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Side Effects Of Inhaling Cleaning Products

When it comes to cleaning our homes, we always want to ensure we remove every form of dirt, germ, and bacteria. This makes us go for the most effective and strong cleaning products available. But do you know while seeking that cleanliness level in your home, you are also putting yourself at risk?

Inhaling fumes and chemicals from these cleaning products can hurt your lungs and lead to a decline in their function. These cleaning products can also cause irritation to the eyes or throat, and also cause headaches.

Recent research, conducted for more than 6,000 respondents for more than 20 years found out that women who use spray cleaning products every week showed a decline in their lung function. Women who worked as cleaners and got exposed to the cleaning products daily saw the highest rate of decline in their lung function.

The report indicated this does not mean it is always harmful to clean your home. But the effects are most felt if you use industrial-strength cleaning products every day.

How to reduce the effects of cleaning products

Reduce the number of chemicals

For average cleaning activities in your home, consider reducing the number of chemicals you use. You can also prefer wiping the surfaces with warm water and a piece of cloth rather than using chemicals. They just clean as well as the chemicals but with no side effects on your lungs.

Avoid mixing cleaning products

Always keep your cleaning products separate. Some cleaning products when mixed together, they can cause effects such as coughing and difficulty breathing when you inhale them. A good example is mixing ammonia and bleach. When you mix the two, they produce toxic fumes, that in addition to coughing and breathing difficulties, they will cause irritation on the throat and the nose.

Avoid dangerous products

Always be careful and conduct your research to find out which products have been reported to cause respiratory issues. Some air fresheners, fabric softeners, and oven cleaners are known to be harmful to your health. Avoid using such products, no matter how effective they could be.

Store your cleaning products in their original containers

Storing the products in their original containers and labeling them will help you avoid confusion between them. This way, also, you can easily read the warning labels and instructions before you use them.

Wash hands after using cleaners

Always wash your hands after using cleaners and storing them out of reach of children. It is also advisable to seek immediate medical care if you notice a reaction on your body caused by using the cleaners.

Let professionals handle your cleaning needs

Sometimes, you don’t need to go through all this. Regal Carpet Cleaning Service has been providing affordable carpet and upholstery cleaning solutions for over 20 years. We have the right equipment for our own health safety while conducting cleaning services.

Why risk your health when you can have us do the cleaning for you?

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Households Products that Cause Cancer

Cancer has become a disaster in significant countries. It has emerged so fast and has led to many deaths so far. Cancer has no cure and what has led to this deadly disease is our modern ways of doing things. The condition is in groups that involve abnormal growth of cells that are potentially invading and spreads to other body parts. Cancer contrasts with benign tumors that do not leak.

What causes this abnormal growth are things we normally use in our workplace and home. Things that we don’t even think will cause cancer. Here are some of the household products that, if regularly used, may cause this deadly disease.

Shower Curtains

Shower curtains contain polyvinyl chloride and volatile organic compounds.

The shower curtains leak toxic, cancerous chemicals of about 108 chemicals into the air. The VOC has compounds like toluene and xylene. When the chemicals are inhaled, they may damage the respiratory system, liver, kidney, central nervous system resulting in abnormal growth, which results in cancer.

There are alternative curtains that are eco friendly and healthy that I think you may consider installing in your bathroom. Hemp is highly recommended because of its natural material, resistance to mildew, and bacteria. Hemp absorbs water and is machine washable. It has no plastic lining, which may cause cancer, making you safe all day long.

Styrofoam Cups

The styrofoam cups contain styrene. According to the research conducted by the National Research Council (NRC), styrene is listed among the products that are anticipated to be a human carcinogen. The styrene may leach out when the food or drinks served in styrene products are hot. When the food or drinks are cold, the styrene may not cause cancer.

It is advisable still to avoid using plastic products for hot food. Instead, use paper or glass cups; they are highly recommended.

