Household Products – They Are Useful but Deadly   

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 give the 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 an easy, simple and convenient way. These products seem to serve some true purposes – as what mentioned earlier; from cleaning to disinfecting. But what they actually do is causing health damages.

No products (garage cleansers, floor cleaners, dishwashing liquid, detergent, fabric softeners, and the lists just continue on) are without chemicals. If you don’t believe, check the ingredient list on the packaging of your household products at home (or in the supermarket if you are shopping for them). Then simply choose one chemical listed in the
ingredient list, “google” (for the non tech-savvy, it means browse the internet to search for a certain info) the term and read the potential health hazards. Then have “fun” reading the long list of health hazards related to each of the product you have “googled”. 

Think you are just applying it externally and it won’t get into your body?
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 perfect barrier to the harsh chemicals in household products. Our skin can be quite a good barrier but it also acts as a chemical courier. To simply things, our skin is actually semi-permeable. Chemicals with molecules smaller than our skin pores can be absorbed into our bloodstream within 30 seconds of application. The chemicals will accumulate in our body until one day, once it reaches a dangerous level, it will star causing serious complication including cancer! Besides, damaging our skin will weaken our immune system because our skin is responsible to 70% of our immunity to illness. 

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 from staring eyes).

So we may think that some chemicals that smells great can be either deadly (think air fresheners) or just alright (can’t think of any except the smell of peeled oranges). However, there are some chemicals have no smell too – now that is a scary thought, as we do not know what we are “not smelling” right at a particular moment is actually dangerous and odorless volatile chemical vapors. The smaller the molecular sizes of the chemicals, the easier they penetrate our respiratory systems. Hence, actually we are inhaling air polluted by carcinogens, neurotoxins or cellular mutagens without us realizing.

We can ‘feel’ chemicals with our skin, we can ‘smell’ chemicals and we can ‘eat’ chemicals (foods and beverages) daily. Not to forget the unwanted but somehow considered as necessary stuffs; e.g.: antiseptics, oil-removers, bleach, preservatives, coloring agents, flavoring 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 through the skin we feel, the air we breathe, the food and beverage we consume through the products. So now, can you imagine how much chemicals you feed your body every day? 


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