The Common Cleaning Ingredient Sickening Your Household | Rodale News

The Common Cleaning Ingredient Sickening Your Household | Rodale News

We don’t use bleach for any cleaning at all anywhere on the farm! Another reason not to –

There’s no denying that bleach kills germs. But whether it’s keeping your family from getting sick may be an entirely different matter altogether. Children who live in homes cleaned with bleach may be more susceptible to respiratory and other infections, according to research published in Occupational & Environmental Medicine.

The researchers surveyed parents on bleach usage and rates of infections and found that children whose parents cleaned with bleach faced a 20 percent higher risk for the flu, 35 percent higher risk for tonsillitis, and 18 percent higher risk for recurrent infections in general.

Scientists believe that the linking factor is the indoor air pollution put off by bleach, saying that the airborne compounds of bleach may damage the lining of the lungs, causing inflammation, which makes it easier for germs to make children sick.

“The bleach might be fine at killing the virus on the surfaces in the home, but the bleach makes the children more susceptible to exposure to the virus, which is most likely outside the home,” says Susan Sumner, PhD, Associate Dean and Director of Academic Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech.

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Even ‘green’ products may pollute indoor air – Futurity

Even ‘green’ products may pollute indoor air – Futurity

Why we never add fragrance to our products, and every ingredient is always 100% natural food-grade. The importance of knowing what goes into the products we buy –

Common products, including the ones labeled “green,” “all-natural,” “non-toxic,” and “organic,” emit a range of compounds that could harm human health and air quality, according to a new study. But most of these ingredients are not disclosed to consumers.

University of Melbourne Professor Anne Steinemann investigated and compared volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted from 37 different products, such as air fresheners, cleaning products, laundry supplies, and personal care products, including those with certifications and claims of “green” and “organic.”

She tested both fragranced and fragrance-free products.

The study, published in the journal Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health, found 156 different VOCs emitted from the 37 products, with an average of 15 VOCs per product. Of these 156 VOCs, 42 are classified as toxic or hazardous under US federal laws, and each product emitted at least one of these chemicals.

The findings reveal that emissions of these air pollutants from “green” fragranced products were not significantly different from regular fragranced products.

In total, over 550 volatile ingredients were emitted from these products, but fewer than three percent were disclosed on any product label or material safety data sheet (MSDS).

“The paradox is that most of our exposure to air pollutants occurs indoors and a primary source is consumer products. But the public lacks full and accurate information on the ingredients in these products. Our indoor air environments are essentially unregulated and unmonitored,” says Steinemann, a professor of civil engineering.

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7 Things You Should Never Compost | Rodale News

7 Things You Should Never Compost | Rodale News

If you’re new to composting, seven items you should never put in your lovely compost pile! –

Contents of Vacuum Cleaner Bags

Why Avoid It: Household dust may seem innocent enough, but studies have found it’s loaded with harmful pesticide residues, flame retardants from household electronics and couches, and fake fragrance chemicals that spew from products like air fresheners and candles.

Compost This Instead: While addding household waste found in the vacuum cleaner bag to compost is a bad idea, adding waste from your yard is not. All kinds of leaves make valuable additions to any composting operation, according to Compostology 1-2-3. Shred them or run over them with a lawn mower to chop them up, speeding decomposition and helping to prevent them from sticking together into mats that resist composting. (Here are the top ways to troubleshoot common composting problems.)

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NY groups test toys in major retailers, find toxins

NY groups test toys in major retailers, find toxins

There’s a lot we don’t know about what goes into our children’s toys and clothes, why it’s important to find out –

It’s hard to imagine that stores could still have toys and products on the shelves that can be toxic to kids.There has been so much awareness about products containing chemicals that are harmful to children.

But according to a report by the New York League of Conservation Voters Education fund. and Clean and Healthy New York, some big-name brand stores are still selling toxic products. Stores like Target, TJ Maxx, Dollar General, 99 Cent City and Children’s Place stores in Onondaga County are all selling children’s toys with dangerous levels of toxic chemicals in them.

They had people from Clean and Healthy NY actually go into these stores and use a device to test merchandise. It’s a hand-held tool that can measure levels of heavy metals.

What they found may be surprising. Arsenic seems to be a component in everything that is good. Like wine for instance lately people have been talking about the level of arsenic in that. Well, they found arsenic  in children’s jewelry and hair clips. Xylophones seem to be the big ticket item for chemicals — they were found to contain lead, cobalt and mercury. They even found toxins in zippers in kids’ clothing.

The fear is that these products with the chemical compounds can cause brain damage and other problems as small children put them in their mouth. If they have had contact with the toys that contain the toxic chemicals and then put their fingers in their mouth they are transmitting the toxins that way also.

There are federal standards but the problem is they are voluntary. There has been a great deal of effort put forth to pass something but as of yet nothing has gone through. Some New York counties are acting on their own to pass laws. Washington State did pass laws in 2008 that require manufacturers of toys and other children’s products to disclose the toxic chemicals they use.

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Protect Your Kids from These Household Poisons

Protect Your Kids from These Household Poisons

Protect Your Kids from These Household Poisons

Great advice for keeping our homes safe for little ones –

As parents, we know to keep cleaning solutions, medicine and alcohol safely out of kids’ reach. But those aren’t the only dangerous items at home. “Many children have been accidentally poisoned by household items you may not expect,” says Marty Malheiro, the outreach coordinator at the Utah Poison Control Center. Here are four poisonous items commonly found at home that should be kept out of reach.


Many children’s vitamins are manufactured to look and taste like candy. But consuming too many is harmful. “Vitamins and minerals rank as the fourth most common call to the Poison Center involving children under age 6,” Malheiro says. “Adults should dispense the correct dose, then put the bottle out of reach.”


Brightly colored laundry and dish detergent pods look similar to candy and may tempt young children. “Pods contain concentrated chemicals, making them extremely harmful if ingested,” Malheiro says. Use the same caution with detergent as you would other cleaning supplies.

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