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GetCleanHandout

GetCleanHandout

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The real dirt on clean.
You know that good, healthy eeling you get when you’ve justcleaned house? Sorry to spoil it, but you may have just madeyour home dirtier.Think o it this way. You wouldn’t let your kids play with toxicchemicals, so why would you let the baby crawl over a oor that’sjust been wiped with them? That’s much more dangerous than theorange juice that was just there.How dangerous? Just take a look at these statistics.• Over
90% of poison exposures
happen at home.• Common chlorine bleach is the
#1 household chemical
 involved in poisoning.• Organic pollutants, ound in many common cleaners andeven air resheners, are ound at levels
2 to 5 times higherinside your home
than out.• A person who spends 15 minutes cleaning scale o showerwalls
could inhale three times
the “acute one-hour exposurelimit” or glycol ether-containing products set by the CaliorniaOfce o Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.• Common cleaners give o umes that can potentially
increase the risk of kids developing asthma
, the mostcommon chronic childhood disease.
1 in 13
school-aged children has asthma. Rates in childrenunder fve have
increased more than 160%
rom 1980 1994.
Children are highly vulnerable to chemical toxicants.
Poundor pound o body weight, children drink more water, eat moreood, and breathe more air than adults. The implication o thisis that children will have substantially heavier exposures thanadults to any toxicants that are present in water, ood, or air.• I your home is anything like the average U.S. home, yougenerate
more than 20 pounds of household hazardous waste
 each year (the EPA designates toilet cleaners, tub and tilecleaners, oven cleaners, and bleach as hazardous waste).To ind out what’s lurking onyour shelves, go to the NationalInstitutes o Health Library oMedicine Household ProductsDatabase. You can search almostany brand o cleaner you use, fndout what’s in it, and uncover itslinks to health eects. Or searchby chemical ingredients (see listbelow or some examples) anddiscover what brands contain it.The inormation may shock you.Chemical ingredients to look out or:• Sodium hydroxide• Hydrochloric acid• Butyl cellosolve(2-Butoxyethanol)• Formaldehyde• Bleach (sodium hypochlorite)• Ammonia• Sulamic acid• Petroleum distillates• Suluric acid• Lye (potassium hydroxide)• Morpholine
www.householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov/ingredients.htm

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