Guys, you know I love to clean. I'm well aware that this makes me sound like a nut, but there's something so stress-relieving about a good scrub of the bathtub or a whole-house vacuuming tirade. But, a while ago, I realized that the cleaning product I was using to scour my bathroom was leaving me feeling a bit woozy and wheezy. A health warning for you (and me) and a great healthier product to try ...
I recently broke up with Comet (you know, the powdered cleaner for the bathroom?). I'm a little embarrassed to admit it, given my interest in green living, but I've been using this not-so-eco-friendly cleaner for years. Don't shoot me! My mom used it when I was growing up, as did my grandma. It was my norm!
But, several months ago, I realized that I actually felt a bit sick after cleaning the bathroom--cough, mild nausea, headache. Whoa! And then one day, after scouring out the sinks, I noticed that my lungs sort of felt weird. Every time I took a deep breath, I felt like coughing.
This was my wake-up call.
I did a little research and found some enlightening facts about the cleaner I've used for years. Apartment Therapy had this to report: "According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (a division of the Department of Health and Human Services), sodium hydroxide [an ingredient in Comet, and cleaners like it] 'is very corrosive and can cause severe burns in all tissues that it comes in contact with. Sodium hydroxide poses a particular threat to the eyes, since it can hydrolyze protein, leading to severe eye damage. Inhalation of sodium hydroxide (most common when you're cleaning in small spaces like bathrooms) 'is immediately irritating to the respiratory tract. Swelling or spasms of the larynx leading to upper-airway obstruction and asphyxia can occur after high-dose inhalation. Inflammation of the lungs and an accumulation of fluid in the lungs may also occur."
Yes, these are extreme warnings, but you know what? With apologies to Comet, I'm no longer willing to risk my lung health for a sparkling bath tub.
My healthier alternative? I've switched to Mrs. Meyers Surface Scrub, which isn't made with harsh chemicals, yet still provides the power to get my bathroom clean. I also love that it comes in scents that include Basil (my fave) and Lavender!
Tell me your thoughts on harsh cleaning products? Do you have qualms about hardcore cleaners as I do? What alternatives have you found?
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