The study, published in the journal Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health, compared the dangers of 37 different air fresheners, cleaning products, laundry supplies, and personal care products.
An Australian researcher from the University of Melbourne studied the ingredients in common consumer products and found a range of potentially harmful compounds. Of the 156 different volatile organic compounds (VOCs,) researchers found from the products they studied, 42 were classified as toxic or hazardous under U.S. federal laws.
The products contained an average of 15 VOCs, and each one contained at least one of the harmful chemicals. When they took a look at “green” fragranced products, they found more than 550 VOCs, but fewer than three percent of those ingredients were listed on the product label or material safety data sheet (MSDS).
Products with bleach are being linked to an increase in risk of respiratory infections in school aged children.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency some common chemicals in household products to watch out for are; ammonia, which can cause lung irritation, formaldehyde, a suspected human carcinogen, and phenol and cresol, which can cause kidney and liver damage. Not only are products mixing in potentially harmful ingredients, but certain chemicals like terpenes react with the ozone layer.
You may be able to avoid the risk by switching to all natural products.
Essential oils work really well. It’s better for you and the environment, they’re renewable, they’re recyclable, and it’s just an all around cleaner product. Instead of spraying, scrubbing, and washing yourself, your family, and possibly the environment with toxins, consider using one of many Mama’s Country Market’s products because there are no harmful compounds in them.