Household Products – They Are Useful but Deadly
Household products, personal care products and beauty
products – we
love to use them because they look good and smell good. They
results that we desire, get rid of germs on the floor, clear off
the grime on
your toilet bowl, cleanse dirt and cover imperfections – all in
simple and convenient way. These products seem to serve some
purposes – as what mentioned earlier; from cleaning to
what they actually do is causing health damages.
No products (garage cleansers, floor cleaners, dishwashing
detergent, fabric softeners, and the lists just continue on) are
chemicals. If you don’t believe, check the ingredient list on
of your household products at home (or in the supermarket if you
shopping for them). Then simply choose one chemical listed in
ingredient list, “google” (for the non tech-savvy, it means
internet to search for a certain info) the term and read the
hazards. Then have “fun” reading the long list of health hazards
each of the product you have “googled”.
Think you are just applying it externally and it won’t get into
Think our skin can be the barrier against the chemicals?
If you think so, then you are wrong!
You may have been thinking all this while that our skin is a
to the harsh chemicals in household products. Our skin can be
good barrier but it also acts as a chemical courier. To simply
skin is actually semi-permeable. Chemicals with molecules
our skin pores can be absorbed into our bloodstream within 30
application. The chemicals will accumulate in our body until one
it reaches a dangerous level, it will star causing serious
including cancer! Besides, damaging our skin will weaken our
system because our skin is responsible to 70% of our immunity to
Chemicals enter our bloodstream whenever breath (or rather all
the time, unless you are practicing some breathing exercise or
sucking in your
stomach to momentarily and visually make your belly goes away
So we may think that some chemicals that smells great can be
deadly (think air fresheners) or just alright (can’t think of
any except the
smell of peeled oranges). However, there are some chemicals have
smell too – now that is a scary thought, as we do not know what
“not smelling” right at a particular moment is actually
odorless volatile chemical vapors. The smaller the molecular
the chemicals, the easier they penetrate our respiratory
actually we are inhaling air polluted by carcinogens,
cellular mutagens without us realizing.
We can ‘feel’ chemicals with our skin, we can ‘smell’ chemicals
can ‘eat’ chemicals (foods and beverages) daily. Not to forget
unwanted but somehow considered as necessary stuffs; e.g.:
oil-removers, bleach, preservatives, coloring agents,
and stabilizers – all are made from chemicals. Think you are
safe if you
are a vegetarian? The truth is you are not. Chemicals are
applied in food
and beverage during processing, storage and packaging.
In short, we are supplying dangerous toxins in our body everyday
the skin we feel, the air we breathe, the food and beverage we
through the products. So now, can you imagine how much chemicals
feed your body every day?