This is especially good for those Do It Yourself (DIY) cleaning recipes that use #EssentialOils. I purchased an inexpensive plastic spray bottle from the Dollar Store, removed the spray nozzle top and placed it into the empty glass vinegar bottle. It fits well and works great and it is now ready for my next DIY home cleaning recipe using Essential Oils.
Fragrances added to many store bought cleaners, most notably laundry detergents and fabric softeners, may cause acute effects such as respiratory irritation, headache, sneezing, and watery eyes in sensitive individuals or allergy and asthma sufferers. It is much healthier and safer to use high quality Essential Oils, from Spark Naturals.
Chemicals that are so-called “hormone disruptors” can interfere with the body’s natural chemical messages, either by blocking or mimicking the actions of hormones. Possible health effects include decreased sperm counts and/or increased rates of male birth defects.
Cleaning ingredients vary in the type of health hazard they pose. Some cause hazards such as skin irritation or chemical burns, while others are associated with chronic, or long-term, effects such as cancer.
Some window cleaners contain nerve-damaging butyl cellosolve. Many contain ammonia, which may irritate airways and will release toxic chloramine gases if accidentally mixed with chlorine-containing cleaners.
Chemical drain cleaners are among the most dangerous of all cleaning products. Most contain corrosive ingredients such as sodium hydroxide and sodium hypochlorite (bleach) that can permanently burn eyes and skin. Some can be fatal if ingested.
Lye and sodium hydroxide, which are corrosive and can burn skin and eyes, are ingredients in many oven cleaners.
Some scouring powders contain silica, which is harmful when inhaled, as the abrasive scrubbing agent. And some are made with chlorine bleach, which may irritate skin airways and will form hazardous gases if mixed with ammonia or acidic cleaners.
Skin contact with furniture polishes can cause irritation, and many brands contain nerve-damaging petroleum distillates, which are flammable and dangerous if swallowed.
Most mainstream dishwashing detergents are petroleum-based, contributing to the depletion of this non-renewable resource and to our nation’s dependence on imported oil.
Powdered detergents for automatic dishwashers can contain phosphates, which overnutrify rivers and streams, causing excessive algae growth that deprives fish of oxygen.
Synthetically fragranced air fresheners can trigger allergies and potentially cause other health problems. We recommend against the use of them, especially from aerosol spray bottles. Aerosol sprays produce tiny droplets that are easily inhaled and absorbed into the body, and their propellants, usually butane and propane, are flammable. Fragrances can provoke asthmatic or allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.