When you go to the store and purchase your cleaning supplies, you probably have one thing on your mind. Cleaning! It’s easy to be wowed by the promise of products that are designed to bleach, scour, polish and basically leave your home sanitized and smelling great. But have you ever wondered what is in the chemicals used in cleansers, bleach, and disinfectants that make your bathtubs, kitchen counters and floors germ-free and sparkling clean? It may come as a surprise, but many of the cleaning products that you purchase in your local grocery or hardware store contain chemicals that can contribute to poor indoor air quality and can even by harmful if inhaled or touched. Studies indicate that some of the most toxic household cleaning products can be found in homes all across America.
Effects of Harmful Chemicals in Cleaning Supplies
Cleaning products contain different levels of ingredients which can affect the type of health hazards they pose. Some products cause immediate hazards including skin or respiratory irritation, water eyes, runny noses and chemical burns, others have been associated with long-term and chronic health issues such as cancer. Some of the most dangerous cleaning products are those that are corrosive in nature such as drain cleaners, oven cleaners, and toilet bowl cleansers. Corrosive chemicals can cause burns on the skin and eyes while products such as chlorine bleach and ammonia can produce fumes that can irritate the nasal passages, eyes, throat and lungs.
Phosphates in Cleaning Products
And it doesn’t just stop when the cleaning products disappear down the drain, these chemicals are treated along with water waste and sewerage at our municipal water treatment plants before being discharged into the nearby waterways. While many of the ingredients contained in our cleaning products break down into harmless substances, others don’t and are responsible for threating the quality of our water along with fish and wildlife. In fact researchers discovered that 66% of samples from streams across the country contained traces of disinfectants. One of the most published water pollutants is phosphates. When phosphates enter our waterways and streams, they act as a fertilizer which results in an overgrowth of algae. The imbalance in aquatic plant life depletes the oxygen supply in the water which ultimately results in the killing off of fish and other marine life.
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The good news is that both science and technology allow for products that can clean, disinfect and sanitize your home using ingredients that are eco-friendly. The knowledgeable experts at AAA Cleanco use eco-friendly cleaning products to reduce the exposure of harmful chemicals to you and your family and to help preserve the environment for future generations. Contact the professionals at AAA Cleanco today and ask about our comprehensive list of residential maid and janitorial cleaning services. All of our cleaning staff are professional, highly skilled and pay attention to the smallest detail using products that designed to safely and thoroughly clean your home or business.