PRODUCT INVESTIGATION: The Health Costs of Clean

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Laundry and cleaning day arrive like clock work. While contemplating your weekly chore list, consider the following information about the ingredients in your laundry and cleaning products. It could change your health and possibly give you that advantage you need to fight for your health (e.g. cancer and debilitating diseases).

As a result of cleaners and other toxic household products, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that the air inside the typical home is 2-5 times more polluted than the air immediately outside—and in extreme cases, 100 times more contaminated.

Did you know that cleaning products are responsible for nearly 10 percent of all toxic exposures reported to U.S. Poison Control Centers?

Many laundry care products contain harmful ingredients. Always be vigilant about investigating the ingredients in the products you use. Ingredients sources and processing can change, potentially compromising the products safety. Just as a pain or nicotine patch delivers its dose throughout the body, residual amounts of harmful chemicals found in laundry and cleaning products (even after rinsing) can enter and be dispersed throughout the body, becoming a part of your body’s chemical equation and body pollution. An altered body chemical equation can cause interference, dysfunction and damage. Many brand name laundry and cleaning  products contain harmful chemicals, including carcinogens.


Laundry Detergent Ingredients:

Linear alkyl sodium sulfonates (LAS): Carcinogenic and reproductive toxins such as benzene are released into the environment in processing.

Petroleum distillates (aka napthas): These chemicals have been linked to cancer, lung damage, lung inflammation and damage to mucous membranes.

Phenols:  Severe toxicity results from phenol’s effects on the central nervous system, heart, blood vessels, lungs and kidneys.

Nonyl phenol ethoxylate:  Stimulates the growth of breast cancer cells and feminizes male fish.

Optical brighteners:  Toxic to fish. Causes bacterial mutations.

Phosphates: Stimulate the growth of certain marine plants, which contributes to unbalanced ecosystems.

Sodium hypochlorite (household bleach):  Reacts with organic materials in the environment; carcinogenic and toxic compounds are created that can cause reproductive, endocrine and immune system disorders..

EDTA (ethylene-diamino-tetra-acetate):  Can re-dissolve toxic heavy metals in the environment, allowing them to re-enter the food chain.

FragranceCancer, developmental/reproductive toxicity, allergies, immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, organ system toxicity.                                                                         


Fabric Softener Ingredients:

Benzyl acetate: Linked to pancreatic cancer.

Benzyl Alcohol: Upper respiratory tract irritant.

Ethanol: On the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Hazardous Waste list and can cause central nervous system disorders.

Limonene: Known carcinogen.

A-Terpineol : Can cause respiratory problems, including fatal edema, and central nervous system damage.

Ethyl Acetate:  A narcotic on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list.

Camphor: Causes central nervous system disorders.

Chloroform: Neurotoxic, anesthetic and carcinogenic.

Linalool:  A narcotic that causes central nervous system disorders.

Pentane:  A chemical known to be harmful if inhaled.

Fragrance:  Cancer, developmental/reproductive toxicity, allergies, immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, organ system toxicity.                                                                       



Cleaning Lady

Cleaning products, air fresheners, dry cleaning chemicals, fuel, exhaust, paint, newspapers and furnishings  can contain many toxic chemicals including Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs):

Short term health concern:

  • Eye, nose and throat irritation
  • Headaches
  • Nausea / Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Worsening of asthma symptoms

Increased risk of:

  • Cancer
  • Liver damage
  • Kidney damage
  • Central Nervous System damage

Natural Laundry Detergents and Cleaning Products:

The links that follow offer you potentially safer laundry and cleaning product options. Check the product ingredients initially and ongoing to ensure safety. Some product ingredient can be checked at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Database before you proceed with your purchase. Products with natural ingredients are usually a safer choice.

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ORDER blood tests to determine your body chemical pollution or sensitivity.


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IMPROVE HEALTH NATURALLY: The Whole Person Well-being Equation

“Everyone has a doctor in him or her; we just have to help it in its work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.”

Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, Greek Physician (460BC-377BC)

The human body was created with many amazing abilities, often referred to as ‘the doctor within’.  Understanding and utilizing those often misunderstood and mostly forgotten powers is crucial to well-being.  Exploring ways to continually develop and maintain strength of mind and body will enable you to better endure the demands of life with grace and confidence; ultimately allowing you to stay focused on the pursuit of meaningful goals.  Change and fortitude often start with a healthy dose of fear.  Sometimes the fear comes through a ‘wake up call’ resulting from debilitating symptoms, a diagnosis or loss of a loved one.  Regardless of what brings you to your ‘brick wall’, being prepared is vital.  Becoming knowledgeable about the factors affecting well-being and stocking your ‘well-being toolbox’ to be ready for future health challenges is a sensible plan.  Developing a well-being plan should take the same priority as your investment, travel and retirement plans.  Well-being is a journey not merely a destination.  The information, self-help therapies and tools in this workbook and the Grace of God will not only enable you to meet the well-being challenges on your journey equipped; but will enhance your present well-being allowing you to live your life to its fullest and longest. Come along on the Health by Design well-being journey beginning within the pages of The Whole Person Well-being Equation workbook.  I guarantee it can change your life.



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Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P., Holistic Wellness Practitioner,

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