Books on the Shelves

We are not saying reading books is terrible. Books contain ethylene oxide used to sterilize and fumigate old books, medical equipment, and food manufacturing supplies. The chemical is risky to you as the book owner.

Ethylene oxide causes lymphoma, leukemia, stomach, and breast cancer. The gas emitted from the chemical is flammable, sweet-smelling, explosive, and reactive. Once it penetrates through the lungs, it may cause these deadly diseases.

The only way you can reduce the risk of contracting these diseases is to avoid any product associated with ethylene oxide.

Granite Countertops

Granite countertops contain radon. Radon emits a gas that is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Radon is a radioactive gas, colorless, tasteless, and lacks smell resulting from uranium’s natural decay in soil, rock, and water. Whenever you are looking for a house or home, make sure the radon test is done before vacating it. Without knowing the radon level in the area, inhaling the radon into your lungs may cause lung cancer.

On matters concerning countertops, it is recommended to use quartz countertops instead. They are eco, friendly, and healthy.


Cancer awareness is paramount; knowing your health is the best decision you can make in your life. Most of the things we assume to look good in front of our eyes harm our health and may take away the people we love unknowingly. The household products mentioned above are just a few of the things that are hazardous to our system. Take caution and find alternatives to keep you safe and healthy.

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What do you think are the worst toxic chemicals in a house?

The industrial revolution war and the population explosion that followed gave rise to a chemical industry now worth almost four trillion euros worldwide annually. Exposure to combination and accumulation of chemicals has been linked to increased risk of cancer, childhood developments, and the reproductive system to have been harmed.

Toxic is something related to or caused by poison. It is the extent to which a chemical element or a critical mixture of substances can hurt a person. This injures a whole organism such as an animal, bacterium, or plant as well as the effect on a foundation of the organism, such as a cell, or an organ such as the liver. This toxicity depends on the practice of particular toxic material that may cause harm to somebody if it enters the body. When an individual body gets affected by the presence of toxic matter in the blood is called toxemia. Toxic shock syndrome is an acute disease probably of bacterial origin that is characterized by fever, sore throat, and diffuse erythema and occurs especially in menstruating females using tampons. This poisonous toxin when introduced into the tissues but is usually destroyed by the digestive process when taken by mouth. Venomous toxins become toxoid when it has lost toxicity but has retained the capacity to stimulate the production of or combine with antitoxins, used in immunization.

What are toxic chemicals?

Examples of highly toxic chemicals include hydrazine, mercuric, chloride, osmium tetroxide white or red phosphorus, sodium acid, and sodium cyaneid. The median lethal dose, for a dangerously toxic chemicals oral rat, LO50 less than 1mg 1kg of body weight people are generally concerned about chemicals like polychlorinated biphenyls (p c Bs) and dioxin which can be found at some hazardous waste sites.

Are these toxic chemicals being only to be found in huge science labs?

Big no! Toxic chemicals can be easily identified at your home. Almost 50% percent of our household substances that we use daily contain a poison that could affect our body in many ways. Products like household cleaners, prescription and over the counter drugs, gasoline, alcohol, pesticides, fuel oil, and cosmetics can be toxic too. Some toxics are hazardous because of their physical properties. They can explode, burn or react easily with other chemicals, gasoline can burn and its vapors can explode gasoline is also hazardous.

Sometimes what you know can help you! We should not blindly use all the household products which contain poisonous components. It is important to be aware of kitchen products that are powerful and has all the possibilities to hurt your physical health. By understanding how you can reduce exposure to chemicals and reduce your risk of harmful health effects.

It is necessary to understand toxic chemicals?

When you are going to be surrounded by these toxic chemicals, you must know how they can cause damage to your healthy physic to determine the risk of harmful health effects from a property. We must know how toxic the substance is, how much and by what means a person is exposed; and how sensitive your body is to the substance. Some are more dangerous than others; it depends on the types of effects. Different chemicals cause different effects. There might be some effects that are so obvious, some way has no noticeable effects during exposure. The potency of a chemical decides how toxic the substance can be.

