the number of chemicals stored in its tissues at a given time.

So what is the alternative?  Natural healthy options are out there.  Connect with me each and every month as we explore some of the best healthy options available today.