25 Sep '11, 11pm

Natural Cleaners: Healthier for You and the Planet

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency notes that conventional cleaning products make a significant contribution to indoor air pollution. In one study conducted at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, researchers found that the chemicals in everyday conventional household cleaners can trigger the onset or worsening of asthma. Conventional floor and furniture polishes include nitrobenzene, a carcinogen and reproductive toxin that can also cause short-term shortness of breath and nausea. Children with asthma can experience respiratory symptoms in a home newly cleaned with conventional products. At least one study also suggests a possible link between prenatal exposure to low doses of common cleaning chemicals and attention deficit disorder or even autism in children. Exposure to these everyday products can also affect your heart. Results from the Detroit Expos...

Full article: http://www.motherearthnews.com/mother-earth-news-fair/nat...

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