Sodium cyanide is more potent than sodium chloride, intake methods are more effective a smaller amount of cyanide can poison you. A breakdown in the human body particularly damages the liver and kidney which leads to death. Antimicrobial has the ability to affect almost every part of humans. It may all start with small symptoms as diarrhea, sneezing or coughing, excessive urination, sore throat, nasal congestion.

Worst toxic chemicals in a house;

It is all around us, from domestic products to herbs and flowers, there will be always some deadly chemicals close at day. Some of the compounds at home are simply fatal through exposure and can attack and kill by themselves, some are used to make incendiary devices. The deadliest chemical depends on the volume used and the environment in which they are exposed.

  • Nicotine is a member of the nightshade family. A cigarette has become a style that makes people feel cool while indulging, but the serious consequences of its toxic combinations are very dangerous to both physical and mental health. It contains 0.6 and 3% nicotine inside of it, and contact with it in its purest liquid form would cause death within hours. Nicotine poisoning has been the result of the use of nicotine as an insecticide. Primary symptoms of nicotine poisoning include vomiting, abdominal pain, sweating hypertension, tremor, seizure, coma, respiratory problems.
  • Hydrogen Peroxide may be found in everyday cleaning products in our mains water and even in our hair products. There are several grades of this chemical that aren’t for domestic use. When the high-grade hydrogen peroxide is mixed with the solvent acetone. The result in Acetone Peroxide a highly deadly explosive.
  • Strychnine is highly toxic, colorless, bitter, alkaloid is used as a patricide to kill small animals such as a pesticide to kill small animals such as rats and birds. If it is swallowed, inhaled, or absorbed through the mouth or nose, muscular convulsion will take hold followed by death through asphyxia.

We live in the chemical world cleaning products, pharmaceuticals, paints, and pesticides contain some of 80,000 chemicals that now permeate our homes, our bodies, and our environment. They are unavoidable in our everyday life. But research has found they are harmful and have long-lasting effects.

Dangerous chemicals that we use every day;

  • Commercial cleaning products, scents, soaps, integers, bleaching agents, polishers, and specialized cleaners for bathrooms. These components end up in rivers and lakes that very bad for our environment.
  • Antibacterial cleaners contain ammonia, detergent, lye, cresol, and phenol. It is corrosive to tissues, and creates irritation to the eye, damages the liver, kidneys, lungs, pancreas, and spleen. More than anything it causes cancer and damages the circulatory system of the body.
  • Dishwater Deter irritates the skin. The main ingredient in all these detergents is phosphate which is to cause water pollution. This affects the living things water such as fish and other organisms.
  • purpose cleaners contain Ammonia, ethene, Glycol, monocytic, Acetate, Sodium hypochlorite, Trisodium, and Phosphate.
  • Oven cleaners contain extremely corrosive lye that can burn skin and eyes. There are various organic solvents and the most common ones in Benzene and its homolog, formaldehyde, and radioactive rare gas helium. Benzene causes Aplastic anemia.
  • Radon can cause Lung cancer and pollution. It has a radioactive inert gas and it is colorless and odorless. We can discover this in cement, sand, and gravel. Formaldehyde has a strong odor. It results in severe irritation in the respiratory system and chronic poisoning.
  • Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOC) can be commonly found in paints and adhesives. There are so many chemicals in the home that are toxic for humans and animals too.
  • Antifreeze is dangerous when accidentally swallowed. It ends up causing danger to the heart, brain, and internal organs. Bleach has strong effects on the respiratory system and burns skin and eyes. Carpet and upholstery cleaners contain naphthalene cause cataract formation and liver damage over a long exposure. air freshness contains formaldehyde which is allergize eyes, throat, and skin. Ammonia in cleaning products has the same effects on our body parts.